"Oly starts fast, then stalls versus Vikings"
June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:32 PM
"The highlight of Olympic High School's football game last Friday at North Kitsap came early. On their first drive of the game, sophomore running back Jarrel Nelson broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run.That was all the scoring the Trojans managed, however, as North - a Narrows League Bridge Division playoff team last year - scored 48 unanswered points for a 48-7 decision on their home field.Neil Krech's 71-yard run gave North Kitsap the lead for good in the second quarter.The defense was really a big step for us from where we were, Viking coach Jerry Parrish said after the game. I think we got better and better as the game progressed.Olympic first-year coach Pete Weymiller saw some encouraging signs from his team (1-2 division, 1-3 overall).We saw our scheme was OK from that first drive, he said. But they just overpowered us after that.Weymiller said that this team's progress won't be measured by its record.With all the kids we lost last year, nobody expected us to be a powerhouse in this league. The rewards may be more in improvement in the little things, he said.Some of the improvements he saw Friday were the play of Nelson, who was rushed into duty on a young team.Nelson's really coming on for us as a back, he said.Some of the seniors, Weymiller said, are adding leadership, especially linebacker Scott Keyser. And he saw some signs from his younger players that they are part of an improving young team.They showed at times that individually, they could do it. They could play at this level.But the young Trojans, Weymiller said, will need patience from everyone - fans, players, coaches, and parents.Rome wasn't built overnight, he said.The Trojans return home for their second appearance this season at Silverdale Stadium this Friday night, but they get the dubious honor of hosting a veteran Peninsula team that has yet to lose in four starts in 2000. "