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Knights turn one over to CK

"BREMERTON - Both teams made their share of mistakes - OK, maybe more than their share - when Bremerton hosted Central Kitsap last Friday night for a Narrows League Bridge Division football game. The difference between the two teams was in the type of mistakes the Cougars and Knights made. We had a lot of errors, groaned CK coach Mark Keel, but at least we didn't kill ourselves. We didn't turn the ball over. That particular type of miscue was left to Bremerton, which spoiled its Homecoming effort with seven giveaways - six fumbles and an interception. We do a ton of things right, but then we have a fumble or a bad snap at just the wrong time, said Bremerton coach Shawn Perkins, whose team dropped its 23rd consecutive defeat. It's too bad, because these kids have worked so hard. They deserve to do better. Despite their giving nature, the Knights managed to turn the game into a slugging match after spotting CK 26 points. Kellen Alley, just returned from an injury, caught a trio of Joe Bollinger touchdown passes to supply Bremerton with a roundhouse right. The trouble was, the Knights missed way too many punches to be a contender. Meanwhile, the visiting Cougars - still a longshot for a Bridge Division playoff spot with two rounds of games remaining - played turnover-free football, an accomplishment that was not lost on their first-year coach. We've had our troubles with turnovers, said Keel of the Cougs (3-3 division, 3-4 overall), who had a seven-turnover game of their own earlier this season against Gig Harbor. So it was nice to eliminate that, and not shoot ourselves in the foot. Central Kitsap made ball control Job One from the opening kickoff. The Cougs took the opening kickoff and drove 73 yards in 14 plays, keyed by Eric Roy's 31-yard gallop, for the game's opening score. Bremerton's penchant for coughing the ball up also was established early -Justin Robinett fumbled on the Knights' first play from scrimmage. CK didn't capitalize on that freebie, but turned Ray Cotinola's interception of Aubrey Neal's tipped pass into its second touchdown, capping a four-play, 40-yard drive with the first of Dylan Robbins' three TD passes, a 20-yard rollout to Garrett Jackson. Neal fumbled the exchange on Bremerton's next play and the Cougs needed four plays to score again, Mike Kluge spinning in from 12 yards out. B-Town's offense didn't even get back on the field as the kickoff was fumbled back to the Cougs. Robbins and Roy connected for a 28-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion. The Knights put some wind back into their sails - and gave their Homecoming crowd something to cheer about at halftime besides the fireworks - with the first of the 6-foot-3 Alley's touchdown catches. He's a great athlete, and we have a lot of shorter guys (in the defensive backfield), Keel said of Alley. If I had a guy like him, I'd use him just like that. It's good to have Kellen back on the field, Perkins said. He gives us a deep threat. He's fast, he's tall and he's a great jumper. He can give people problems. The conundrum presented the Cougars by Alley and Bollinger was too little, too late, however. Roy's 273 combined rushing and receiving yards, combined with an air attack that saw Robbins complete nine of 13 passes for 137 yards, would've been hard for the Knights to trump even without the seven giveaways. It was, Keel agreed, Robbins' best game this season. Dylan's best when he's nice and relaxed, Keel said of the 6-2 senior, who threw to five different receivers before giving way to backup Jake Higgs late in the game. He's a good athlete, and he's worked hard to get comfortable with this offense. He moved really well tonight and did a good job getting the ball to the right people. Roy finished with 192 yards on 25 carries and added five catches for 81 more yards, including touchdown strikes of 28 and 10 yards from Robbins. Kluge had 48 yards on 12 tries and scored two TDs for the Cougs. "

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