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Bremerton football ready for Yelm
After a decisive victory over Klahowya to open the season, the Bremerton football team slipped up in a 35-12 loss on the road last week to Class 2A North Mason.
That puts the Knights (1-1) at .500 entering Friday's game at Yelm (1-1), which is coming off a 49-33 loss against Interlake. A win today would give BHS two victories on the year, matching its total from all of last season when it finished 2-8.
"The win against Klahowya was great. It was the first time we had won two games in a row in this program in a very long time," coach Nate Gillam said, referring to a 68-6 win over Evergreen to conclude the 2008 season. "The kids were excited and so was the staff."
Gillam has flip-flopped at quarterback between junior Sabian Perrigo and senior Billy Davenport through the first two games, but it will be Perrigo who starts against Yelm.
Both Perrigo and Davenport saw action against North Mason, although Davenport, who started, was pulled after the opening series in favor of Perrigo, who has accounted for five of the Knights' seven touchdowns.
Gillam said before the season Davenport would start, but Perrigo's numbers and versatility — he's rushed for three touchdowns, passed for one and returned a punt for another — have changed his mind.
"Perrigo gives us a true run/pass option at quarterback," Gillam said. "He has a good arm and is elusive."
Depth remains an issue for the Knights, who have relied on players playing both ways in order to cover every position on the field. Injuries to senior linebacker Tommy Hanberg (knee) and junior outside linebacker Shaun Hall (concussion) have further depleted the defense. Neither Hanberg nor Hall will play Friday.
We are filling in as best we can, but those two are captains and great leaders," Gillam said. "Right now inexperience, coupled with shallow depth, is a hindrance."
Halfback-turned-fullback Kyle Kennedy, who rushed for more than 800 yards in 2008, is healthy, but he off to a slow start. The junior carried four times for just five yards — including a touchdown — against Klahowya and didn't find the endzone against North Mason. The bulk of the rushing yards have come from Perrigo, who rushed for 175 yards in the season opener and followed that performance with a 10-yard touchdown run against North Mason.
Since the Knights also are shallow in the backfield — Kennedy is the only returning running back — switching Kennedy to fullback was as much a survival tactic as a strategic move.
"We don't really have a player (who could) be his fullback, so he has moved to that position as we work through some tailbacks," Gillam said. "In this offense the fullback has limited options, but we are using him in our single-back sets. We are working to find a way to get him the ball."
Olympic/Western Cascade League
W L PF PA
Olympic 2 0 104 10
Timberline 2 0 73 35
Yelm 1 1 69 62
Bremerton 1 1 47 47
North Kitsap 1 1 47 55
North Thurston 1 1 43 27
Capital 0 2 43 54
Port Angeles 0 2 19 68
*Standings through Wednesday
BHS football schedule/results
Sept. 4 at Klahowya (W 35-12)
Sept. 11 at North Mason (L 12-35)
Sept. 18 at Yelm 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 Timberline 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 Capital 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 at North Thurston 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 North Kitsap 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Port Angeles
Oct. 30 Olympic 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 crossover/playoffs TBD