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Knights lose a close one
SILVERDALE Two football teams who came in with nothing but rough losses so far in the 2005 campaign did battle Friday night.
While the Bremerton-Olympic football matchup is not expected to have much bearing in the Bridge Division title race, it held utmost importance to the faithful of each school.
Either the Knights Nate Gillam or the Trojans Eric Allen had to walk away with their first victory of their recently undertaken tenures.
After four quarters of see-saw play, the Trojans pulled it out, 21-14 at Silverdale Stadium, boosted by the return of Nick Bankus who totaled four grabs and nailed a key field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans also racked up 211 yards rushing on their way to the win. Quarterback Chris Lane led Olympic with 79 yards.
Bremerton started strong, as PJ Mallhi picked up a fumble at the Olympic 26 to end their first drive. Bankus stopped the Knights Moises Lovinaria on a fourth down rush to quash the threat, however.
The teams again traded turnovers before the sloppy first quarter closed, with Danny Fulton registering a pick for Bremerton and Jeff Boice scooping up a fumble for the Trojans that led to a Ross Payne 27-yard scamper for the games first score.
Richard Kendrick recovered a Trojan fumble at the Olympic 25, setting up Lovinaria for a 10-yard sweep left that tied the game before a Mallhi kick put the Knights on top, where they sat at the halftime break.
In the third, Jamiere Abney broke up a would-be touchdown with a well-timed leap, but the Olympic drive was delayed, not derailed. Lane found Bankus on a 22-yard toss and put Olympic ahead 12-7.
George Skurtu returned the kick deep into Trojan territory for the Knights and it only took one play to take it to the house as Brandon Hansen shook off a would-be tackler at the 5 for the exclamation point on a 41-yard touchdown run.
Olympic answered with a Rashard Greene run up the middle for eight yards and paydirt with just 1:18 left in the third to give the Trojans an 18-14 lead.
The Knights took it deep in the fourth quarter on a couple occasions but couldnt push one through. Bankus capped the scoring with a 28-yard field goal that stretched the Trojan lead to a touchdown.
A desperation pass before time expired turned into an interception for Xavier Mancha and Olympic kneeled on the ball to run out the clock.
Knights coach Nate Gillam was disappointed but not discouraged.
The ball just bounced their way a bit more than it did ours, Gillam said. Our kids played hard. We were in this thing until the last play.
We played a good game. We got six more, this one game does not make a season. Well be all right.
The Knights enacted some measure of revenge against Olympic Monday with a 6-0 win in the junior varsity game, Bremertons first of the season.