PORT TOWNSEND — There was no stopping Port Townsend quarterback Berkley Hill, as he scored four touchdowns, passed for another and had two interceptions as the Redhawks steamrolled rival Chimacum 55-6 at Memorial Field.
Detrius Kelsall added three touchdowns of his own for the bigger and faster Redhawks, who scored two touchdowns in the first 2 minutes and 43 seconds of the game Friday and never looked back.
It was the fifth-consecutive rivalry win for Port Townsend, all of them blowouts.
The Redhawks have outscored the Cowboys 280-18 in those contests.
Port Townsend (2-0, 3-2) coach Alex Heilig said it was the offensive line opening up big holes for Hill and Kelsall that deserved much of the credit for the win.
“The offensive line and the entire defense deserve a lot of the credit for what we were able to do tonight,” Heilig said.
Chimacum (0-2, 1-4) coach Mike Dowling said his boys worked hard, but the Redhawks were fundamentally better.
“They gave effort. Effort wasn’t a problem. We missed a lot of tackles,” he said.
“We’re young, but that can never be an excuse,” he said.
Chimacum tried utilizing a short passing attack against the Redhawks’ swarming defense and at times was able to move the ball, but the Cowboys never seriously threatened to score until late in the game.
“Guys were open, we just didn’t have time to throw,” Dowling said.
Hill was all over the place on both sides of the ball. In addition to his four touchdowns, Hill also had two interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense.
The scoring started almost immediately, as Hill sprinted around the left side of the line for a 61-yard touchdown at the 10:40 mark of the first quarter. After a Chimacum fumble put Port Townsend deep into Cowboys’ territory, Kelsall rumbled 22 yards for a touchdown. The Redhawks had 14 points after running only six plays.
Chimacum threatened to get back into the game after Peyton Hundley recovered a fumble at the Cowboys’ 39-yard-line.
Using a series of short passes from quarterback Cole Dotson, the Cowboys drove down to the 42-yard-line, but stalled when a fourth-and-eight pass into the end zone fell incomplete.
After that drive, the Redhawks simply put the game away.
Hill scored his third touchdown on a 33-yard run at 1:16 left in the first quarter to make it 21-0.
In the second quarter, the Redhawks’ Kyle Blankenship got into the act with a series of effective runs, including a 27-yarder. Hill was able to waltz in untouched from the 6-yard-line to score at the 9:27 mark of the second quarter.
Kelsall added another bruising 29-yard touchdown, bulling over several Cowboys players, for his second TD at the 7:28 mark.
One of Chimacum’s highlights was a great kick return by Guisseppe Glanz, who ran to his left, then reversed field back to the right, nearly running into the end zone, and bringing the ball back out to the 30. Unfortunately, the Cowboys couldn’t capitalize as the Redhawks’ Jonathan Smith recovered a fumble minutes later.
The Redhawks added one more touchdown at near the end of the half on a 20-yard pass from Hill to Gerry Coker to make it 42-0 with 1:16 left in the half.
Kelsall added his third touchdown with a 12-yard run at the 5:39 mark of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Hill had a 38-yard run to set up a 2-yard quarterback sneak for his fourth rushing touchdown with 9:28 left in the game to make it 55-0.
Chimacum drove late in the game with a nice 27-yard run by Domenick Zack on a completely broken play. Chris Sevilla hit Issac Purser with a 9-yard fade in the corner of the end zone to put the Cowboys on the scoreboard with 3:53 left.
Noa Apker-Montoya also had an interception for the Redhawks, while Coker made seven out of eight PATs.
Port Townsend, tied for first in the Nisqually/Olympic League with No. 6 Cascade Christian, plays Coupeville on the road Friday, while Chimacum hosts Bellevue Christian at Memorial Field.
Port Townsend 55, Chimacum 6
Port Townsend 21 21 7 6 — 55
Chimacum 0 0 0 6— 6
PT—Hill 61 run (Coker kick)
PT—Kelsall 22 run (Coker kick)
PT—Hill 33 run (Coker kick )
PT—Hill 6 run (Coker kick)
PT—Kelsall 29 run (Coker kick)
PT—Coker 20 pass from Hill (Coker kick)
PT—Kelsall 12 run (Coker kick)
PT—Hill 2 run (Kick blocked)
C—Purser 9 pass from Sevilla (PAT failed)
Sports editor Pierre LaBossiere can be contacted at 360-417-3525 or at [email protected]