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Klahowya plunders Pirates 70-21
It was a special night for the Eagles Friday at Silverdale Stadium. After all, how often do Senior Night, Homecoming and an outside shot at the playoffs happen to culminate at the same time?
That was bad news for a bruised and battered Vashon Pirates team with only 21 players on the sidelines because it meant the Eagles were out to put on a show neither they or their fans will forget for a long time.
The pressure to perform was placed right on the Eagles running game and it came through brighter than the halftime fireworks extravaganza as the home team set a new high-scoring mark with a 70-21 Nisqually League win.
What a great Homecoming victory, KSS coach Brad Hamblet said. We did exactly what we set out to do today.
Senior running back Rory Lee set the pace for the night, carrying the ball four times on the Eagles opening drive for 36 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown run where he evaded four would-be tacklers.
He finished his last home game with three rushing touchdowns on 15 carries for 206 yards to become Klahowyas all-time leading rusher and the first Eagle to break the 1,000-yard mark in a season. He also ran back a kick off 65 yards for his fourth TD on the night.
It was a fun game all around, Lee said. I did great, the team did good all around.
We were pumped up and we wanted to put on a good show for the fans.
Junior fullback Shawn Squires showed that the Eagles are more than a one-trick pony. He had 13 carries for 228 yards and four touchdowns, including one on a 65-yard run and another on a 49-yarder down the sideline.
Quarterback Jared Ottmar was suprised when he got the call for a keeper into the endzone.
That was my first running touchdown, said Ottmar, who passed three times for 52 yards. Coach (Hamblet) just sent the call in for me to run it.
Not to be left out, senior back Corey Scott ran for 61 yards on four reverses. In total, the Eagles had 606 total yards of offense and broke the school scoring record set Sept. 20 in a 55-30 win against Chimacum.
Thats probably our best output ever, Hamblet said. Weve got two running backs and its hard to hold one of them down.
Since it was Senior Night, Hamblet said he got all his upperclassmen into the game and even the sophomores got their chance as they played most of the fourth quarter.
Our young kids happened to score one which is nice for our guys, Hamblet said.
That TD came on a 70-yard pass from quarterback Nick Bayard to sophomore fullback Jerid Sturmin who ran right down the sidelines untouched for the score. It was the first varsity points by either sophomore.
The only bad news for the Eagles (6-2) is that they wont be in the district playoffs. Orting (7-1) locked away the final Nisqually League berth with an 18-13 win over Eatonville (5-3).
That leaves one game left for the Eagles. Theyre at Sequim (3-5) at 7 p.m. Friday night.