Football Week 3 preview: Two undefeated teams square off

North Kitsap (2-0) at Sequim (2-0), 7 p.m.

After squeaking by Bainbridge in Week 1, the Vikings crunched Kamiak, 56-0, last week. North Kitsap now moves into its league schedule with an away game up in Sequim. They had a little trouble defending the pass against Bainbridge quarterback Gannon Winker, who was able to hit a few deep passes against the North Kitsap secondary. It will be interesting to see how well they defend Riley Cowan, Sequim’s four-year starting quarterback and all-time leading passer. North Kitsap should still be favored, but it could be a little closer than last year’s 42-0 result.

Olympic (0-2) at North Mason (2-0), 7 p.m.

The Trojans are looking to get into the win column, and there is no better time than their first league game of the season. The Bulldogs will be a tough opponent. They’re big, strong and physical. But Olympic’s speed should be able to help counteract their size disadvantage. Slowing down the running back tandem of Reece Smelcer and Dylan Tupolo will be key. The Trojans will also need to remain disciplined — North Mason took more than 15 penalties in its Week 2 game against Klahowya, which stalled out a number of its offensive drives.

Yelm (1-1) at Central Kitsap (2-0), 7 p.m.

The Cougars went on the road to Yelm last year and opened up 14-0 lead over the Tornados, looking certain to clinch a playoff spot. But Yelm stormed back and eventually won the contest, 35-28, leaving Central Kitsap outside of the postseason. With a 2-0 record, an unstoppable running back in Alex Refilong (over 430 yards in two games) and an unheralded defense, the Cougars are looking to get their South Sound Conference season off on the right foot and erase the bitter memories of 2017.

Curtis (2-0) at South Kitsap (0-2), 7 p.m.

The Wolves have lost their first two games by a combined score of 91-0, including a 42-0 loss to Rogers in Week 2. It doesn’t get any easier in this week. Curtis is off to a 2-0 start, having beaten Rogers, 51-21, in Week 1 and then Gig Harbor.

Port Angeles (0-2) at Kingston (1-1), 7 p.m.

The Bucs snapped their 16-game losing streak last week with a 30-25 win over Port Townsend. Their last win at home was against Port Angeles in 2016, and they’re hoping to repeat those good fortunes. The Roughriders have a good defense, but have struggled to move the ball through their first two games. Kingston should continue to feature junior Garrett Sitting-Dog in the run game. He has 350 yards so far this season. This should be a tight game from start to finish.

Klahowya (1-1) at Granite Falls (0-2), 7 p.m.

The Eagles’ hopes for a playoff spot have to be buoyed after hanging in there against a North Mason team that had an enormous size advantage last week. Klahowya will play one more non-league contest against a struggling Granite Falls team. John Hartford has completed 69 percent of his passes through two games, and running back Hunter Wallis leads the team with 191 yards.

Rochester (1-1) at Bremerton (0-2), 7 p.m.

The Knights have struggled so far in the midst of a tough five-game stretch to start the season. A matchup at home against Rochester should hopefully offer somewhat of a reprieve before Bremerton has to go back on the road against North Kitsap and North Mason. Sophomore quarterback Kelo Logova is the team’s top rusher through two games with 167 yards.

— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at mkrulish@soundpublishing.com

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