Knights bounce back against North

One week after struggling on offense during a 14-0 loss at Port Angeles, the Bremerton High School football team had the best of all possible opponents:

Lining up against them were the North Kitsap Vikings, who had struggled on offense all year — and had a 0-4 record to prove it.

And while the Vikings had their best offensive output this fall (30 points) against the Knights, the Knights’ offense found its groove once again, racking up nine touchdowns and burying the Vikings 63-30.

“It was nice to see the kids bounce back from Port Angeles, and play like we’re capable of,” said Knights head coach Sean Perkins.

Perkins said the team had concentrated on getting its offense on track last week in practice. Of special concern was quarterback Joe Bollinger, who had been held without a touchdown against Port Angeles.

Against North Kitsap, Bollinger had no such problems, accounting for six of the nine Knight TDs — four through the air and two on the ground.

The Knights offense got geared up early, as Adam Gent got the ball on the second play of the game. Gent burst up the middle and didn’t stop until he had run 56 yards for a Bremerton score just fifty-two seconds into the game.

The Knights added a second touchdown when Bollinger, after driving the Knights to the Vikings 8 yard line, threw a touchdown pass to D.J. Ray.

The Vikings got on the scoreboard when running back Clark Hutchman, moments after he had broken free for a 28-yard gain, got the ball again and punched it in for a 6-yard score. But North only kept the momentum for a few seconds, as their point-after try was blocked and Reggie Williams broke free for a 55-yard TD run on Bremerton’s next possession.

Willie Bussey added another score on a 1-yard plunge before halftime for a 28-6 lead.

The story didn’t change in the second half. Bollinger hit Ray with a 43-yard scoring pass, then ran it in himself from 3 yards out.

The Vikings inched closer when running back James Smith registered twin 2-yard TD runs, pulling the Vikings within 42-22. North recovered a Bremerton fumble, but any comeback hopes were dashed when they coughed it right back up and Aubrey Neal was able to scoop it up and return it 75 yards for a Bremerton touchdown.

There were more scores in the fourth quarter: Bollinger hit Kellen Alley, streaking down the sideline, for a 91-yard touchdown pass; Bollinger passed to running back Williams; and Foster found receiver Jerrod Gonzales for a 9-yard touchdown pass.

After the game, Perkins was convinced his offense was back on track.

“We finally executed and did what we’re supposed to do,” he said; his team’s record went to 3-2 with the win.

His counterpart, NK coach Jerry Parrish, was not as optimistic about his team, which fell to 0-5.

While the Vikings scored more points than they had in any previous game, Parrish was unhappy with their four turnovers, including three Foster interceptions.

“Our defense smelled,” he said. “Our offense smelled worse.”

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