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PA air assault beats Bremerton

Knight Jamiere Abney uses a block from Richard Kendrick to break off a good run in Bremerton’s 55-30 loss to Port Angeles. - Photo by James Mange
Knight Jamiere Abney uses a block from Richard Kendrick to break off a good run in Bremerton’s 55-30 loss to Port Angeles.
— image credit: Photo by James Mange

Bremerton can score against Port Angeles, but once again the Knights found it rough going, stopping the Roughriders from doing the same in a 55-30 loss. The boys from the straits were finding all the right angles in the passing game last Friday, picking apart the Bremerton defense.

The Knights (0-6 Olympic League, 1-8 overall) came out hot on their first possession, moving the ball upfield well even before Alex Griffin broke loose for a 35-yard touchdown run. The extra point went wide right, but that hardly seemed to matter when the defense stopped Port Angeles on three-and-out on the ‘Riders first possession.

As has happened so many times this season, however, the Knights did the damage to themselves killing the momentum with a botched pitchout, turning the ball over. Port Angeles couldn’t do anything with it right away, but stormed ahead with three second quarter touchdowns.

“It was the same old story,” said coach Nate Gillam, “we have a few bad breaks and we just can’t come back from them.”

The Knights were still in the game at the half, down 19-6, but the second half opened with lightning. The ‘Riders returned the kick to the Bremerton 26 and before the half was 30 seconds old they were looking at a first and goal from the one. Two plays later it was 27-6.

It was 34-6 minutes later when PA quarterback, Chris Lane hooked up with Jake Madison on a 28-yard scoring strike. Lane ended with 389 passing yards and five touchdowns on the evening, with Madison hauling in nine catches for 176 yards.

The Roughriders were able to haul in receptions going over the top on sideline routes and able to break big plays underneath with crossing patterns.

“It was one of those games,” Gillam said. “I don’t know what it is about Port Angeles coming to Bremerton. They make miracle catches. You could throw those passes 10 times and they’d catch them maybe twice, but against us ... I can’t fault our defense though, it was OK coverage. I’ve got to give them credit, the kid just put the ball where it needed to be.”

At that point the Knights offense came back to life, but the Roughriders never stopped as the teams traded touchdowns the rest of the way.

Jacob Belden found Jamaree Wells wide open in the flats for a 10-yard passing touchdown in the third quarter and Griffin ran for six twice in the fourth, once from 5-yards out and once from 30. Griffin ran in all three two-point conversions on those scores, giving him 24 points on the night. Griffin was the leading rushers in the game, sprinting out 142 yards on 10 carries. Jamiere Abney had 79 on 19 rugged runs, putting him over 1,000 for the season at 1,040.

Belden completed 7-of-13 attempts passing, good for 97 yards. Dimitri Alston led the receivers with 35 yards on two catches and Travis Storey was right behind with two for 32.

Bremerton ended its season Thursday with a non-league contest at Mt. Tahoma. Results were unavailable at press time.

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