North Kitsap 33, River Ridge 22
Isaiah Kahana and Blake Wetzsteon led the charge to erase a 22-12 halftime deficit to send the Vikings on to the 2A state football tournament.
Kahana rushed for 225 yards on 40 carries and one touchdown, willing his way through the line of scrimmage each time he took a handoff. He also hauled in a late touchdown pass from Andrew Blackmore. Wetzsteon caught four passes for 79 yards, but more importantly, had three crucial interceptions of River Ridge quarterback Tomasi Manu. He took his second interception to the house from 48 yards away to give North Kitsap a lead in the third quarter.
Full coverage of that game can be found here.
North Kitsap received the No. 10 seed in the state tournament and will go on the road to play Fife in Sumner on Friday.
Next game: Nov. 9, 7 p.m. at Fife (at Sunset Chevy Stadium, Sumner).
Klahowya 21, Bellevue Christian 0
The Eagles defense pitched a shutout in a de facto playoff game on Saturday night at Sammamish High School, defeating Bellevue Christian, 21-0, to clinch a spot in the 1A state tournament.
Klahowya sacked Bellevue Christian freshman Samuel Cornett seven times. Tanner Weaver led the team with 2.5 sacks. Luke Stahl recorded eight solo tackles and had two tackles for a loss.
John Hartford rushed for a pair of touchdowns and completed 9 of 11 passes for 114 yards in the victory. Hunter Wallis carried the ball 24 times for 141 yards, and Drew Dickson caught four passes for 55 yards and returned a punt for a touchdown.
As the No. 15 seed at state, Klahowya will hit the road this weekend and face Zillah.
Next game: Nov. 9, 6 p.m. at Zillah.
Eatonville 64, Olympic 27
The shorthanded Trojans had a tough time containing Eatonville sophomore Caden Jumper, who scored three touchdowns for the Cruisers in a 64-27 rout. Zeke Gillick threw for 262 yards and three touchdown passes, but also three interceptions. Adam Johnson led the receiving corps with eight catches for 121 yards and a touchdown. Taylor Andrews had two receptions for 69 yards, one of which was a 65-yard score. Trent Feistner rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown as well. The Trojans finished the season with a 3-7 record.
Squalicum 53, Central Kitsap 13
A fine season came to a disappointing end in the district round of the playoffs as the Storm rolled to a 53-13 win up in Bellingham.
Alex Refilong and Jeven Keel scored early touchdowns for Central Kitsap, which actually led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter. But Squalicum’s offense kicked it into high gear and left the Cougars in the dust, scoring the next 47 consecutive points. Central Kitsap ends 2018 with a 6-4 record and some optimism with a number of starters returning next year.
Kingston 26, Evergreen 16
Julani McGinty gave the Bucs a third quarter lead with a 14-yard rushing touchdown, and they held on to take down Evergreen, 26-16. Kingston finished 3-7, the program’s best record since 2015.
Bremerton 42, South Kitsap 25
Rasheed Joiner ended his high school career with a bang, rushing for 181 yards and a touchdown as the Knights defeated South Kitsap, 42-25. Joiner also caught one pass for 52 yards. He finished the season with 1,282 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Abraham Parish led Bremerton with 193 rushing yards and completed 4 of 6 passes for 99 yards. Darick Dejesus added 98 and hit the end zone three times. In all, Bremerton rushed for 579 yards against the Wolves. This young Knights team finished with a 4-6 record, and with a huge freshman class this year, the future is looking up once again for this program.
South Kitsap kept things close for most of the game. Hezekiah Moore hit Dajshon Keel for a touchdown to take a 7-2 lead in the first quarter. Tyson Carter’s 2-yard touchdown in the second brought the Wolves back to 16-14, but the Knights pulled away in the second half. Moore threw a fourth quarter touchdown to Nick Rinearson for South Kitsap’s last score of the season. They finished 0-10 for the second consecutive year.
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MKrulishKDN.