N. Kitsap hosts state playoff game Saturday

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

  • Monday, November 8, 2021 9:46am
  • Sports
Colton Bower. File Photo

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.

More in Sports

All 3 local schools win boys, girls games

Bainbridge, North Kitsap and Kingston all won their opening games this week.… Continue reading

Jonas La Tour of North Kitsap was the league MVP last spring. File Photo
Winter prep sports previews

North Kitsap boys basketball; Kingston wrestling

With the strong winds, Viking quarterback Colton Bower (2) was more effective running the ball in the first half. Here Quinn Knivila- Ruchie (52) and Jesus Mares (53) block for him. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photographs
Wind, rain, Lions knock NK out of playoffs

It’s hard enough to beat the second-ranked team in the state playoffs… Continue reading

Viking quarterback Colton Bower was named MVP, again, of the Olympic League. File Photo
Bower MVP, again; 11 others also honored

Gee, wonder who the Most Valuable Player is in the Olympic League… Continue reading

NK defense shuts out 6th opponent

Vikings blank Shadle Park, host Steilacoom

Marion Stejer, a Kingston senior, dinks the ball for a point against Lindbergh. Steve Powell/Kingston Community News photos
Kingston goes 1-1 at district tourney

The Kingston girls volleyball team easily won its first contest at the… Continue reading

The moment North Kitsap realized it had won and would advance to state. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK advances to state in girls volleyball

After qualifying for state last week, North Kitsap’s girls volleyball team went… Continue reading

Colton Bower. File Photo
N. Kitsap hosts state playoff game Saturday

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

The North Kitsap boys basketball team celebrates after pulling off an improbable comeback in the semifinals in the 2A state tournament against Lynden. (File photo)
Krulish: A look back at my 4 years in Kitsap

After a little over four years covering high school sports, and occasionally… Continue reading

Colton Bower’s 299-yard, six touchdown performance on Friday night helped him break the North Kitsap record for passing yards in a season. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Bower sets NK passing record in win over Kingston

Colton Bower is one of the last players you’ll ever hear talking… Continue reading

North Kitsap’s Maddie Pryde tips a shot past two Bainbridge defenders. The Vikings defeated the Spartans on Tuesday night to split their season series and share the top spot in the Olympic League. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
NK beats BHS to share top spot in Olympic League

The North Kitsap volleyball team never forgot about its first loss of… Continue reading

Review file photo 
The Bainbridge HS girls cross country team, shown here taking off during a league meet at Battle Point Park, took home the Olympic League championship last week.
Spartan girls XC win Olympic League title

The Spartans girls cross country team cooked up the same recipe for… Continue reading