Island football squad fumbles against Rough Riders

The seesaw that is the Spartan football season continued its manic pattern Friday, Sept. 27, as the Bainbridge High School varsity squad was bested 17-0 by Roosevelt.

It was the island team’s fourth game this year, and the loss in Seattle dropped their overall season record to 2-all. They claimed a historic 14-3 win in their debut outing, against North Kitsap, then were bested Olympic the following week before breezing to a big win against Interlake on Sept. 20.

They next return home to host Lakeside (1-3 overall) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, where perhaps the pattern will hold for another uptick.

Ballard remains in the top spot in the Metro Sound Division standings (4-0 overall, 1-0 in conference).

Against Roosevelt, the Spartan defense played better than the score says, team officials reported.

“A few mistakes at the wrong times killed multiple drives for Bainbridge Island and gave the ball to Roosevelt with very good field position,” added John Devlin, BHS stats keeper.

The team managed to compile 230 total rushing yards.

Senior Alex Ledbetter led the effort with 49, junior Jack Mielke managed 31, and senior Franco Abuallarde chipped in 12.

Passing-wise, the Spartans combined for 103 yards, with Ledbetter going 7-for-10 for 96 yards.

Abuallarde was the squad’s receiving leader (three catches for 52 yards).

Junior Cal Breen managed three catches as well, for 29 yards, and senior Charlie Hughes had one catch for 15 yards.

Defensively, senior John Devlin led the day with six tackles, two QB hurries, one pass defense, and multiple assists.

Abuallarde had one interception, three tackles, and multiple assists.

Senior Sio Peato had three tackles for loss, one blocked extra point, and multiple assists as well.

Freshman Sasha Herrmann again earned his right to run with the big boys and was a standout player with four tackles, plus one for loss, and multiple assists.

Senior P.J. Miller notched four tackles, one tackle for loss and multiple assists; junior Brian Taylor had six tackles (one tackle for loss), and multiple assists; Mielke earned five tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception.

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