South Kitsap and Olympic agreed to the skirmish as both teams will open shortened league play next week
By George Edgar
For West Sound SportsPlus
BREMERTON — It wasn’t a real game, but the football season started for the South Kitsap Wolves and the Olympic Trojans at Integrity Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Though it was only a controlled scrimmage, agreed to by both teams, it signaled the start of the football season that had been delayed by the state-wide coronavirus lockdowns.
The Kitsap region got the go-ahead by the state to play when it was elevated to Phase 2 last week, allowing full contact sports to play.
“Everybody was anticipating it,” said Olympic coach Sal Quitevis Jr. “When we got the green light to go, these kids have been chomping at the bit to play and hit somebody else. Mission accomplished. We had a good scrimmage with South Kitsap. We’re gonna take what we see on film with this and move on to play Bainbridge.”
“I think it’s great,” said South Kitsap assistant coach Dustin Booth. “The kids, they’ve been working hard during the week, it was good to hit another color jersey. They’ve been sitting still for a year, I think we’re just happy to play football.”
Booth had taken the coaching reigns from head coach Dan Ericson, who was with the South Kitsap junior varsity as they played Port Angeles in Port Orchard.
The controlled scrimmage featured four possessions by each team’s first and second team offenses and defenses. They would start at the 30-yard line and keep the ball for 10 plays; if they made it inside the opposition’s 20-yard line, they would get four more plays.
There was no time kept and no special teams plays like punting or kickoffs in the scrimmage.
There was then a 16-minute running period, between the first-string teams. Both teams scored a touchdown – Olympic’s Trent Feistner on a 33-yard run up the left sideline, followed by a 72-yard touchdown pass from Rylan Bayne to Keel Slayback for South Kitsap – but only South made its extra point attempt. South won 7-6.
The players were just glad to get out on the field.
“We’ve been waiting so long,” said Olympic’s Feistner. “We put in a lot of work; we were happy to show it off.”
The decision for the scrimmage was made by both teams out of health concerns.
“We and South Kitsap agreed on a controlled scrimmage,” Quitevis said, “as the first thing we do before a first game. It worked out for both teams, we don’t have a lot of seniors, so we’re a young team, and we want to get experience, and still give our seniors a chance to play.”
Booth added, “I think where we’re at, with two weeks of practice, basically, the conditioning on both sides wasn’t where they needed to be to play a full game. It was safe on our part.”
During the scrimmage, Quitevis was impressed with the offensive line play by the Trojans.
“They did a great job, we know that’s one of our strong points,” he said. “We know that we can run the ball. We got to work on other phases of the game, but to have that phase of the game, to be able to control the clock, we’ll help us as we go on.”
Booth was impressed with the Wolves’ determination, even though there was nothing on the line.
“I think the kids effort. They were moving the ball up and down on us, they were stuffing our offense quite a bit. Their effort, their determination is what stood out.”
Both teams will play for real next week, with Olympic going to Bainbridge, and South Kitsap hosting Kingston.
“Hopefully, we’ll be ready for a full game,” Booth said. “Our kids are excited. They wanted to play longer, but we’re trying to safe, stay healthy and be able to finish this short season.”
Sequim 38, Bainbridge 0: Walker Ward finished with 197 yards rushing on 31 carries and two scores as the Wolves beat the Spartans. Turnovers were the key as Sequim finished with five interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
North Mason 52, Chimacum/Port Townsend 6: The Bulldogs made quick work of a combined Chimacum-PT squad in their home opener in Belfair. North Mason’s defense limited Chimicum-PT to minus 70 yards offense and no first downs.
Bremerton 47, Klahowya 3: The Knights beat the Eagles on their home field in their first game of the short season. Klahowya took a 3-0 lead before a long run by Bremerton put them inside the Eagles 10-yard line. Bremerton scored from five-yards out in the first quarter and the Knights went on to dominate the rest of the game.