Football Friday: Tailgate time!

The Bainbridge Spartans return home for a Friday Night non-conference matchup against King’s Way Christian.

Before the game, Spartan boosters will host a tailgate party in the parking lot of the Masonic Hall, across the street from Bainbridge High, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

There will be a barbecue and entertainment with the BHS band and cheer squad. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for youth (ticket price includes hot dog or hamburger, chips, drink and a cookie).

Boosters will have Spartan gear for sale, as well, and there will be a raffle to win a Seahawks gift basket or Spartan fan bag. All event proceeds benefit Spartan Football.

Kickoff against King’s Way (1-1) is at 7 p.m. and the Spartans (0-2) are hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.

It was the third game of the 2016 season, Bainbridge fans well remember, when the Spartans last squared off against the Knights.

King’s Way upended Bainbridge 52-28 in that battle, and finished the season with a 10-3 record.

One thing’s for certain, however: King’s Way will put a lot of points on the scoreboard again this time.

In two games this season, King’s Way has amassed 77 points on offense.

The 1A Knights opened the season with a lopsided 56-0 victory over Fort Vancouver. And last week, the team scored three touchdowns but fell to a potent Forks squad, 54-21.

One thing will be different this time.

The Knights have a new coach this year, following Colby Davies’ departure over the summer to take a college assistant coaching position at Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida.

During Davies’ time at the helm, the Knights averaged 39.5 points per game.

New to the Knights sideline is Tom Schroeder, who took over as head coach after 11 years as an assistant football coach at 4A Camas High. (Last year, Camas — the winningest program in Southwest Washington history — went undefeated and the Papermakers claimed their first state title.)

Bainbridge should get ready for a noisy night. A large King’s Way contingent is expected to travel north from Vancouver for the game.

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