When Olympic and Bremerton played football in 2019, the Trojans toppled the Knights 49-14 at Bremerton Memorial Stadium in a game that determined which team qualified for the postseason.
Memories of that victory drifted into Olympic senior quarterback Dylan Boschee-Perry's mind this week after a Bremerton player provided the Trojans with extra motivation by "talking smack" on a social media post.
"We thought they learned their lesson two years ago," Boschee-Perry said.
Hosting Bremerton on Friday at Integrity Roofing Stadium, Olympic reminded the Knights that talk is cheap and the team that makes the most plays usually wins football games. The Trojans came away with a 35-14 win that puts them in the driver's seat for a top-two finish in the Olympic League 2A. Olympic improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Bremerton fell to 2-1, 1-1.
"We just had to take it to them," said Boschee-Perry, who finished with 174 yards and two touchdowns passing and 93 yards rushing.
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Success on third and fourth downplayed a major role in the Trojans' victory — even when Olympic didn't have the ball. On Bremerton's first possession, the Knights looked to be in position to score before senior Greysen Dagsaan-Phillips intercepted a pass in the endzone.
"All week, we knew if we could stop their run and make them pass, it would be to our advantage," Olympic coach Sal Quitevis Jr. said. "We talked all week about making them uncomfortable."
The Trojans responded with a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive as senior running back Kama Ruis punched in from a yard out on the first play of the second quarter.
Bremerton tied the game up 7-7 on a 41-yard touchdown pass from senior Joshua Tapangco to receiver Junior Newman and had the opportunity for more points when Olympic had a bad punt snap set the Knights up on the Trojans' 5-yard line. Bremerton turned the ball over on downs after two runs for no yards, a fumbled snap and an incomplete pass.
Olympic took advantage of the defensive stand as Boschee-Perry found Dagsaan-Phillips on 3rd-and-10 for a 53-yard scoring pass, giving the Trojans a 14-7 halftime lead.
The first two possessions of the third quarter were a microcosm of the game. Olympic faced 4th-and-7 from its own 40 and were prepared to punt when referees penalized Bremerton five yards for trying to simulate the snap. Facing 4th-and-2, Olympic puts its offense back on the field and Boschee-Perry ran 45 yards, setting up Ruis for a 10-yard touchdown run and 21-7 lead for the Trojans.© MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN Bremerton's Gavin Ronquillo (31) tackles Olympic's Kamanao Ruis (5) during their game on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
On the Knights' next possession, Ruis burst through the line to drop Bremerton running back Romen Sorensen for a 7-yard loss on 3rd-and-2. Bremerton failed on a fake punt attempt. Two plays later, Ruis scored his third touchdown of the game on a 40-yarder.
Olympic scored its final touchdown of the game at 8:10 of the fourth quarter. The Trojans converted on 3rd-and-10 and 3rd-and-16 before Boschee-Perry found receiver Luke Silva on a 7-yard touchdown pass — again on third down — for a 35-7 lead.
In addition to the team's passing success, the Trojans rushed for 294 yards.
"Our line probably had its best performance of the year," Boschee-Perry said.© MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN Olympic's Dylan Boschee-Perry (1), Greysen Dagsaan-Phillips (14) and Kamanao Ruis (5) celebrate Dagsaan-Phillips's touchdown against the Bremerton Knights on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Bremerton only rushed for 75 yards. Newman led the Knights with 89 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Up next for Olympic in Week 5 is a road game at North Kitsap (3-0, 1-0). The winner claims first place in the league standings. Bremerton hosts Sequim (1-2, 1-1).
North Kitsap, Bainbridge win big
Returning to action after seeing its Week 3 game against North Mason postponed, North Kitsap showed Port Angeles (1-3, 0-2) why the Vikings are ranked No. 4 in 2A by the Associated Press.
Senior quarterback Colton Bower finished with 247 passing yards, four touchdown passes and returned two interceptions for scores as the Vikings cruised to a 56-0 road win.
Talk about spreading the wealth: Lincoln Castillo (58 receiving yards), Jaxson Gore (53 receiving yards), Logan Sloman (72 receiving yards) and Ethan Guerra (53 receiving yards) each caught a touchdown pass, while Castillo also added an interception return for a score. Karsen Walsh totaled 65 rushing yards and had the lone rushing touchdown for NK.
Coming off a loss to Olympic in Week 3, Bainbridge (1-3, 1-1) picked up its first win by smashing Sequim 48-10. Quarterback Jack Grant finished with 284 yards and four touchdowns passing and 82 yards and one touchdown rushing. Leading the Spartans in receiving were Jeff Utter (83 yards), Luke Lavigne (70 yards, 2 TDs) and Caleb Durrance (67 yards, 2 TDs). Lavigne leads all West Sound receivers with eight total touchdowns in four games.
Central Kitsap turns away Tides
In the closest game of the night, Central Kitsap earned its first victory over Gig Harbor since 2012 with a 20-14 home victory. The Cougars had lost its previous five meetings against the Tides.
"That was our motivation," Central Kitsap coach Mark Keel said.
Running back Kouper Hall posted his third-consecutive 100-yard rushing performance and finished with two touchdowns, while quarterback Kalai Pasi added another score on the ground for Central Kitsap, which led 20-7 in the fourth quarter. Gig Harbor pulled within 20-14 and had the ball with roughly 90 seconds remaining, but the Cougars' turned the Tides' comeback hopes with a final defensive stand.
Central Kitsap improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in South Sound Conference 3A play. The Cougars are tied for first with Yelm and Peninsula and face Timberline on the road in Week 5.
Jeff Graham covers high school sports for the Kitsap Sun. Reach him at email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Kitsap Sun: Week 4 Football: Smack talk motivates Olympic in win over Bremerton
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