North Kitsap parents were in attendance on Saturday afternoon to see just about everything go their team’s way.
A couple of scoring drives and defensive turnovers helped North Kitsap put up a quick 20 points in the first quarter, and then a six-touchdown explosion in the second quarter gave the Vikings one of its highest-scoring halves in school history.
NK rolled past Bainbridge 61-8 and took possession of the Agate Cup for the first time. The winners scored all their points in the first half, and the seniors were happy to do so in front of their families.
“It was really nice to have all the parents in the game,” North Kitsap senior Ryan Pugh said. “It sends a message that they really support us, so it was really nice to have them in here.”
The Vikings received the opening kickoff and marched down the field in 13 plays, taking nearly six minutes off the board and capped it with a 1-yard run from Kelly Wanzek.
NK sophomore Matt Oppliger intercepted Bainbridge’s first play from scrimmage, giving his team good field position, and they were quickly back in the end zone as quarterback Colton Bower scrambled up the middle for a 13-yard score.
A bad snap on a punt once again gave the Vikings a short field, and Zeke Harris scampered in from 6 yards out.
“Things kind of steamrolled for them today,” North Kitsap coach Jeff Weible said, as his team scored 41 second-quarter points.
Bower finished the day with five touchdowns — three passing, two rushing. The junior signal-caller completed 10-of-13 passes for 110 yards and rushed for another 89.
The lopsided score gave a few lesser-used players a chance to shine, such as senior Skylar Keilbart, who caught a 2-yard touchdown from Bower in the high-scoring second quarter. Another senior, running back Jayden Howard, got the opportunity to be the main man in the red zone and scored a 14-yard TD in the second quarter as well.
“Our kids played better than they had in the first two weeks, and we’re really proud of them for that,” Weible said.
Bainbridge’s only score came in the fourth quarter as the offense was eventually able to find some room to throw. After quarterback Gabriel Todd connected with receiver Jack Mielke for a 45-yard gain, Todd hit Mielke again in the end zone for an 11-yard score. Louis Visconti added the two-point conversion.
Currently, Bainbridge’s last scheduled game is set for March 12 at home against Central Kitsap, while North Kitsap will face South Kitsap March 13 in Port Orchard; but there is still one more open weekend for football after that. The Vikings will likely face Bremerton March 19.
North Kitsap 61, Bainbridge 8
BI 0 0 0 8 — 8
NK 20 41 0 0 — 61
North Kitsap — Kelly Wanzek 1 run (kick failed)
NK — Colton Bower 13 run (Soria pass from Bower)
NK — Zeke Harris 6 run (kick failed)
NK — Lincoln Castillo 33 pass from Bower (kick failed)
NK — Bower 38 run (Gore kick)
NK — Skylar Keilbart 2 pass from Bower (Gore kick)
NK — Wanzek 2 run (Grant kick)
NK — Jose Soria 3 pass from Bower (Grant kick)
NK — Jayden Howard 14 run (Grant kick)
Bainbridge — Jack Mielke 11 pass from Gabriel Todd (Visconti run)
Passing — North Kitsap: Bower 10-13-110, 3 TDs. Bainbridge: Todd 14-27-187, TD, 4 INT; Mielke 0-1-0.
Rushing — North Kitsap: Bower 5-89, 2 TDs; Wanzek 15-70, 2 TDs; Walsh 4-28; Howard 2-16, TD; Lu. Sloman 5-12; Castill0 1-12; Harris 2-11; Lawler 2-5; Soria 1-5; Edwards 1-4. Bainbridge: Breen 4-20; Todd 5-15; Miller 3-2.
Receiving — North Kitsap: Castillo 3-50, TD; Lo. Sloman 2-29; King 1-12; Fitsemons 1-10; Soria 1-5, TD; Keilbart 1-2, TD; Edwards 1-2. Bainbridge: Mielke 2-56, TD; Breen 3-31; Coupland 2-29; LeDorze 2-23; Ullin 2-18; Taylor 1-18; Visconti 1-7; Miller 1-5.