POULSBO — The North Mason Bulldogs' bite just wasn't enough to pierce the North Kitsap Vikings line Friday, Oct. 5.
The Bulldogs, now 2-2 in league play, were looking for their second win against a football team from the North Kitsap School District. The Vikings (3-2) had other plans during their homecoming game held at the North Kitsap Stadium.
The Vikings kenneled the Bulldogs with a 48-18 win.
It was a slow start for the Vikings.
In the first quarter, the Bulldogs offense brushed past the Vikings defense to score two consecutive touchdowns. The team was up 12 points, after two failed two-point conversions.
Vikings coach Jeff Weible credited the team with not slowing after being down two touchdowns in the first quarter.
"Our kids never give up," Weible said. "Our kids fought hard tonight."
The Vikings answered back in the second quarter.
A pass from Vikings quarterback AJ Milyard to Cody Blackmore put the Vikings on the board. It was just the beginning.
After stopping the Bulldog offense, the Vikings returned to Bulldog territory. Milyard once again threw for a touchdown pass to Grant Loveless.
With momentum on their side the Vikings attempted an onside kick, which was recovered by North Kitsap's Khody Golden with just over eight minutes left in the first half.
The onside kick put the Vikings in position for another touchdown (21-12).
With the Vikings up, the Bulldogs responded after a quick drive down the field. A third, failed two-point conversion left the team down 21-18.
And Khody Golden wasn't finished.
After the Bulldogs forced the turnover — now on offense — Golden made an interception that led to another Viking touchdown.
The Vikings ended the first half up 28-18.
The second half of North Kitsap's homecoming game was all Vikings.
A fumble recovery by the Vikings resulted in the only seven points of the third quarter.
Up 35-18, the fourth quarter was back-and-forth interceptions, which began by when North Kitsap's Andrew Hecker intercepted a Bulldog pass.
The game wound-down when the Vikings scored two more touchdowns in the fourth. A single, flawed point-after attempt saw the Vikings finish 48-18.
The Vikings defense still needs to work on their rushing block, as there were too many successful third-and-long attempts by the Bulldogs, Weible said.
But it was a successful homecoming game.
"We just asked our team to compete like crazy and trust your teammates," Weible said.
The Vikings next travel to Port Angeles Oct. 12 to play against the Roughriders (0-4). The Roughriders lost 63-7 to the Bremerton Knights Oct. 5. Kickoff for the game is 7 p.m.
NK 0 28 7 13 — 48
NM 12 6 0 0 — 18