Despite late push, Knights can’t get by Bainbridge

Bremerton’s Jamiere Abney tries to punch a hole through the Bainbridge defense in last Friday’s 50-22 home loss. - Photo by Brad Camp
Bremerton’s Jamiere Abney tries to punch a hole through the Bainbridge defense in last Friday’s 50-22 home loss.
— image credit: Photo by Brad Camp

Football is a game of inches. That’s why the chain gang is there to measure first downs, and that’s why a fraction of an inch can mean the difference between a touchdown and an interception. But the most important inches right now for the Bremerton football team are those inches located between the players ears.

The Knights aren’t playing dumb, they’re just not as focused as they need at all times. After playing a strong first quarter against Bainbridge last Friday, the Knights (0-2) ran out of gas in a 50-22 loss.

“We got tired, and played a really poor two-and-a-half quarters,” coach Nate Gillam said. “The problem is we’re just not in good enough shape. We have a lot of guys that don’t understand what it takes out of them in practice. That level we played at in the first quarter is where we have to play the entire game. You can yell, scream and encourage all you want during conditioning, but at some point it’s a mental switch the players have to turn on.

“The good news is, it’s a fixable problem,” Gillam added. “We told the kids, ‘We’ve still got 13 days before the league starts. We still believe we have the tools, we just have to find a way to use them for the entire game.’”

Jamiere Abney used his tools from start to finish, leading the Bremerton offense with 109 yards on 15 rushing carries, including all three touchdowns, one of which was the Knights longest play of the game, a 36-yarder in the second quarter. Abney also scored on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.

“He’s a work horse,” Gillam said. “He’s one of the ones who understands what it takes. That’s good and bad for him. It means the other teams will key on him, but it also means he’ll open things up for other people.”

One of those people is Travis Storey, who turned in a second-straight quality performance, gaining 53 yards on seven carries.

Richard Kendrick hauled in Jacob Belden’s longest pass of the night, covering 26 yards, and Kendrick made good on two point-after attempts, making him a perfect five for five on the year. Storey added 13 receiving yards.

Jamaree Wells added 120 yards on kick-off and punt returns, the longest of which was a 47-yarder. The receiving crops was short-handed to start with, but Alex Griffin’s absence was definitely felt. The senior speedster is recovering from a rib injury suffered during the first week of the season.

Michael Powell led the defense with eight tackles, and Garrett Torchiani added six.

Bremerton hosts North Mason (0-2) this Friday, before beginning Olympic League action against Peninsula Sept. 21.

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