Port Angeles’ Jarret Burns, left, looks for an opening against Kingston during the first quarter on Sept. 29 in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Angeles’ Jarret Burns, left, looks for an opening against Kingston during the first quarter on Sept. 29 in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Kingston falls to Port Angeles in Olympic League contest | Prep Football

Jarrett Burns scored four touchdowns for Port Angeles in the victory.

PORT ANGELES — Riding four touchdowns from Jarrett Burns and a dominant performance by their offensive line, the Port Angeles Roughriders steamrolled Kingston, 35-14.

Burns gained 211 yards on 28 carries in Friday’s Olympic League 2A Division win for the Riders. He had touchdown runs of nine, six, six and five yards.

The win gives Port Angeles (2-1, 3-2) a winning record at midseason and also put them in sole possession of third place in the Olympic League 2A Division.

Not to take anything away from Burns, but his offensive line blew open gaping holes for him to run through all night. Several times on some of his bigger runs, he was 10-15 yards downfield and still had linemen in front of him blocking.

After the game, Burns said he was tired but ecstatic with the win.“I’m a little sore, but we’re ready for the next game.”

Burns gave credit to his offensive lineman and to his lead blocker Jake Allen. “And the wide receivers when I got outside,” he said, not forgetting anyone.

“We’re going to the playoffs, our team is definitely special right now,” Burns said.

Also with a big game was Garrett Edwards. He had a 42-yard punt return to set up the Riders’ first touchdown in the first quarter. Then, he made arguably the play of the game with an interception in the end zone and an 80-yard return in the third quarter to snuff out a potential comeback by the Buccaneers.

“We’re just playing as a team right now, everyone is doing their job,” Edwards said. “The coaches are doing a good job of coaching the line.”

“I was most pleased with our offensive line. They’re really coming into their own right now,” said coach Brett Curtis.

Curtis was also happy that the Riders were effective in the red zone, with seven trips inside the 20 resulting in five touchdowns (one possession ended in a fumble and another in an interception on a halfback option). He said this had been a problem for the team all year.

“I’m pleased we finished drives out,” he said.

“We’re 2-1 [ in the Olympic League], we’re in the middle of the pack, we’re shooting for the playoffs.

“It’s early. It’s one game at a time, but tonight we took another step. It was a nice win, the boys feel good,”

Curtis agreed Edwards’ INT was a huge play. The Riders had a 22-6 lead in the third quarter, but Kingston had methodically moved the ball down the 14-yard-line, threatening to get within one score of Port Angeles. A couple of Riders’ turnovers deep in Kingston’s end in the first half were looming large.

Kingston quarterback Nick Waxon rolled to his right and briefly had a receiver all alone wide open in left side of the end zone. But, after he threw the pass across his body, Edwards broke on the ball, picked it off, then rumbled all the way down to the Riders’ 18-yard-line before he was finally brought down. “I was just dead,” Edwards said about the end of his 85-yard runback.

The Riders had a similar goal-line stand to help preserve their win last week against North Mason. “Our defense played well. We bend but we don’t break,” Curtis said.

Penalties a problem

About the only black eye on the win was a slew of penalties called against the Riders, including a block in the back that cost Port Angeles a touchdown on a long kick return by Edwards. Several of the penalties were for unsportsmanlike conduct or late hits. Curtis said in a close game, those penalties could have been devastating.

“We gotta be more disciplined than that. We gotta be better,” he said.

In addition to Burns’ 211 yards rushing, Glenn Deckard had 49 yards rushing, mostly in the fourth quarter, as the Riders piled up 270 yards on the ground.

The Riders didn’t throw much and really didn’t need to with Burns carrying the load. Quarterback Chris Guttormsen completed 3 of 4 passes, including a pretty 31-yard touchdown to Anton Kathol.

T.J. Johnson also had a fumble recovery on defense to snuff out another Buccaneers’ drive.

Port Angeles (2-1, 3-2) sits behind unbeaten Bremerton and North Kitsap in the Olympic League 2A League. The Riders next play at Renton at 7 p.m. Friday in a nonleague game, then returns to Civic Field for homecoming Oct. 13 against Bremerton.

Port Angeles 35, Kingston 14

Kingston 6 0 0 8— 14

Port Angeles 7 15 13 0— 35

First Quarter

PA — Burns 9 run (Alvarez kick)

K — Waxon 3 run (PAT failed)

Second Quarter

PA — Burns 6 run (Moan run)

PA — Kathol 31 pass from Guttormsen (Alvarez kick)

Third Quarter

PA — Burns 6 run (PAT failed)

PA — Burns 5 run (Alvarez kick)

Fourth Quarter

K — Waxon 24 pass from Hale (PAT good)

Individual Stats

Rushing—PA: Burns 28-211, Deckard 6-49, Guttormsen 1-9, Allen 1-3; K: Waxon 20-63, Whalen 13-36.

Passing—PA: Guttormsen 3-4-54, TD, Burns 0-1, INT; K: Waxon 4-9-30, 2 INT, Hale 3-6-40, TD.

Receiving—PA: Bowen 1-5, Allen 1-18, Kathol 1-31; K: Waxon 2-38, Zook 1-11, Hale 2-14.

More in Sports

Mark Krulish
Kraken hope slow and steady wins the race

The tortoise and the hare, one of Aesop’s fables, is one of… Continue reading

q
Kiwanis Park gets new disc golf putting green

It’s golf, but without the heavy clubs, carts and dress code, and… Continue reading

Chad Rounds, Jimmy Lee Burrus and Ryan Hough on the water at the completion of the Warrior Paddle. (Contributed photo)
Veterans paddle to raise awareness for mental health

Armed Forces veterans know what it means to face a challenge head-on.… Continue reading

Raul Ruidiaz tries to squeeze by a Sporting KC defender in Seattle’s 3-1 loss on Sunday at Lummen Field. (Mike Fiechtner/Sounders FC Communications)
Sounders win at Austin, lose at home, but stay in 1st

With a number of veteran players remaining out of the lineup due… Continue reading

The Bainbridge LL Senior All Stars were coached by Larry Goode and Life Horwitz. The players were: Christian Benze, McCrea Curfman, Garrett Goade, Conor Grady, Spencer Grady, Matthew Grant, Jack Grant, Ben Hobbs, Monty Horowitz, Judah Marshall, Andrew O’Connell, Isaac Sellers, Miles Wieland, Owen Bernstein and AJ Stevens. (Photo courtesy Ed Wieland)
BI baseball team that almost wasn’t goes 15-2

At the beginning of the Little League season, it looked like the… Continue reading

Mark Krulish
Krulish: 2021 sports season one we’ll never forget

It was likely the shortest high school sports season in state history,… Continue reading

New Seattle Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol listens during a news conference June, 24 in Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)
Seattle Kraken putting together NHL coaching staff

The Seattle Kraken inaugural season is rapidly approaching, and with the expansion… Continue reading

Ben Kussie digs out of the box for the Reds in the 18th annual old-timers and alumni Stars and Strikes game as MacKenzie Bond waits on deck. Bond tripled home Kussie in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and send it to extra innings. (Photo courtesy Paimon Jaberi)
Reds win BI’s Stars and Strikes game with walkoff double

Participants glad to be back after year off due to COVID

Dominic D’Amico makes the final out of the game at second base and avoids a collision with a Gig Harbor base runner in the District 2 championship. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
BI Little League majors capture district championship

Team advances to state in Redmond July 17

Jaynie Davis (3) makes the grab coming over from leftfield as Layla Baker backs her up. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
NK can’t flush away final 2 losses to Gig Harbor

The North Kitsap Little League Majors Softball All Stars had an unusual… Continue reading

The annual Stars and Strikes 
old-timers game will take place 
at noon July 4 at Bainbridge 
High School. 
Review file photo
Old-timers return to field in July 4 Stars and Strikes game

The “old-timers” are going to hit the diamond once again this year,… Continue reading