“NK loses match to CK, 40-28”

Central's Roy gains 221 yards in win.

“SILVERDALE – This time, North Kitsap was on the wrong end of a scoring barrage. North, which scored five touchdowns in a 36-17 win over Decatur last week, fell to Central Kitsap Friday by a score of 40-28. The game left North Kitsap with a record of 0-1 in league … and one unhappy coach. Jerry Parrish, talking after the game, called the Vikings’ performance unacceptable. I was very disappointed in our attitude, Parrish said. They’ve got to get themselves ready to play with intensity. Parrish said the players weren’t aggressive, didn’t carry out their assignments and didn’t play good defense. And, he added, We blocked as poor as we have in a long time. When asked if there were any significant injuries during the game, Parrish said, We didn’t hit anyone hard enough to get injured. The Cougars, playing for first-year head coach Mark Keel, struck early. On their second play of the game, running back Eric Roy took the ball, ran into the line, and emerged sprinting on the other side. Roy, running over left tackle, sprinted down the left side of the field and didn’t stop until he was jogging into the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown run. North scored next. From 18 yards out, an end-around left Neil Krech with the ball and a path to the end zone. He punched his way in, and after a two-point conversion failed, the score was 7-6, with Central Kitsap clinging to a lead. North Kitsap took the lead later in the quarter. On eighth play of a drive, with the Vikings stationed on the Central Kitsap 12-yard line, Ryan Buchanan dropped back and fired a pass to Patrick Gilbert. Gilbert hopped up, ripped the ball away from the defensive back, and came back down in the end zone. Krech ran into the end zone for a two-point conversion, and the Vikings held a 14-7 lead. The next drive for the Cougars featured Roy, a state track star as well as the team’s running back. On one play, Roy knocked a reeling defender back with one arm and gained 15 yards. On another, he ran over right tackle and gained 29 yards. Finally, at the end of drive, he danced past defenders for a 12-yard touchdown score. The extra point was good. The score was 14-14 at the end of the first quarter. North again took the lead in the second quarter, with Chris Allsop pounding the ball up the middle for a touchdown. When the two-point conversion failed, the score was 20-14, North. The crowd chanted Er-IC, Er-IC as the Cougars marched down the field. Roy didn’t disappoint them by scoring his second rushing touchdown of the game, and an extra point made the score 21-20. That was the score at halftime. The Vikings scored again on a Buchanan run, with Allsop running the ball for a two-point conversion, and the score stood at 29-21. Central answered later in the quarter with quarterback Dylan Robbins tossing a touchdown pass to receiver Dyame Leming. The two-point conversion failed and North clung to a 28-27 lead. But in the fourth quarter, Central went ahead for good. Robbins kept the ball and ran it in for a touchdown. The two-point attempt didn’t work, and Central’s lead was 33-28. The Cougars added a second touchdown when Blake Berryman, in for the injured Roy, sprinted in from 31 yards out to give Central a 40-28 lead. And that was the score when the game ended. Afterwards, Coach Keel beamed after his first district win. We kept our composure, he said. They’re a good, disciplined football team. We can’t get down … the key is how to react to it. Keel said the game against North was a big one. We knew that if we take them down, we’re a game ahead of them, he said. Outside, some CK fans also took credit for the victory. Toting a paper-maché lizard named Cerillo, mascot of the Kentral Krazies, Will Shaub and Jesse Richards – and Cerillo – stayed in the parking lot, happy over the win. Cerillo says, ‘We sunk the Viking ship,’ Richards translated. The Cougars also got some help from their running backs. Mike Kluge gained 32 yards on eight carries, Berryman added 61 yards of his own and a touchdown, and the big gun was Roy, who gained 221 yards and ran for three touchdowns. When asked about Roy’s performance, Parrish said, When you don’t drop a guy, or miss tackles, you make him look pretty good. “