N. Kitsap hosts state playoff game Saturday

14th seeded Shadle Park will face No. 3 seed Vikings

North Kitsap will host Shadle Park Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Round of 16 state playoffs.

The Vikings are seeded No.3 while Shadle Park, 6-2, was seeded 14th.

The visitors will be facing a team that’s outscored opponents 444-78 this year.

If North Kitsap wins, it will host the winner of the No. 11 Othello-No. 6 Steilacoom game. The losers go home.

In its tuneup game last Friday, North Kitsap trounced the Renton RedHawks 42-7 in a home game.

Colton Bower threw for just 127 yards and two TDs hitting on 9 of 13 attempts. Alex Hitching caught both scores and had four other receptions for 78 total yards. Ethan Guerra had three catches for 53 yards.

NK was also strong on the ground. Zeke Harris had 12 rushes for 73 yards and a score. Benen Lawler had a strong all-around game with 57 rushing yards on nine tries and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 25 yards.

NK is now 9-0 and finished 6-0 in Olympic League play.

The home team took advantage of two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, along with numerous penalties. And the defense scored on a pick-6.

Five minutes into the game NK got on the board with a Bower touchdown pass.

The Vikings got the ball right back when Renton fumbled on its own 7-yard line, but couldn’t take advantage, giving the ball right back after not being able to move the ball on four plays.

However, Renton turned the ball over again on an interception on its own 41-yard line, and NK did capitalize this time, making it 14-0 after one quarter.

Later a RedHawk was disqualified for a personal foul, and one was injured badly and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance.

When the game resumed, NK recovered another fumble on its own 36-yard line then Bower passed for a TD after a number of penalties.

After a punt, the Vikings drove it in for another rushing score to make it 28-0 at halftime.

Referees tried to address the fighting and penalties by talking to captains prior to start of second half.

After a punt, NK took over on Renton’s 45-yard line. The Vikings later ran it in for a score.

After another unsportsmanlike penalty on the RedHawks and another punt, the Vikings took over again on the Renton 45-yard line. Renton’s defense held, and they took the ball over again on downs.

After a short drive, however, NK intercepted a pass and ran it in for a score to make it 42-0.

After yet another personal foul on the visitors, they had their longest play of the game, a 29-yard run, then went on to score a rushing TD to make it 42-7.