BREMERTON — Under the crescent moon and the bright lights of Silverdale Stadium, the seniors on the Olympic High School football team took the field one last time and went out with a bang Oct. 26.
Led by outgoing linemen such as Darian Carrier, Jamie Jimenez, Darian Camacho and Brian Ferguson, Trojan running backs rolled up 393 rushing yards in a dominant 59-13 win over Port Angeles to close out the 2017 season.
Olympic’s offense was unstoppable, scoring touchdowns on its first six drives and nine of 10 overall — only a short possession to close out the first half did not result in points.
The rushing attack was led by senior Mason Quitevis, who scored four touchdowns and gained 131 yards on 21 carries. Sophomore Malcolm Dewalt rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, and junior Darelle White picked up 87 yards on four carries, using his speed to gain big yardage on the outside to complement the inside power running of Quitevis. Dewalt also caught two passes for 74 yards, and White added one reception for 20 yards.
“When we came here tonight, we thought we had some speed and we thought if we could create holes and chances on the edge, we could get outside and do some work,” Olympic head coach Sal Quitevis said.
The Olympic defense had a rockier start as Port Angeles scored on its first two drives — the Roughriders opened with a halfback pass that resulted in Jarrett Burns finding Ian Moan for a 37-yard gain. Near the goal line, quarterback Chris Guttormsen rolled right and found Garrett Edwards in the end zone for a 4-yard score.
But senior Kyle Farrell, who got the start under center, made his own big play, connecting with Dewalt for a 58-yard gain, which set up Quitevis’s 8-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 7.
After another touchdown pass by Guttormsen, the Trojans answered again on a 14-yard score from White. The defense settled down soon after and made its first stop when sophomore Clayton Talarico recovered a fumble. The turnover set up Olympic’s next score, a 12-yard run by Quitevis, to make it 19-13.
The game initially had all the makings of a shootout, but the defense eventually found its footing and before long the Port Angeles offense was under immense pressure.
Another outgoing senior, Taleeke Davie, one of the team’s defensive leaders all season long, finished the game with 2.5 sacks. The Roughriders were held to just 34 yards passing after scoring its second touchdown, and their standout running back, Burns, only gained 61 yards on 11 carries in the game. In total, the defense racked up five sacks, recovered two fumbles and had one interception.
“We came out kind of flat, the kids with Senior Night and all that stuff, I thought they were out of rhythm,” Quitevis said. “Penalties didn’t help us either, so I commend them for coming out and getting through that first six or eight minutes of penalties and stuff not going our way.”
Meanwhile, the offense continued to churn out yards and touchdowns.
Perhaps the moment that best foreshadowed the dominance to come for Olympic was a stiff arm delivered by Dewalt to a Port Angeles defender as he ran 16 yards to the end zone to give his team a 25-13 lead. White added a 41-yard touchdown on the first play of the next drive, and then Quitevis scored once more from 6 yards out. After its first six drives, Olympic led 41-13.
Heading into the game, the team knew it would be the last of the season — an Oct. 13 loss to Sequim ultimately knocked the Trojans out of contention for the final district playoff spot, and there is no opponent lined up for a Week 10 match.
“I told them this would have been the game to see who gets that last playoff position, so let’s play like it,” Quitevis said. “Besides the slow start, I thought they played tough. They did our seniors right, it was Senior Night. Not only did the seniors play like it was their last time on the field, the younger guys made sure they left with a win in their last game.”
Olympic finished the year with a 4-5 record — 3-3 in league play — in somewhat of a rebuilding season. With players such as White, Dewalt, and quarterback Zeke Gillick ready to lead the team next year, the future is bright in East Bremerton.
“We’re really young, but we have very talented young guys,” Mason Quitevis said. “They just needed experience, and in one to two years, this team could be really special.”
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at email@example.com.