POULSBO — What began as a shaky start for the NK Warriors A-String football team turned into an all-out domination of their Pee-Wee league.
The Warriors defeated Chico 22-0 on Nov. 10 at Bremerton High School for the championship.
“We had a very nice season,” head coach Rob Johnson said. “All these boys really did an outstanding job.”
Some of the team, comprised of 12- and 13-year-old players, have been coached by Johnson for the past six years. The win was a nice finish to the season.
“It was a very sweet victory…” he said.
The shutout victory over Chico wasn’t the team’s first. The team lost its first non-conference game of the season against Tacoma. Johnson said the Warriors were “absolutely demolished.”
The team then won against South Kitsap, lost to Chico (16-6), defeated North Perry, defeated Chico (8-0), and defeated Warren Ave (36-13). The Warriors’ first rushing touchdown of the season came during the game against Warren Ave.
The team shutout everyone but Warren Ave, and in the first game against Chico.
In the playoffs, the Warriors defeated North Perry in a shutout and Chico in the finals with a shutout.
“Our defense was stellar all season long,” Johnson said. “Our offense really came into its own.”
Part of Johnson’s goal as a Pee-Wee football coach is to teach the fundamentals and prepare the players for higher levels of play. Johnson expects many of his players to succeed as they get older, as they retained much of what they learned.
“A lot of those names … will have great high school careers,” he said. “Whether they are at North or Kingston [high schools].”