SPORTS: North Olympic Peninsula prep football coverage

PORT TOWNSEND — Too bad it wasn’t a hockey game.

The Port Townsend football team (2-2 in league, 4-3 overall) led 9-0 through three quarters before an onslaught of turnovers turned into 27 fourth quarter points and a Class 1A Nisqually League win for eighth-ranked Orting.

“We did very well, but if you give a team like Orting a few opportunities they will take advantage and that’s what happened,” Redskins coach Brian O’Hara said.

Port Townsend took an early lead in its homecoming game on a 27-yard field goal by Eric Thomas in the first quarter and a 15 yard touchdown pass from Thomas to Ryan Unbedacht in the second quarter.

The Redskins defense held on two goal-line stands in the third quarter but couldn’t put anything together on offense to put the game away.

“Field position and time of possession were big factors in the second half,” O’Hara said.

Orting’s long drives controlled the ball for much of the third quarter.

The goal-line stands kept the Cardinals (4-0, 6-1) off the scoreboard but boxed the Redskins in deep in their own territory.

Port Townsend’s Cameron Johnson intercepted an Orting pass to set the Redskins up on the their own 30-yard line with 10:30 to play in the fourth.

The Redskins put the ball on the ground on the next play, setting the Cardinals up with good field possession.

Orting then scored on a four-yard run by Taylor Meeks with 7:39 left.

The Redskins fumbled again on the next possession and Orting’s Braden Cordes gave the Cardinals the lead with a 10-yard rushing touchdown.

Port Townsend drove down to the Orting 30 before Cordes intercepted a Thomas pass and returned the ball for a 75-yard touchdown and a 21-9 lead.

Thomas was intercepted again on the next possession.

Then Meeks punched it in from four yards out once more to account for the final score.

“We really need to win out to secure a spot for ourselves [in the playoffs],” O’Hara said.

Port Townsend visits Charles Wright (0-4, 1-6) next Friday.

Orting 27, Port Townsend 9

Orting 0 0 0 27– 27

Port Townsend 3 6 0 0 — 9

First Quarter

PT–Thomas 22 field goal

Second Quarter

PT–Unbedacht 15 pass from Thomas (kick blocked)

Fourth Quarter

O–Meeks 4 run (Dey kick)

O–Cordes 10 run (Dey kick)

O–Cordes 75 interception return (Dey kick)

O–Meeks 4 run (kick failed)

Individual Stats

Rushing– PT: Thomas 10-27, Johnson 6-13, Plouse 2-3, Mallory 1-0.

Passing–PT: Thomas 23-37-3, 200

Receiving–PT: Robinson 8-126, Unbedacht 7-45, Mallory 3-13, Johnson 2-7, Plouse 2-5, Juran 1-4.


FORKS — Forks didn’t become the first team to score on top-ranked Montesano this season, but the Spartans can take some solace in holding the Bulldogs to their lowest point total of the season in Friday’s loss.

“Forks came out and hit us in the mouth a bit,” Montesano coach Terry Jensen told The Daily World of Aberdeen.

“We haven’t had any adversity all year and it was good to see how the kids would respond.

“This was a very good test, and Forks is always a tough place to play.”

The Spartans (2-3, 3-4) had a chance to tie the score at 7-7 with a first-and-goal opportunity in the first half.

But as has often been the case in the red zone for Forks this season, they failed to convert the possession into points.

Forks forced four Bulldogs (5-0, 7-0) turnovers in the game, two fumbles and two interceptions but couldn’t turn any of them into points.

The Montesano varsity played the entire game against the Spartans, which has been a rarity this year.

Forks will need to win out at Rainier (2-3, 3-4) and home against Tenino (0-5, 0-7) and hope for some help to have a shot at the playoffs.


SILVERDALE — Olympic running back Larry Dixon ran all over the Roughriders, totaling 16 carries for 253 yards and five touchdowns as the Trojans cruised on Friday.

Dixon broke the unofficial West Sound rushing record during the game on a 40-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

The previous record-holder was former South Kitsap and Eastern Washington running back Ryan Cole, whose mark of 4,654 yards came from 1999-2001.

The mark is still lower than former Forks running back and Washington State linebacker Pat Bennett, who ran for 5,420 yards from 1997-2000.

Cameroon Moon was a bright spot for Port Angeles, rushing 16 times for 82 yards and scoring Port Angeles’ lone touchdown on an 8-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Keenan Walker.

Port Angeles (0-5, 0-7) hosts Bremerton (0-5, 1-6) for homecoming on Friday.

Olympic 43, Port Angeles 7

Port Angeles 0 0 7 0– 7

Olympic 14 12 14 3 — 43

First Quarter

O–Dixon 23 run (Elliott kick)

O–Dixon 70 run (Elliott kick)

Second Quarter

O–Dixon 40 run (kick failed)

O–Dixon 6 run (kick failed)

Third Quarter

O–Dixon 64 run (Elliott kick)

O–Johnson 23 pass from Bird (Elliott kick)

PA–Moon 8 pass from Walker (Hurd kick)

Fourth Quarter

O–Elliott 37 field goal

Individual Stats

Rushing– PA: Moon 16-82, Brewer 7-26.; O: Dixon 16-253, Britton 10-48.

Passing–PA: Walker 3-7-0, 13.; Bird 7-9-0, 84

Receiving–PA: Lee 1-3, Ward 1-2, Moon 1-8.; O: Johnson 3-53, Dakis 4-31.


VASHON — A Cowboys fumble deep in Chimacum territory with under a minute left in the first half allowed Vashon to score and take a 20-6 lead and the momentum into the locker room on Friday.

“A few costly mistakes put us in a hole we couldn’t recover from,” Chimacum coach Shawn Meacham said.

Chimacum (2-2, 4-3) was unable to get untracked offensively after the break and “had a hard time slowing down their run game,” according to Meacham.

Austin McConnell scored Chimacum’s lone score on a 60-yard sweep in the first quarter.

Chimacum hosts third-ranked Cascade Christian on Friday.


JOYCE — Crescent rolled past rival Clallam Bay in a rainy Pacific Coast League North Division contest on Saturday

“It’s good to get back on track after the disaster last weekend at Lummi,” Crescent coach Tim Rooney said.

Dylen Heaward rushed nine times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and returned a pair of kickoffs for scores of 78 and 79 yards.

Dylan Christie scored twice, one coming on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Joey Barnes and the other coming on a 50-yard touchdown run.

Christie finished with two catches for 128 yards for the Loggers.

Barnes led the Crescent defense with 11 tackles and a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Beau Bamer chipped in with 10 tackles and also forced a fumble and recovered another.

Travis Bohannon had nine tackles and a sack and Eric Larson finished with eight tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.

“We’re real young,” Clallam Bay coach T.J. Greene said.

“We started three eighth graders and a freshman quarterback, so I think in a few years things will be much improved.”

Luke Wonderly ran 22 times for 115 yards and a touchdown and also led the Bruins defense with 10 tackles.

“It was a pretty busy day for him,” Greene said.

Daniel Wonderly had 14 carries for 89 yards and a score and Jacob Portenoy managed five carries for 66 yards for Clallam Bay.

Taran Bowlby had six tackles and blocked an extra point for the Bruins.

Clallam Bay (0-2, 0-4) hosts Lummi next Friday at 6 p.m., while Crescent (1-1, 5-2) visits Neah Bay (2-0, 7-0) also on Friday night.

“It’s a big game for us,” Rooney said.

Crescent 61, Clallam Bay 20

Clallam 0 0 6 14– 20

Crescent 12 21 6 22 — 61

First Quarter

CR–Anderson 5 run (Kick no good)

CR–Heaward 27 run (Pass failed)

Second Quarter

CR–Christie 78 pass from Joey Barnes (Christie run)

CR–Heaward 5 run (Run failed)

CR–Marcus Decker 9 run (Gonzo Albendea kick)

Third Quarter

CR–Heaward 79 kickoff return (Pass failed)

CB–L. Wonderly 67 run (Pass failed)

Fourth Quarter

CR–Christie 50 run (Heaward run)

CR–Barnes 67 interception return (Beau Bamer run)

CB– L. Wonderly 3 Run (Portenoy pass from Willis)

CB– D. Wonderly 35 run (pass failed)

CR– Heaward 78 kickoff return (Run failed)

Individual Stats

Rushing– CR: Dylen Heaward 9-81, Christie 1-50, CB: L. Wonderly 22-115, D. Wonderly 14-89, Portenoy 5-66.

Passing– CR: Barnes 3-4-0, 138

Receiving–CR: Dylan Christie 2-128

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