POULSBO — For the second consecutive week, North Kitsap put 60 points on the board against an Olympic League opponent, sprinting toward the postseason with a full head of steam.
Senior running back Clayton Williams ran wild against the Trojans, piling up 211 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in a 60-19 victory. North Kitsap will take on River Ridge in the district round on Friday at home.
Williams was the beneficiary of a good performance from the offensive line, which opened up plenty of holes for the speedy back, and the balance brought by the inside power running of Isaiah Kahana, who added 76 yards and two touchdowns.
“It keeps teams honest; they can’t load up on the outside or the inside,” North Kitsap head coach Jeff Weible said. “The quarterbacks made some nice checks tonight when the inside was loaded up and we had plays called in, and moved it outside.”
The game had the makings of a shootout early with five touchdowns scored between the two teams in the first quarter alone. Williams opened with a 22-yard rushing score, and Adam Johnson took an interception to the house from 63 yards out to give Olympic its only lead of the game.
After a second Williams score, Blake Wetzsteon intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to open up a two-score lead. Zeke Gillick connected with a wide open Malcolm Dewalt in the middle of a field for a 60-yard touchdown and the first quarter ended 21-13 in favor of North Kitsap.
“We were in it, I thought, the first part of the game,” Olympic head coach Sal Quitevis said. “We ended up having injuries to some of the guys we depend on to move the ball.”
The Vikings pulled away in the second quarter. Williams hit paydirt for the third time in the game with a 17-yard run, and Kahana followed with his two scores. By halftime, they led 42-19.
“We really came together in all phases of the game, we stuck it out,” Williams said.
In the third quarter, Cameron Pelegri recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, and the coaching staff then turned over the offense to some younger players. Freshman Deville Dickerson was the next Viking to reach the end zone, scoring via a 12-yard run.
The game dragged on for nearly three and a half hours due to injury stoppages and penalties. The first three quarters alone took three hours to complete, but with North Kitsap’s final touchdown by Boaz Adams as time ran down in the third, the running clock was triggered.
“We’ve got to clean that stuff up, otherwise it’s going to hurt us,” Weible said.
Thanks to North Mason’s loss to Port Angeles, Olympic moved up to the No. 3 spot in the Olympic League and will take a road trip to Eatonville in the district round.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are hoping to prove that the early season loss to Sequim was merely a blip on the screen of another solid season. They will ride a six-game winning streak into the postseason as the Olympic League’s No. 2 seed.
“I feel like we’ve come a long way since Sequim,” Williams said. “Now we’re at, I think, our best, and we’re getting better every week.”
North Kitsap 60, Olympic 19
Oly 13 6 0 0 — 19
NK 21 21 18 0 — 60
NK — Clayton Williams 22 run (kick blocked)
Oly — Adam Johnson 63 interception return (Kennedy kick)
NK — Williams 13 run (John Jones run)
NK — Blake Wetzsteon 40 interception return (Laura kick)
Oly — Malcolm Dewalt 60 pass from Zeke Gillick (kick failed)
NK — Williams 17 run (Laura kick)
NK — Isaiah Kahana 7 run (Laura kick)
NK — Kahana 2 run (Laura kick)
Oly — Darelle White 12 run (2-pt. failed)
NK — Cameron Pelegri fumble recovery (kick failed)
NK — Deville Dickerson 12 run (kick failed)
NK — Boaz Adams 11 run (kick failed)
Rushing — NK: Williams 14-211, 3 TDs; Kahana 10-76, 2 TDs; Wanzek 2-44, Dickerson 5-43, TD; Adams 2-31, TD; King 2-10, Jones 2-10, Caizza 1-8, Castro 1-8, Castillo, 1-7, Solis 1-3. Oly: Bailey 11-44, Dewalt 8-33, White 2-18, Turso 1-5, Gillick 2-1, Feistner 2-(-3).
Passing — NK: Blackmore 5-11-51, INT; Jones 2-5-14. Oly: Gillick 3-7-94, TD, INT; Turso 2-11-(-1), Dewalt 0-1-0.
Receiving — NK: Wetzsteon 2-20, Kahana 2-18, Solis 1-15, Bower 1-10, Jones 1-2. Oly: Dewalt 1-60, White 1-17, Johnson 3-16.
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MKrulishKDN.