Trojans give Parrish win No. 200

Olympic running back Jonell Hodge was stopped for the first time this season, rushing for 46 yards on nine carries. - Photo by Chris Onstott
Olympic running back Jonell Hodge was stopped for the first time this season, rushing for 46 yards on nine carries.
— image credit: Photo by Chris Onstott

North Kitsap running back Nic Stearns put up memorable numbers Friday night, but they weren’t enough to overshadow an achievement that took more than 30 years to build.

Stearns’ 298 yards and five touchdowns powered the Vikings to a 46-3 win over Olympic, but all eyes were on the sidelines as NK coach Jerry Parrish earned his 200th coaching win.

Parrish was headed to the bus after the game’s end when some of his assistants insisted he step back on to the resurfaced field at Silverdale Stadium.

The players presented Parrish with a plaque to commemorate the win.

The head coach led them in a quick cheer, then headed across the field to the bus.

Afterward, Parrish said, “Two hundred is a great thing to get, but more important is the relationships we get to develop with the kids.”

Appropriately, the longtime North Kitsap coach got his 200th win on the back of a strong running game — one of his hallmarks.

“His whole thing is, ‘Why pass the ball when you can rush the ball?’” Olympic coach Carlton Cooper said.

That philosophy proved more than sound Friday night, as Stearns chewed up almost 300 yards, most of them up the middle, on his way to five touchdowns.

Stearns had TD runs of 7, 10, 12, 22 and 31 yards.

Jeremiah Doehne added a 20-yard touchdown run and quarterback Jared Prince hit Jordan Henry for a 12-yard touchdown pass on their way to the win.

The Vikings (1-0 in league, 3-0 overall) stifled the Trojans’ potentially explosive running game.

In fact, the Trojans’ most successful play came through the air: a 72-yard pass from Jeff Shaw to Cody Gapp that set up a 17-yard field goal by Tyler Anderson in the third quarter.

Olympic’s longest rush was an 18-yard scamper from Anthony Leverett late in the game.

“Obviously, we didn’t play well defensively. Offensively, we were disjointed,” Cooper said.

He said the Vikings’ strong offensive line play and balanced attack was able to keep the defense spread out and vulnerable.

“He was able to exploit where we’re weak,” Cooper said of Parrish.

Olympic (0-1, 2-1) travels to Shelton on Friday.

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