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Central Kitsap makes it loook easy

Central Kitsap made sure the outcome of this one wasn’t going to come down to the final seconds.

The Cougars, coming off of two straight defeats in which opponents recovered an onside kick enroute to scoring winning touchdowns, took out their frustrations on district rival Olympic High during Thursday night’s Narrows League Bridge Division game at Silverdale Stadium.

Oh, how they took out their frustrations.

Final score: Central Kitsap 69, Olympic 15.

It’s believed to be the most lopsided game in “Battle of Bucklin Hill” history, which dates back to 1979.

“There’s a reason for what happened,” Central linebacker Desmond Malietufa said. “We know we had the skills. Tonight, things just worked the whole game. This is the kind of attitude we should have had all year. You’ve got to come out and finish strong.”

Central started strong, scoring on four straight first-half possessions.

Helped by three Olympic encroachment penalties, the Cougars needed just five plays to cover 46 yards on its first drive, which was capped by Blake Berryman’s 6-yard touchdown run.

Strong-legged kicker Eric Forbes, CK’s coverage team and defense then combined to keep Olympic pinned down deep in its own territory. And CK’s offensive unit took advantage of the field position.

Quarterback Jake Higgs capped a four-play, 38-yard drive with a 1-yard dive, then hooked up with Tyler Moyer for a 58-yard touchdown. Moyer made a nice spin move after making the catch, and outran the Trojans’ defenders to the end zone.

Forbes added his third of nine extra-point kicks (one was blocked) and the Cougs led 21-0 after one quarter.

Just 31 seconds into the second quarter, it was 28-0 after T.J. Driver scored from four yards out to cap a quick four-play, 69-yard drive that included a 35-yard run by Driver and a 31-yard burst by Berryman.

Berryman finished with 137 yards on 16 carries. Driver added 69 on seven carries. Little-used junior Nick Bial showed off his speed in the final quarter, running three times for 103 yards, including an 83-yard TD dash.

You thought the first half was ugly for Olympic? The Trojans fumbled the ball away on the first play of the second half, which led to a 14-yard TD run by Berryman, and later had two fumbles returned for touchdowns within a 17-second span near the end of the third quarter.

It was 48-7 after three quarters and Central’s starters took the rest of the night off.

“Our kids know that we’re just two onside kicks out of second place,” Central Kitsap coach Mark Keel said. “They understand that. They know we’re better than our record (2-4 league, 3-4 overall).”

Still, Keel never imagined his team, despite being penalized 11 times for 89 yards, would make it look this easy against the rival Trojans (1-5, 2-5).

“I never thought it would turn out like this,” he said. “I thought it would be real interesting, real competitive.”

So did his counterpart, Olympic coach Pete Weymiller.

“We imploded,” Weymiller said. “We self-destructed. We’re still working on emotional stability, resilience and that type of stuff.

“We’ve been kind of like the NASDAQ. When we get down, we sometimes have difficulty coming back up again.”

It doesn’t get any easier as Olympic hosts tough Gig Harbor next Thursday, while Central Kitsap closes out league play at North Kitsap.

They’ll finish the season on the road, with a crossover game against a Narrows League Bay Division opponent on Nov. 1 or 2.

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