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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 - M~ounty Journal - Page B-1 Shelton volleyball plays at home page B-3 Lady Climbers take on Wilson page B-5 North Mason senior running back D'Andre was called back because of a penalty. Photo courtesy of Ronald Quinn Dixon falls over the goal line Friday night in Kingston. The touchdown North Masorr host undefeated Vikings By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com It all came down to a goal-line stand Friday night in Kingston. With 3 seconds remaining on the clock, North Mason held a 21-14 lead over Kings- ton, with the Buccaneers poised to score. "Our defense just buckled down and played really good technique and were able to keep the ball carrier out of the end zone," head coach Jeff Bevers said. "It was really great team defense." North Mason won the 2A Olympic League contest 21-14. "I really thought we played well," Bevers said. "We held them to 50 percent :~aeh'tionally don't run against us and passing and 132 yards rushing. Our spe- we had to make some adjustments in cial teams play improved and I thought the game," he said. "We have seen them for a fourth week in a row, we continued playing this offense and we had looked to get better at each position." at it during the week, but really thought The Bulldogs dominated the secondthey would run the I-formation, power I quarter especially, scoring all of their 21 offense at us; instead they spread us out." points. Bevers said it was fun to compete Senior running back Tyler Grewellagainst a team that played hard for all scampered for a 14-yard touchdown for four quarters. North Mason's first score, while junior "It's great to be challenged like that," fullback Cole Rhinehart punched in he added. the next touchdown on a 17-yard rush. North Mason (3-1) plays at 7 p.m. Rhinehart also scored on a two-yard run. tomorrow against North Kitsap (4-0) at Rhinehart led the Bulldogs' offense Phil Pugh Stadium in Belfair. with 104 yards on 19 carries. Grewell "North Kitsap is a good football team had 91 yards on 14 carries, with a lot of returning players that will North Mason junior quarterback create a huge challenge for us," Bevers Matt Becker was 2-for-3 for 22 yards, said. "They are playing really good de- Bevers said the Buccaneers' spread fense this season." offense surprised the Bulldogs. The Vikings' defense has given up "They came out in an offense that they just 34 points in four games. P By EMILY HANSON ton in every aspect of the emily@masoncoun com game. They amassed 583 total yards of offense -- 345 pass- Shelton had no answer for ing, 238 rushing. Shelton had the Lincoln football team. just 120 yards of total offense "They were bigger than -- 36 passing, 84 rushing. we were, faster than we were Shelton senior quarter- and more athletic than we back Jake Beck was 5-for-10 were," head coach Matt Hin- for 36 yards. Senior running kle said. "They were coached back Jake Henry rushed for very well. Lincoln is certainly 81 yards on 21 carries while a team to be reckoned with junior running back Forest that played with a high level Hunter had 36 yards on four of confidence." carries. That showed on the score- A driving force of the Abes' board as Lincoln defeated offense was junior quarter- Shelton 62-0. back Jordan Kitna. He was '%Ve had trouble finding 16-for-24 for 328 yards and any area we could match up five touchdowns. with them in and that's a He is head coach Jon Kit- credit to what they've accom- na's son. The coach, now in plished in a short amount of his third season as head of time," Hinkle said. the Lincoln program, played The Abes outplayed Shel- in the NFL from 1996 to 2011. lay "(Lincoln's) pulling a lot of kids in from the area,"Hinkle said. "They are very good; an elite team." He said the Highclimbers need to play the hand they're dealt. "We need to get fundamen- tally sounder and play with more confidence," Hinkle said. He praised junior line- backer Tanner Rhodes for his defensive performance. "Tanner played strong for us," Hinkle said. Rhodes led the Shelton de- fense with seven tackles. "(Junior) Colton Paller punted more than we'd like, but did so very well," Hinkle said. Paller punted seven times for 217 yards. im Despite the loss, the High- climbers had no turnovers and held possession of the ball for 31 minutes, 52 seconds, compared to Lincoln's 16:08. "The effort was good, there just was not a position we can honestly say we matched up well in," Hinkle said. "The kids are scrappers and they didn't stop." Hinkle said the game was not a case of Lincoln running up the score. "They were just doing what they do," he said. The Highclimbers (1- 3) play at 7 p.m. tomorrow against Wilson (4-0) at High- climber Stadium. '%Ve're at the meat-grinder point of our season," Hinkle said. '`wilson is a very good football team." FLY ON THE SIDELINE one in With the fifth week of football season starting tomorrow, I thought I'd give an update of where all the teams are at. Shelton started its season on a high note with a 28-21 victory against North Ma- son at Phil Pugh Stadium in week 1. From there, the Highclimbers have struggled. Week 2 was a By EMILY 51-14 loss at Sum- HANSON ner, followed by a 26-13 defeat to Foss in week 3. Last week, Lincoln pounded the Highclimbers for a 62-0 victory. Despite the team's 1-4 record, head coach Matt Hinkle seems opti- mistic. He's seeing progress from the team during practice and even in games, although the scoreboard doesn't reflect it. Senior quarterback Jake Beck is steadily completing more passes each game. Senior running back Jake Henry remains a driving force of the Highclimbers' rushing game. And several Climbers are making them- selves known from the defensive line. In turn, the Bulldogs have found success on the field since their fall to Shelton in week 1. Although North Mason's first home game was rife with mayhem (the lights malfunctioned and the sprinklers went off), the Bulldogs pulled out a 34-27 victory against Elma in week 2. North Mason followed that with 27- 14 win against Port Angeles at home. The Bulldogs beat Kingston 21-14 on the road last week. From the Bulldogs, I've seen fun- loving attitude from players and coaches during games. During the Elma game, when ev- erything was going wrong, the coach- es could have panicked or gotten an- gry. Instead, they laughed about it, shook their heads and turned their attention back to the game. On the field, junior quarterback Matt Becker is becoming more reli- able. He put up 144 yards in the air during week 3. The Bulldogs have a handful of talented rtmning backs, including D'Andre Dixon, who scored three touchdowns against Elma. It seems to take quite a bit to rattle North Mason and that may be the key to the team's success. Finally, out in Matlock, the Knight Owls are having a rough season. Four weeks in, Mary M. Knight is 0-3 (its week 3 game at home against Muckleshoot was canceled). The Owls are young and inexpe- rienced this year, with a first-time head football coach. I think if the team can heal -- several players have sustained in- juries -- and keep its grades up in the classroom, the Owls might find success, but it's going to be an uphill battle. ~I I ~i ] I!;r IT ]]