POULSBO — At 42 yards out, and with 5 seconds left in the playoff game, Kingston's Colin Stone lined up for a field goal.
The game between the Kingston Buccaneers and Washington Patriots at North Kitsap Stadium was tied, 37-37.
Stone, who's never kicked a game-winning field goal, focused on his technique.
The snap was made.The kick: Good.
The Bucs won 40-37.
For the first time in program history, the Kingston varsity football team is going to State.
The Bucs will play Sumner no later than Nov. 10.
Kingston starting quarterback Bobby Reece said the Bucs played a balanced game passing and rushing. Whenever the Patriots scored, the Bucs answered back, he said.
The Patriots, Reece said, were a strong team.
"They're up there," he said. "One of the best teams we faced … but we won."
The Bucs were behind until the third quarter, when they put up a field goal to lead 30-28.
A Kingston onside-kick recovered by Kingston's Nick Tabanera put the Bucs in position to take the game.
On the same drive, Reece competed two passes and then ran the ball in himself to put the Bucs up 37-28.
The Patriots weren't done.
In the fourth, a field goal by the Patriots put them within range of a tie game, 37-31.
After the field goal, the Bucs received the ball and were looking to extend their lead. However, the Patriots intercepted a pass from Reece intended for Nathan Carlton.
The Patriots ran the ball back and tied it up with less than 2 minutes left in the game. But a foul during the point-after attempt put the Patriots back 10 yards. What would have resulted in a Patriots lead, ended up remaining a tie-game with the point-after attempt going wide.
On the last drive of the game, the Bucs made their way down the field after recovering an onside kick.
A pass interference and a personal foul put the Bucs within field goal range.
That's when Stone stepped onto the field.
The North Kitsap Vikings lost to Steilacoom 38-15 Nov. 2. Stats will be posted when available.