Tumwater defeats North Kitsap in high school football game


Tumwater players Brayden Weiks (48), Alexander Hach (56), Alec Cruz (51), Mikah Sederberg (33) and Kai MLeod (20) celebrate with the cheerleaders after the T-Birds' 8-6 victory on the North Kitsap Vikings during Friday Night's 2A football game at Tumwater District Stadium in Tumwater, Wash. on Sept. 9, 2022.

Tumwater players Brayden Weiks (48), Alexander Hach (56), Alec Cruz (51), Mikah Sederberg (33) and Kai MLeod (20) celebrate with the cheerleaders after the T-Birds’ 8-6 victory on the North Kitsap Vikings during Friday Night’s 2A football game at Tumwater District Stadium in Tumwater, Wash. on Sept. 9, 2022.

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In a game between Class 2A powerhouses that saw little attack and much play on defense, Tumwater found a way to win Friday at home against North Kitsap.

The Thunderbirds scored their only touchdown with 4.9 seconds left in the first half and held on for an 8-6 victory over the visiting Vikings in what could be a preview of a tournament game. state on the road. North Kitsap made the state semifinals last fall, losing to Lynden 15-10. Lynden went on to beat Tumwater 21-7 in the championship match.

“I think we’ll see them later,” said Tumwater sophomore Derek Thompson, who scored for Tumwater in the second quarter and added a pair of interceptions on defense.

Points were scarce on Friday and Tumwater (2-0) struck first late in the first quarter after knocking down a punt inside North Kitsap’s 1-yard line. North Kitsap tried to run out of shotgun, but the Thunderbirds defensive line gobbled up Vikings running back Karson Walsh in the backfield for a safety.

After seven punts in the first half, Tumwater’s offense was finally successful against North Kitsap in the Thunderbirds’ last play before halftime. Senior quarterback Alex Overbay found Thompson behind the Vikings secondary for a 39-yard strike to give the Thunderbirds an 8-0 advantage at the break.

Thompson said the coaching staff requested a route adjustment from the sideline on the play, which Tumwater had executed unsuccessfully earlier in the game.

“It worked perfectly,” Thompson said. “I saw the defender go down and said, ‘I just have to catch this. Alex threw a perfect ball.

The error stood out as one of the few mistakes North Kitsap made on defense all night. The Vikings held Tumwater without a first down in the second half and helped provide hope for a potential comeback.

North Kitsap (1-1) shot within 8-6 with 9:45 left as senior receiver Jaxson Gore carried a 16-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Beau Pahrmann, who entered the game after starter Cole Edwards left with an ankle injury in the first quarter.

The Vikings found other opportunities to drop points: Pahrmann threw a pair of interceptions inside Tumwater territory and North Kitsap senior kicker Diego De Luna missed 49 field goal attempts, 43 and 47 meters in the second half.

In North Kitsap’s last practice, the Vikings turned the ball over Tumwater’s 37 with 1:33 left.

“It’s little things,” North Kitsap head coach Jeff Weible said. “It’s about lining up punts when we’re supposed to be lining up punts and not letting it roll to the 1-yard line. It’s about finishing drives, making better decisions, not throwing picks. It’s about scoring goals on the field. We’re not good enough yet to overcome this stuff.

Thompson wasn’t surprised to see the match decided in the final two minutes.

“We knew they were going to be good competition,” he said. “We prepared really well and I think we executed. We certainly have work to do.

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