Spartans hammer Sequim, 51-0

Spartan defensive lineman Nate Draper makes an open field tackle on Sequim running back Adrien Gault. - JIM BRYANT photo
Spartan defensive lineman Nate Draper makes an open field tackle on Sequim running back Adrien Gault.
— image credit: JIM BRYANT photo

Two Sequim players left by ambulance as Bainbridge rolled to a 51-0 victory.

It was so lopsided that the referees let the second-half clock run down unimpeded, to hasten the end of the game.

The Spartan varsity football team got back to winning ways Friday evening, pounding the visiting Wolves of Sequim 51-0 at Memorial Stadium. But the big victory was tempered by concern for several visiting players who left the field on their backs, with the assistance of paramedics.

Both were transported to the hospital as a precaution, and one has already been cleared to play this weekend, Bainbridge school officials said Monday.

“It was just a bad position they were in,” defensive coordinator Sean Eaton said. “Players were asking ‘Is he all right? Is he OK?’ We just tried to keep the kids calm, show respect and let the medics take care of it.

“When they made the announcement on Monday that the kids were OK, there was a lot of relief from players, coaches and teachers.”

A week after being blanked at Ingraham, the Spartans came out with purpose against the previously unbeaten Wolves, and got a lift from the visitors’ miscues.

The opening kickoff went through the legs of the Sequim returner, who then lost a footrace to the loose ball to Spartan Kauika Peleti at the eight yard line, giving Bainbridge possession.

Running back Max Kaufman swept in from around the left end on the first play from scrimmage, and after a failed conversion, Bainbridge held a 6-0 lead just 10 seconds into the contest.

The Wolves answered with a long and impressive drive. The effort was keyed by a Sean Dinius reverse to the Bainbridge six yard line, where Cameron Johnson made a touchdown-saving tackle for Bainbridge.

But the Spartan defense buckled down, and the Wolves were denied when three runs went nowhere and a fourth-and-goal pass fell incomplete in end zone traffic.

It proved to be as close as Sequim would get, as Bainbridge marched the ball the other way on the shoulders of running back Carter Williams. Jake Hinton capped the 12-play, 94-yard drive with a 34-yard sprint down the right sideline, slipping tackles as he went. After a failed two-point try, Bainbridge exited the quarter with a 12-0 lead.

Nick Stone padded the lead two plays into the second frame, intercepting a pass on a halfback option and sprinting to paydirt 53 yards the other direction.

Stone scored again from the offensive side near the end of the half, knifing through the line for a six-yard score. The fourth failed conversion of the evening gave Bainbridge a 24-0 lead, which Carter Williams later padded to 31-0 on a pitch left from a yard out.

The game saw the first of several lengthy delays late in the half. Coming up from the safety position, Stone leveled a Sequim player after a dropped pass over the middle; the player had to be taken away by ambulance, the first of several Wolves to depart the game with assistance. Another was transported after an injury sustained during a Spartan extra point.

The delays and lopsided score cast something of a pall over the otherwise celebratory evening, as the referees let the game clock run without stopping.

Clif McKenzie and Dane Hiett rounded out the scoring for Bainbridge. McKenzie bolted 30 yards for a third-quarter score, followed shortly by Hiett on a goal-line plunge.

The evening was keyed by big plays by Brian Gilbreath, including a sack for a 19-yard loss and a lengthy punt return on the following play.

“We had great penetration,” Eaton said. “We were swarming to the ball as the quarterback was releasing it. When we looked at the film, there were five guys on every tackle.”

Stone and Williams led a balanced running game. Stone finished the contest with 100 yards rushing on six carries, while Williams ground out 105 yards on 11 attempts, including a 38-yarder.

Kyle Petheram was a star on defense with 11 primary or assisted tackles, and Nathan Draper with nine. Alex Frickleton recorded a sack for the Spartans.

Bainbridge hosts Seattle Prep this Friday at 7 p.m., the season’s Homecoming contest. Island native, World War II veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor winner John “Bud” Hawk will be honored during gametime ceremonies.

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