KINGSTON — The Kingston Buccaneers varsity team has some momentum behind it as the team prepares for its first conference game.
The Bucs, who travel to Silverdale to face the Olympic Trojans at 7 p.m., Sept. 20, are entering the regular season 1-1. The team's record includes a 40-6 win over the 3A Bainbridge Spartans, Sept. 13.
Friday the 13th lived up to its unlucky reputation for the Bainbridge Island Spartans who, despite home field advantage and a mid-game quarterback change, could not turn the tide against the Kingston Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers jumped the Spartans very early, and the game's final score, 40-6 Kingston, was reminiscent of the Spartan score after the first game of the season against Central Kitsap High.
“I give Kingston credit,” said Spartan Head Coach Andy Grimm. “I think they came out with a great game plan. They were ready to play, they're a physical team and they got after us.”
The game began to get away from the Spartans almost immediately when, with 11:51 remaining in the first quarter, Kingston senior running back Nick Tabanera practically flew down the field for a 46-yard touchdown run.
Minutes later, with 9:27 remaining, he did it again for a 10-yard TD.
“He started last year as a junior,” said Kingston Head Coach Todd Harder of Tabanera. “This year he came back bigger, faster and stronger.”
After that things continued much in the same vein for the Spartans who, at half time, were standing on the wrong side of a 33-0 score.
Halftime also saw a change in Spartans quarterback, replacing senior quarterback Connor Teddy with junior Kyle Jackson.
“We are trying to change things up a little bit,” Grimm said. “Kyle brings a little more running to the table and Connor wasn't necessarily getting it on people, and then being behind by a lot it was worth giving somebody else a shot. It's not a demotion for Connor, it's just trying something different.”
In the third quarter, a six-yard run by senior running back Paris Amore scored the Spartans' only touchdown of the game and prevented a shutout. The kick was blocked.
“He was out week one after he got hurt at training camp,” Grimm said of Amore. “He played last year as special teams and a kind of back up wingback. He's a play-maker and it's nice to have him back on the field.”
The late game touchdown was not enough to save the day for the Spartans.
“It's frustrating,” said Spartan junior running back Casey Brink.
“We've got some things to figure out in practice this week,” he said.
Brink, who was forced to sit out the season's first two games after a minor injury, has been cleared to play and is expected to be on the field for the next game.
“He's due to come back this week,” Grimm said of Brink. “Right now we're going to play him at tight end and half back on offense and then defensively this week you'll probably see him as an outside linebacker. You might see him down the road as a safety position. It'll depend on who we're playing.”
Harder said the early game lead did not affect his team's mentality.
“I play pretty nervous,” Harder said. “We like to press the advantage. We tried to use the opportunity to put in some second string players, and they played very well. Our offensive line played very well, worked together and communicated.”
The Bucs are 1-1 overall. The team lost to Squalicum in a pre-season game.
Olympic League football teams begin conference play today. The Bucs hit the road to play the Olympic Trojans at 7:15 p.m.
The North Kitsap Vikings (0-2 overall) will try to turn a two-game losing streak around today, when they go head-to-head with the Klahowya Eagles at home. Kickoff is 7 p.m. The Eagles are 2-0.
The Vikings started their season off with two pre-season losses. The first lose was by one point against Archbishop Murphy, which won 22-21. The second came from Bishop Blanchet, which won 58-0.
— Luciano Marano, Bainbridge Island Review
League / Overall
Klahowya — 0-0 / 2-0
North Mason — 0-0 / 2-0
Bremerton — 0-0 / 1-1
Kingston — 0-0 / 1-1
Olympic — 0-0 / 1-1
North Kitsap — 0-0 / 0-2
Port Angeles — 0-0 / 0-2
Sequim — 0-0 / 0-2