BHS comeback falls short

The Bremerton defense gang tackles a Mount Tahoma running back in last Friday’s 43-20 season-ending loss for the Knights. - Photo courtesy of Lance McCoy
The Bremerton defense gang tackles a Mount Tahoma running back in last Friday’s 43-20 season-ending loss for the Knights.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Lance McCoy

TACOMA — The Bremerton Knights have unfortunately gotten used to slow starts this football season, but the final game of the year was a turnover-filled nightmare of a start.

In all, Bremerton coughed up four fumbles and threw four interceptions in the 43-20 loss on the road against Mt. Tahoma.

“The game was better than the score,” coach Nate Gillam said. “Obviously the turnovers hurt us, but we had a chance to win the game up until mid-fourth quarter. We made a great comeback to get within one touchdown, but big plays against our defense hurt us. Our defense did a great job keeping their good athletes in check except on about four big plays which broke big.”

Two of those big plays were in the second quarter, as Mt. Tahoma stretched its lead to 21-0. The Thunderbirds hit a 53-yard touchdown pass and tacked on an 89-yard scoring run.

Dimitri Alston hauled in a touchdown pass for Bremerton (1-9) in the third quarter, taking in a 5-yard pass from Jacob Belden. Belden hooked up with Richard Kendrick on a 60-yard strike in the fourth and Alex Griffin broke free for a 76-yard touchdown reception from Belden to complete the Knights’ scoring.

At that point the game was 28-20, but the T-birds converted on another drive, then picked off a pass for a touchdown to end Bremerton’s comeback.

Belden threw for 341 yards in the game, putting him at 1,135 yards on the season, including 13 touchdowns. Jamiere Abney was the leading rusher with 42 yards on 16 carries, ending his senior season with 1,091.

Chris Martindale was everywhere on defense, making 16 primary stops and assisting on two other tackles in the game. The senior linebacker ended the year with 99 total tackles. Martindale also ran the ball four times in the game, gaining 27 yards and two first downs.

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