June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:31 PM
"When the Central Kitsap High School football team hosts Gig Harbor Friday at Silverdale Stadium, the Cougars will be playing for a perfect 3-0 Narrows League Bridge Division record.But going 2-0 wasn't easy.After opening with a 40-28 victory over North Kitsap two weeks ago, the Cougs went to Port Angeles last Friday to meet a Roughriders team that's starving for a victory.They managed to escape with a 31-24 victory, getting 114 rushing yards and two touchdowns from backup halfback Blake Berryman.Berryman's second score, a 4-yard TD reception from senior quarterback Dylan Robbins, finally iced the game for CK in the fourth quarter after the dogged Roughriders scored 18 unanswered points in the middle two quarters to turn a 21-0 rout into a 21-18 nail-biter.Gig Harbor (1-1 division, 1-2 overall) is coming off a 27-7 loss to Bridge favorite South Kitsap last week. The Tides beat CK 35-14 a year ago at Purdy, in an emotion-packed game played just days after they lost head coach Mike McKinney in an automobile accident. The Cougars turned the ball over seven times in that game.Against Port Angeles, two touchdown runs by senior Mike Kluge and a 52-yard scamper by Berryman opened up a 21-0 lead for the Cougs midway through the second quarter. During that stretch, Robbins was a perfect 10 for 10 passing for 112 yards.But Port Angeles, which finished at the bottom of the Bridge Division last year after several similarly frustrating seasons in the Olympic League, tore its way back into the game, setting up one of its three touchdowns with a blocked punt and keeping another drive alive when the Cougs were called for a 15-yard penalty.CK played without starting halfback Eric Roy, out with a shoulder injury, but were solid with the backfield of Robbins, Kluge and Berryman. "