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West Sound whitewash

Coaches and ownership talked about fielding a stronger product for the West Sound Saints this year.

The early verdict was positive as the Saints routed the Renton Ravens, 42-0, in Saturday’s season-opener at Silverdale Stadium.

Even when the Saints new offensive personnel struggled — running back Sidney Orange lost a fumble on the opening possession at the Ravens’ 1-yard line — the defense stepped up.

Ravens’ running back Ron Cabiles was tackled for a safety on Renton’s first offensive play.

“The only thing they could get on us was that outside pitch,” said West Sound coach Steve McDaniel, whose team was renamed in the offseason after being called the Orcas for their first four years.

West Sound needed just three plays to score again on its next possession when quarterback Caleb Eastman found Rich Naccarato for a 27-yard touchdown with 10:43 remaining in the first quarter.

Eastman, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder out of Idaho State University, wasn’t even listed on the Saints’ roster because the team wanted to keep his signing quiet.

“I’ve practiced with the team three times and this is the first time I’ve been with some of the receivers,” said Eastman, adding that he never considered playing in the Northwest Football League until meeting Saints’ director of football operations Ken Austin.

Despite throwing a pair of interceptions, Eastman completed 9 of 21 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters.

“It was pretty good,” Eastman said. “I’ve had big games like that before.”

The quarterback expects to improve as he learns the Saints’ system.

“It was a learning process at first,” he said. “It took we the first quarter to figure out what we do in certain situations.”

Eastman benefitted from a running arsenal that the Ravens struggled to contain. West Sound running back Sidney Orange rushed for 108 yards on 15 carries, while former University of Washington fullback Mike Reed — another recent signee — had a 24-yard run and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“We have quite a few young guys starting and it was our first game together,” West Sound center Rod Willson said. “I’m proud of our effort.”

Willson anchors a veteran offensive line that often gave Willson plenty of time to pass and opened holes for the running game.

“We’ve got a great group of running backs,” he said. “They all run hard. Orange is a great back.”

The defense was at least as strong as the offense, sacking Ravens’ quarterback Casey Hughes five times. Hughes completed 4 of 10 passes for 10 yards.

That won’t keep the Saints from adjusting the roster further, though.

“Expect more surprises next week,” McDaniel said.

West Sound faces the King County Jaguars at 4 p.m. Saturday at French Field in Kent.

WEST SOUND 42, RENTON 0

Renton 0 0 0 0 — 0

West Sound 8 13 14 7 — 42

WS — Eddie Llamas safety

WS — Rich Naccarato 27 pass from Caleb Eastmond (run fail)

WS — Jakoba Square 36 pass from Eastman (kick fail)

WS — Naccarato 6 pass from Eastman (Larry Moody kick)

WS — Eastman 5 run (Moody kick)

WS — Square 65 pass from Eastman (Moody kick)

WS — Mike Reed 6 run (Moody kick)

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