Vikings defense too much for the Wolves | Football

The North Kitsap varsity team held the Wolves to 58 yards during the 33-13 homecoming win North Kitsap Stadium. It was the plan all along.

POULSBO — The Vikings’ goal of shutting down the Sequim Wolves’ offense was met Sept. 26.

The North Kitsap varsity team held the Wolves to 58 yards during the 33-13 homecoming win North Kitsap Stadium. It was the plan all along.

“That was our goal,” North Kitsap senior tailback TJ Jensen said. The team was attempting to hold the Wolves to under 50 yards, he said.

The Vikings (1-0, 4-0) allowed the Wolves (1-1, 3-1) an early lead when Sequim’s Gavin Velarde ran for a game-opening score off a kickoff. The lead wouldn’t last long.

North Kitsap pounded Sequim for more than 500 yards of offense, including 343 on the ground, as four different Vikings scored rushing touchdowns.

Jensen’s eight-yard scamper with 6:28 to go in the first half put North Kitsap up 20-6 and Jensen increased North’s lead to 27-6 with another eight-yard plunge to open the second half of scoring.

Following Sam Henden’s 10-yard scoring run that put North Kitsap up 33-13, Velarde, whose 95-yard kick return opened the game’s scoring just 17 seconds in, returned a kickoff 91 yards to paydirt with 1:23 in the game to bookend the scoring stat sheet.

Ty Jones led Sequim with 36 rushing yards while the Vikings held quarterback Miguel Moroles to just four yards; Moroles had 329 rushing yards and six touchdowns coming into Friday night’s game. Moroles was held to 51 yards passing and the Sequim offense to under 100 total yards in a matchup of previously undefeated squads.

“We’ve been playing fast,” Jensen said.

Because many on the Vikings’ defensive team are returning players, it has allowed them to run more advanced plays and no-huddle defense. Jensen said the defense knows most of their plays by hand signals.

The Vikings ability to hold their opponent short of the goal line has been a common theme since the start of the season. The team allowed 21 points in their first three games. The win over the Wolves brings the total to 34.

But the Vikings might have a tougher challenge on their hands during the Oct. 3 game against the North Mason Bulldogs. The Bulldogs (2-0, 3-1) defeated the Kingston Buccaneers (0-2, 0-4) Sept. 26.

Prior to the win over the Bucs, the Bulldogs handed the Port Angeles Roughriders (1-1, 3-1) their first loss of the season with a 27-14 victory. The Bulldogs scored 13 in the fourth to break a tie and win. North Mason’s Matt Becker ran 23 yards for a touchdown and Cole Rinehart ran 46 yards to seal the victory.

With the Bulldogs’ run game already giving some in the league headaches, the Vikings will need to ensure their run defense remains as solid as it has been.

Next: North Kitsap vs. North Mason @ North Mason, 7 p.m., Oct. 3