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UPDATE | Buccaneers shiver the Spartan’s timbers with an unrelenting offense
Friday the 13th lived up to it’s unlucky reputation for the Bainbridge Island Spartans who, despite home field advantage and a mid-game quarterback change, could not turn the tide against the Kingston Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers jumped the Spartans very early, and the game’s final score, 40-6 Kingston, was sadly reminiscent of the Spartan score after the first game of the season against Central Kitsap High.
“I give Kingston credit,” said Spartan Head Coach Andy Grimm. “I think they came out with a great game plan. They were ready to play, they’re a physical team and they got after us.”
The game began to get away from the Spartans almost immediately when, with 11:51 remaining in the first quarter, Kingston senior running back Nick Tabanera practically flew down the field for a 46-yard touchdown run.
Only minutes later, with 9:27 remaining, he did it again for a 10-yard TD.
“He started last year as a junior,” said Kingston Head Coach Todd Harder of Tabanera. “This year he came back bigger, faster and stronger.”
After that, things continued much in the same vein for the Spartans who, at half time, were standing on the wrong side of a 33-0 score.
Halftime also saw a change in Spartans quarterback, replacing senior quarterback Connor Teddy with junior Kyle Jackson.
“We are trying to change things up a little bit,” Grimm said. “Kyle brings a little more running to the table and Connor wasn’t necessarily getting it on people, and then, being behind by a lot, it was worth giving somebody else a shot. It’s not a demotion for Connor, it’s just trying something different.”
In the third quarter, a six-yard run by senior running back Paris Amore scored the Spartans’ only touchdown of the game and prevented a shutout. The kick was blocked.
“He was out week one after he got hurt at training camp,” Grimm said of Amore. “He played last year as special teams and a kind of back up wingback. He’s a play-maker and it’s nice to have him back on the field.”
The late game touchdown was not enough to save the day for the Spartans.
“It’s frustrating,” said Spartan junior running back Casey Brink.
“We’ve got some things to figure out in practice this week,” he said.
Brink, who was forced to sit out the season’s first two games after a minor injury, has been cleared to play and is expected to be on the field for the next game.
“He’s due to come back this week,” Grimm said of Brink. “Right now we’re going to play him at tight end and half back on offense and then defensively this week you’ll probably see him as an outside linebacker. You might see him down the road as a safety position. It’ll depend on who we’re playing.”
Buccaneers Coach Harder said that the early game lead did not affect his team’s mentality.
“I play pretty nervous,” Harder said. “We like to press the advantage. We tried to use the opportunity to put in some second string players, and they played very well. Our offensive line played very well, worked together and communicated.”
Taylor Wilson led the Spartans in rushing with 14 carries for 70 yards. Connor Teddy played well with four carries for 18 yards; Paris Amore managed three carries and eight yards.
Jackson, the Spartans’ second half choice at QB, racked up four carries and 20 yards while teammate Sam Wysong finished with three carries and 17 yards.
Teddy passed a total of 21 yards during his half of the game as quarterback; Jackson finished with 44 yards in the air total.
Defensively, Wysong dominated the game for the Spartans with 11 unassisted tackles and two assisted. Jarrett Grimm played a close second with eight unassisted and two assisted tackles.
Max Thomas and Ryan Eaton also played well, each racking up eight unassisted tackles and one assisted. Sacks were made by Jarett Grimm, Taylor Wilson, Ryan Eaton, Ben Fisher, Mitchell Stahl and Mike Hepworth.