Bellarmine cruises in second half for big win

// Abes, War Eagles, Crusaders solid in blowout wins

Athletic, strong and fast. Those three attributes describe coach Mark Keil’s Central Kitsap Cougars during the last decade.

And for the first half on Sept. 30 at Memorial Field they came to play on the offensive side of the ball, with tailback Jordan Batista piling up 99 yards on the ground against the stout Bellarmine defense. The Lions, however, would take a 21-10 lead into the locker room at half time.

And then came the second half. The first four times the Lions touched the ball they found the end zone, as Bellarmine would emerge with a 49-17 win over the Cougars.

“(Defensive Coordinator) Dan Shaw made real good adjustments on defense and the offense upped the tempo a little bit for the win,” said Bellarmine head coach Tom Larsen of his team that had only 23 plays on offense in the first half. “(Offensive Coordinator Brian) Jensen did a great job, he plays the chess game.”

Batista would keep Central in the game in the first half as the Cougar offensive line would own the line of scrimmage, and they held a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Enter Isaiah Flynn. The Lions’ tailback would tally 64 of his 190 yards rushing in the first half as the Lions would try to find a way to alleviate Central’s line dominance.

The second half was all Bellarmine as they would take control of the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and coast to the easy victory. The Lions would end up with 303 yards rushing on the night, with Joe Lovejoy pitching in with 89 yards on the ground.

They travel to Port Orchard to take on South Kitsap on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

“We didn’t make any adjustments in the second half, we just upped the tempo some,” Jensen said. “I don’t think we played bad in the first half, you just have to give credit to a good Central team.”

Michael Rector talked about Bellarmine’s success through the air with Sefo Liufau’s 194 yards passing.

“We have great eye contact, he’ll always notice when I have man coverage on the outside.”

By Steve Mullen

COLWASH LEADS ABES OVER FOSS

Running back Julius Colwash scored three touchdowns – two rushing and one receiving – and was a key part of 388 yards on the ground for Lincoln in a 47-14 blowout win over Foss on Sept. 30.

“It’s not (just) all of us running backs running the ball, it’s our linemen too,” said Colwash, who had 75 yards rushing. “They’re giving us the blocks, we just read them.”

Colwash put the Abes up 7-0 on a 26-yard counter run less than three minutes into the game, and followed with a 14-yard touchdown catch on Lincoln’s next drive for an early 13-0 lead. Emmanuel Thompkins, who had 134 yards rushing on 12 carries in limited action, broke away for a 64-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter for a 19-0 lead.

“He runs with such energy,” said Lincoln coach Mike Merrill of Thompkins. “He runs powerful, he runs angry. We’re happy to have him.”

Colwash followed with his third score, a nine-yard run, Julian DeLeon added an 18-yard scoring run and quarterback Richard Johnson broke loose for a 43-yard score to give Lincoln a commanding 39-0 halftime lead. Johnson would finish with 78 yards rushing on just five carries, as the trio of Colwash, Thompkins and Johnson combined for 278 yards on the ground. 

“Those three are a tough combo,” Merrill said. “I mean, who are you going to stop?”

Foss’ Darius Byrd returned the opening kickoff of the second half 71 yards and caught a 14-yard touchdown pass on the next play to give the Falcons a little life. Byrd added a 30-yard scoring catch from Nick Burton in the fourth quarter as he finished with four catches for 45 yards and Burton was 6-for-11 for 71 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Falcons.

The win puts Lincoln at 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the Narrows 3A, with a home showdown against Wilson on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

“We’ve got to flush this game away like it was nothing, come back and play like (Wilson’s) a whole lot better than us,” said Colwash.

Foss, at 1-4 overall and 0-1 in league play, faces a tough road matchup against Capital on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

By Jeremy Helling

LIFE CHRISTIAN HANDLES CHIMACUM

The Life Christian War Eagles took control of the game early and coasted to a 35-6 win over the Chimacum Cowboys on Oct. 1 at Lang Stadium in Lakewood.

“I was proud of the way our guys started and we got some playing time for our youngsters,” said War Eagle head coach Ross Hjelseth.

The defense took control early when Dylan Huber recovered a fumble in the end zone and Kingston Kuehner hit brother Karson Kuehner with a 57-yard touchdown pass to give Life a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.

The War Eagles would put the game away late in the first half when in the last two minutes Jordan King would return a fumble for a touchdown, Tony Larsen would find the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown run and Huber would close out the scoring for the War Eagles with a touchdown run.

Huber carried the ball nine times for 104 yards and a touchdown and Kingston Kuehner went 9-for-11 through the air for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Life Christian will play at Port Townsend on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

By Steve Mullen

CRUSADERS CRUISE OVER LA CONNER

Taylor Martindale fired four touchdown passes, including two to Kyle Delegard, to lead Tacoma Baptist past La Conner 34-13 on Sept. 30.

Martindale’s 71-yard scoring pass to Drew Jordan got the Crusaders on the board in the first quarter, and Zach Finley followed with a 53-yard touchdown run later to help put Tacoma Baptist up 14-6 at halftime.

Martindale’s 17-yard pass to Kody Lyons in the fourth quarter put the Crusaders up 27-6, and a 25-yard touchdown throw to Delegard closed out the scoring.

The Crusaders look for their third straight win when they travel to Darrington on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

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