What to look for in this weekend’s football games

North Mason (0-5, 0-3) at Bainbridge (1-4, 1-2)

North Mason and Bainbridge will be a low-scoring game. The Bulldogs average 7.3 points per game while the Spartans average 13.8 points per game. In addition, both squads have younger quarterbacks at the helm.

North Mason’s quarterback Micah McIntyre comes in as a junior while Bainbridge’s Jack Grant is a sophomore. Bainbridge will look to throw the ball early and often. Therefore, keep your eyes on wide receivers Jeff Utter, Luke Lavigne and running back Micah Bryant on check downs.

Bremerton (4-1, 2-1) at Port Angeles (1-4, 0-3)

Bremerton’s rushing attack has led to the Knights’ success. Jayden Quenga ranks fourth in 2A for rushing yards this season with 520 while Oliver Christian ranks ninth with 416. In addition, both Knights rush for over nine yards an attempt and have a combined 14 touchdowns. Both running backs should have a field day against the Roughriders.

Port Angeles has scored 55 points against teams with a losing record. On the flip side, they have scored three points in three games against teams with a winning record. Therefore, their offense must break through Bremerton’s front seven early before they find themselves in a hole.

Kingston (2-3, 1-2) at North Kitsap (4-1, 3-0)

North Kitsap’s offense is beginning to fire on all angles. Coach Jeff Weible bounces between the more physical gunslinger in Beau Pahrmann and dual-threat quarterback Cole Edwards each game. Both quarterbacks provide different issues for offenses as Edwards has thrown for 336 yards and rushed for two touchdowns. Pahrmann has thrown for 496 yards and eight touchdowns.

A matchup to watch is Kingston’s Noah Walter against North Kitsap’s Logan Sloman. Walter has a season-high nine catches for 157 yards and a touchdown in one game. Sloman is coming off a two-touchdown performance on offense and an interception on defense.

Peninsula (4-1, 3-0) at Central Kitsap (0-5, 0-3)

Peninsula is a first-half team. The Seahawks score over 50 percent of their points in the first two quarters, including an average of 11 in the second. In addition, they score almost 39 points per game in their first five matchups.

Central Kitsap is a second-half squad. The Cougars average 2.3 points in the first half compared to seven points in the second. If the Cougars want a chance, the defense must hold strong in the first half.

Olympic (4-0, 3-0) at Sequim (2-3, 2-1)

Olympic’s offense is potentially the most dangerous in the Olympic League. Trojans’ running back Joshua Gauyan has the most rushing yards in the league and third most in 2A statewide with 531 yards. Quarterback Justin Kelley ranks fifth in 2A with 671 passing yards and nine touchdown passes. Luke Silva ranks fourth in receiving yards with 316 and second for touchdown receptions with five.

After starting 0-3, Sequim has won two straight games, scoring 63 points combined. The Wolves ground game comes from all skilled positions. The Wolves jet sweeps, dives, RPOs, and other rushing attacks must work to keep Olympic’s offense off the field as long as possible.

South Kitsap (1-4) at Bellarmine Prep (1-4)

South Kitsap’s record does not look pretty. However, they have put points on the board every quarter compared to Bellarmine Prep. However, this matchup can come down to the final quarter.

South Kitsap’s fourth quarter is their lowest scoring quarter, averaging 1.5 points per game. Bellarmine’s fourth-quarter scoring is the highest of every quarter, averaging 4 points per game. In a slugfest between bottom teams, a late-game score could make the difference.