North Kitsap running back Kelly Wanzek bursts through the line during Thursday night’s win over Olympic. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

North Kitsap running back Kelly Wanzek bursts through the line during Thursday night’s win over Olympic. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

North Kitsap caps perfect season with victory over Olympic

Normally, an undefeated season ends with with a victory at the Tacoma Dome and a whole lot of hardware, but as North Kitsap celebrated its final win of the year Thursday night, they celebrated the way they always to do — breaking in to the school fight song with a salute to the fans in attendance.

The Vikings finished a perfect 5-0 season in front of some team parents as well as the Mesford Street Faithful, beating Olympic 35-14 and capturing West Sound bragging rights for at least the next few months.

Colton Bower’s third quarter 35-yard touchdown run erased the lead Olympic took into the halftime break, and Lincoln Castillo took a jet sweep 23 yards for a score on the next drive to break open the game.

“They’re a good football team,” North Kitsap coach Jeff Weible said. “They played a really hard game tonight and gave us problems.”

The rain and the wind at North Kitsap Stadium gave both teams problems early, but it looked like the Vikings had straightened things out toward the end of the first quarter. The offense converted yet another third down with over 30 yards to go on a 35-yard pass from Bower to tight end AJ Fitsemons. A few plays later, Zeke Harris was in the end zone on an 8-yard run.

On its next drive Kelly Wanzek scored a 9-yard rushing TD, and it looked like North Kitsap was ready to roll over another opponent.

But the Trojans, fresh off a win over Sequim last week, weren’t going to go away quietly. They cut the lead to 13-7 when Dylan Boschee-Perry connected with Jesiah Guadiz-Macadangdang over the middle for a 9-yard score. Then Olympic running back Trent Feistner broke away for an 80-yard score with 3:54 to go in the half.

It’s been rare to see North Kitsap trailing at halftime at home to an Olympic League opponent in recent years, but its third quarter offensive burst helped ease the pressure. Many of the team’s top players had pulled double-duty the prior week, as they attended practices for their spring sports before hitting the gridiron.

“We just kind of didn’t play real well in the first half,” Weible said. “I just challenged them to come out and finish strong.”

Olympic lost the services of Feistner, who was on crutches by the time the second half started. Feistner finished his final game with 109 yards on 10 carries.

The Trojans had some success moving the ball in the second half, but wouldn’t find the end zone again, while Bower closed out the scoring with a 5-yard TD pass to Fitsemons.

“For the young guys coming back next year, they’re going to learn from this,” Olympic coach Sal Quitevis said. “For a half, they gave our seniors a chance, but you have to come out for that second half and not be so flat.”

Bower finished up his junior season with another fine performance, completing 13-of-22 passes for 212 yards and a score. Jaxson Gore was his top target, catching seven passes for 130 yards. Bower added another 48 yards on the ground.

The Vikings were balanced rushing for 201 yards, nearly equaling the passing game. Wanzek led the way with 87 yards on eight carries.

Football season may have come to an end, but North Kitsap’s many multi-sport athletes will still get to share the fields and courts a little longer, whether it’s baseball, track or golf.

“We’ll all get another season together,” senior Ryan Pugh said.

North Kitsap 35, Olympic 14

Oly 0 14 0 0 — 14

NK 7 6 15 7 — 35

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

North Kitsap — Zeke Harris 8 run (Gore kick)

Second Quarter

NK —Kelly Wanzek 9 run (kick failed)

Olympic — Jesiah Guadiz-Macadangdang 9 pass from Dylan Boschee-Perry (Kennedy kick)

Olympic — Trent Feistner 80 run (Kennedy kick)

Third Quarter

NK — Colton Bower 35 run (Lincoln Castillo pass from Bower)

NKp — Castillo 23 run (Gore kick)

Fourth Quarter

NK — AJ Fitsemons 5 pass from Bower (Gore kick)

Individual statistics

Passing — NK: Bower 13-22-212, TD. Olympic: Boschee-Perry 13-23-89, TD.

Rushing — NK: Wanzek 8-87, TD; Bower 8-48, TD; Harris 8-30, TD; Castillo 2-23, TD; Howard 5-12; Walsh 1-2. Olympic: Feistner 10-109, TD; Gauyan 11-56; Boschee-Perry 7-19; Ruis 5-7; Guadiz-Macadangdang 2-7; Valenzuela 2(-4).

Receiving — NK: Gore 7-130; Fitsemons 3-53, TD; Harris 2-16; Castillo 1-13. Olympic: Guadiz-Macadangdang 4-41, TD; Bluitt 4-17; Alvardo 2-14; Gauyan 2-9; Rizzo 1-8.

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