Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 Football Game 5 - North Kitsap 42, Sequim 0

(Poulsbo) - Senior running back Dax Solis accounted for 278 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns Friday night as the North Kitsap Vikings shutout the Sequim Wolves 42-0 on Homecoming night.

Solis rushed 24 times for 204 hashes with two scores and caught a pass for a 74-yard touchdown.

The Vikings improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Olympic League 2A Division play, awaiting next week's showdown in Bremerton with the unbeaten Knights.

Sequim fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in league play after facing the top two contenders for the league crown in consecutive weeks.

The Wolves kept things close in the first half and opened the contest with a time consuming, 14-play drive to the North Kitsap 2.

On 4th-and-goal, quarterback Riley Cowan's pass to Gavin Velarde in the right corner of the end zone was batted down by Blake Wetzsteon, giving the hosts the ball at their own 2 with 8:02 left in the opening quarter.

The teams exchanged 3-and-out possessions before North's offensive machine started to warm up on a 9-play march that culminated with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Blackmore to Tyler Sloman with less than a second remaining in the first quarter.

Tainui Elkington made the first of his six successful PATs to give North Kitsap a 7-0 lead.

Sequim was 10 plays into another drive before being forced to punt and the Vikings took over on their own 7 with 8:01 left before the Homecoming halftime.

Penalties backed North Kitsap into a 2nd-and-21 at its own 8 before an old Sequim nemesis - the Vikings' waggle pass - clicked for 19 yards from Blackmore to Aidan Allsop to get the hosts out of trouble.

Five plays later, the 6-1, 220 pound Solis took a short pass and broke a tackle into the Sequim secondary, galloping like a Clydesdale up the left sideline through defenders for 74 yards and a 14-0 North Kitsap lead with 2:59 to go in the half. 

Blackmore completed 7 of his 12 passes for 174 yards and 3 scores.

The Wolves had another promising drive going in the final minute of the half, reaching the North 34, before a Cowan pass to Velarde was tipped and intercepted by Josh Stackhouse.

Cowan completed 16 of his 38 passes for 160 yards with one interception.

Velarde caught 5 passes for 53 yards and had one rush for 30.

North churns for 4 second half touchdowns

In the second half, North focused on the ground game, attempting just 4 passes and racking up 360 rushing yards for the game.

In their opening 11-play drive, Solis ran for 42 yards on six consecutive plays.

North broke the game open on a 4th-and-2 from the Wolves 22, when Blackmore found Allsop alone on the right side for the touchdown that made it 21-0 with 8:04 left in the third.

Allsop had 3 catches for 49 hashes.

Sequim drove into Vikings territory and attempted a 30-yard Byron Rice field goal that was blocked.

Speedy Clayton Williams traversed right end for 54 yards to the Sequim 2 on the fifth play of the next series and Solis scored on the next snap for a 28-0 North lead with 3:27 to go in the third.

Sequim had another field goal blocked on its next drive, this time from 24 yards.

Solis toured right end for 65 yards with 10:41 left in the game to make it 35-0.

North Kitsap reserves scored when Taylor Jackson dove in from the 8 on a fourth-and-goal to boost the advantage to 42-0, triggering the mercy rule with 4:52 remaining.

Other Olympic League Scores:

Bremerton 37, Cedar Park Christian 0
Port Angeles 35, Kingston 14
Olympic 35, North Mason 21

Next Week: Sequim at North Mason 

(Sequim leads series 27-9-1)

(Wolves are 12-5 all-time in Belfair)

The night the losing string ended - 1963

Longtime Sequim fans will remember the Homecoming football game of October 18, 1963 as the night the Wolves broke a 23-game losing streak in their first-ever contest against the North Mason Bulldogs.

Coach Bill Harriman's eleven scored on the first play from scrimmage as the Wolves ripped the Boys from Belfair 33-7, Sequim's first victory since a huge 12-6 upset against fifth-ranked Lakeside in the 1960 season, that broke the Seattle club's 32 game winning streak.

Ron Herman took a Steve Callis pass and went 48 yards for the opening touchdown.  Herman, who was named homecoming king at halftime, went on to score two more touchdowns as the Wolves picked up 411 yards rushing and 155 yards passing against the Bulldogs.

Sequim's defense, led by Robin Lynch, Al Grall, Larry Livingston, Mike Millet, Gary Gizinski, Charlie Robinson and Dave Blake held North Mason to a total of 40 yards rushing.

In the second quarter, a mixup in the backfield produced a score.  Sequim drove 60 yards in eight plays, with Callis going the final 20 yards following a missed handoff.

An interception set up the third Sequim tally in the second quarter with 18 seconds left when Herman crossed the goal line from three yards out.

In the third period, Sequim took to the air and North Mason picked up its only score when Gary Miller passed to Larry Foster on a play that covered 56 yards.

Sequim put together a sustained drive and Herman scored for the third time, this one on a 25-yard pitchout play.

Cliff Echternkamp picked off a North Mason pass to set up the final score in the fourth quarter.

Mike Schade, the big fullback, went off tackle for 80 yards and the touchdown.

Sequim has 27-9-1 record against North Mason

The Wolves played North Mason in 10 consecutive seasons beginning in 1963, winning the first 9 contests before the squads deadlocked in a scoreless tie on the Sequim gridiron in 1972.

The Sequim - North Mason rivalry took a break in the mid-1970s before two more wins by the Wolves in 1977 (6-0) and 1978 (33-0). 

The rivalry resumed after a 15-year hiatus in 1993 and North Mason won 7 of the first 8 games, including 4 straight from 1997 through 2000.

A 19-6 home win by Coach Kevin McNulty's 1996 squad was the lone Sequim victory against the Bulldogs in the 1990s.

Wolves have dominated Bulldogs with 15-2 record since 2001

Sequim won 12 straight contests against North Mason between 2001 and 2011 (the teams met twice in 2006).

The Bulldogs bounced back to take a pair of victories in 2012 and 2013, the latter a 69-46 pounding of the Wolves in Sequim.

Current Sequim Coach Erik Wiker has a 12-2 record against North Mason, winning the last 3 meetings, including a 26-20 overtime decision in 2014.

The Wolves enjoy a 12-5 all-time record against North Mason in Belfair, outscoring the Bulldogs 377-217.

2017 Sequim - North Kitsap Game Statistics

Scoring by Quarters

Seq - 00 00 00 00 - 00
NK -- 07 07 14 14 - 42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

NK - Tyler Sloman 11 pass from Andrew Blackmore (Tainui Elkington kick) 0.1 

2nd Quarter

NK - Dax Solis 74 pass from Andrew Blackmore (Elkington kick) 2:59

3rd Quarter

NK - Aiden Allsop 22 pass from Andrew Blackmore (Elkington kick) 8:04

NK - Dax Solis 2 run (Elkington kick) 3:27

4th Quarter

NK - Dax Solis 65 run (Elkington kick) 10:41

NK - Taylor Jackson 8 run (Elkington kick) 4:52 

Individual Statistics


Seq - Riley Cowan 4-(-12), Gavin Velarde 1-30, Hayden Gresli 10-26, Chris Puksta 1-5.

NK -- Dax Solis 24-204-2TD, Joel Ingram 1-0, Clayton Williams 7-106, Tyler Sloman 2-10, Keenan Kakuda 1-3, Noah North 6-29, Taylor Jackson 2-8-1TD.


Seq - Riley Cowan 16-38-160-0TD-1INT.

NK -- Andrew Blackmore 7-12-174-3TD-0INT, Dax Solis 0-1-0.


Seq - Gavin Velarde 5-53, Nathan Despain 3-17, Kyler Rollness 3-43, Michael Young 2-30, Hayden Gresli 1-2, Chris Puksta 1-7, Ben Cowan 1-8.

NK -- Dax Solis 1-74-1TD, Tyler Sloman 1-11-1, Hunter Wells 2-40, Aiden Allsop 3-49-1TD.

Team Statistics


Seq - 16-49

NK -- 43-360-3TD


Seq - 16-38-160-0TD-1INT

NK -- 7-13-174-3TD-0INT

Total Yards

Seq - 54 plays, 209 yards (3.9 ypp)

NK -- 56 plays, 534 yards (9.5 ypp)


Seq - 3-25

NK -- 8-65

Had Intercepted

Seq - 1

NK -- 0


Seq - 0

NK -- 0


Seq - 1

NK -- 0

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