North Kitsap flooded White River in a district football showdown with a 41-0 shutout Nov. 3.
“I’m really proud of the kids,” coach Jeff Weible said. “I talked to them before the game and told them we went to work on December 6th after we lost” to Lynden in the state football playoffs last year. “The next morning, the kids were watching film, eating pancakes and getting prepared for this point.”
The Vikings struggled early, only getting three points in the first quarter from an Andrew Knott 31-yard field goal. However, the Viking defense held strong despite giving up three first downs by penalties.
It didn’t look good when NK quarterback Cole Edwards threw an interception near midfield. White River’s Levi Northam returned it to North Kitsap’s 5-yard line, and Logan Sloman made a touchdown-saving tackle.
“It’s the kind of kid he is. He doesn’t give up on anything,” Weible said. “He makes the play there, and the defense holds up and allows the offense to drive the ball 98 yards and score.”
That boosted NK as it scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, all by running back Carter Dungy. He scored on a 29-yard run, 13-yard run and 4-yard run within minutes. “The offensive line stepped up tonight,” Weible said. “We felt like we could run against these guys, and we got to run the ball this time of the year.”
Rain poured in the second half, slowing down both offenses. The Hornets and NK both turned the ball over on downs a couple of times near midfield. But then Edwards scrambled downfield and later scored on a 9-yard run.
With the big lead, the running mercy clock began. The scoring ended with Knott’s second 31-yard field goal.
Bremerton will return to the state playoffs for the first time since 2012, defeating Renton 39-22 Nov. 3.
Alijah Logova kicked off the running showdown with a 2-yard touchdown run within the first few minutes of the game. Renton responded with a 6-yard TD catch and took the lead before the quarter ended 14-7.
However, Bremerton’s running game marched the Knights downfield. Jalin Littleraven-Oliver tied the game with an 8-yard run. Littleraven-Oliver earned his second touchdown a few minutes later to make it 20-14. But Renton responded with an 81-yard touchdown run to take back the lead 22-20.
The Knights began to pull away in the second and third quarters. Oliver Christian and Litttleraven-Oliver both scored from about 20 yards out to make it 32-22. The Knights sealed the deal with Logova’s 21-yard TD run.
The Olympic Trojans traveled to Orting as the third team in the Olympic League. Despite making it to state last season, the Trojans will not return. Orting dominated the Trojans 44-0.