Spartans run over Kingston, 33-0
By BRIAN KELLY
Bainbridge Island Review Editor
September 18, 2009 · 10:52 PM
Thanks to improved line play and Alex Johnson's running, Bainbridge High returned to its bruising ways tonight with a 33-0 win over Kingston.
The Spartans, now 2-1, rebounded at BHS Stadium after losing 28-7 last week to Vashon Island by dominating the Buccaneers at the line of scrimmage, especially when running the ball.
"We preached all week that Vashon had controlled us on both sides of the ball, and the kids responded," coach Andy Grimm said. "The game plan was to get back to what we made our money – establishing our running attack. They ran on us some, but the defense played well when it had to."
Johnson ran for an unofficial 167 yards on 17 carries, including gains of 29 yards (for BHS' second touchdown), 34 and 24.
Josh Peters had only six carries, but scored touchdowns on runs of 11 and 17 yards.
Quarterback Jordan Wagner, who completed the two passes he threw for 23 yards, also scored on a 29-yard run to put the Spartans ahead 27-0 with 8:24 left in the third quarter.
Junior running back Jack Bonnington ended the scoring early in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard run into the end zone.
Kingston, winless after three games, moved the ball inside Bainbridge's 20-yard line three times, primarily behind the running of Travis Schriner. But the Buccaneers came up empty each time. In the second quarter, a fumbled snap by the holder stymied a field goal and a few minutes later a 36-yard field goal attempt fell short.
The Buccaneers' last chance to score came late in the third quarter when tight end George Marinan caught a pass from quarterback Tucker Bowman at the Bainbridge's 4, but then fumbled and the Spartans recovered.
"We didn't play very hard or very smart," Kingston coach Dan Novick said. "After playing well last week (in a 28-20 lost to North Kitsap), we reverted back to the way we played last year. We made some terrible mistakes. Generally, we just lacked effort tonight, especially on defense."
Schriner was the one consistent part of Kinston's attack, running for an unofficial total of 125 yards on 17 carries – including a 40-yard romp in the third quarter.
"I wish we could have done a better job around him," Novick said.
While the game gave the Spartans a positive attitude going into next Friday's Metro League opener at home against Seattle Prep, the evening ended with the team enduring what Grimm called a "teaching moment" for an event that happened earlier in the day.
Grimm said seven members of the team rode some shopping carts and littered trash at Safeway after school, causing the school's athletic director to be called to the store.
"There wasn't anything criminal, just some boys acting out," Grimm said. "And they were wearing their game jerseys."
The entire team paid the price following the game, running eight "gassers," which amounts to running the width of the football field 32 times.
"We preach the team concept here and the actions of a few means the team takes the consequences," he said. The players will miss some parts of the next game, the coach said.
Bainbridge 33, Kingston 0
Score by Quarters
Kingston 0 0 0 0 – 0
Bainbridge 13 8 6 6 – 33
Josh Peters 11 run (Will Devereaux kick)
Alex Johnson 29 run (kick failed)
Peters 17 run (Jordan Wagner run)
Wagner 29 run (run failed)
Jack Bonnington 10 run (kick failed)Contact Bainbridge Island Review Editor Brian Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-206-842-6613.