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Page B-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursda Oct. 16, 2014 P North Mason prepared for "talented'and'physical' Olympic for homecoming By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com Friday night's game came down to a couple of big plays, North Mason head coach Jeff Bevers said. "It was a good, hard-fought ball- game," he said. "We really put our- selves in a good position to win by playing really good football." But Sequim edged the Bulldogs, scoring on a one-yard dive in over- time to take the 26-20 victory. "Sequim always presents challeng- es to us with their passing game," Bevers said. "They play really well in space." Sequim threw for 169 yards against the Bulldogs, compared to North Ma- son's 67 passing yards. On the ground, the teams were well matched. North Mason rushed for 254 yards, while Sequim collected 253 rushing yards. The Bulldogs jumped to an early lead, scoring twice in the first quar- ter -- senior running back Davontea Davenport punched in a 3-yard touch- down and junior quarterback Matt Becker rushed 57 yards for a second score. By halftime, Sequim had tied the game at 13-13. The Bulldogs took possession of the ball early in the fourth quarter. Ten minutes, 47 seconds and 21 plays later, junior fullback Cole Rinehart pushed into the end zone to give the Bulldogs a 20-13 lead. "We have always been able to have 12- to 15-play drives before," Bevers said. "This was the best I have seen. Everyone was really dialed in on that drive coming out of the half." Sequim soon tied the game at 20, forcing an overtime period. Photo courtesy of Michael Dashiell, 5equirn Gazette Junior defensive end Zac Marks and junior linebacker Cole Rinehart make a stop on Sequim running back Chris Whitaker on Friday night in Sequim. "We missed a couple of tackles on a really good football player (Sequim senior quarterback Miguel Moroles) who we had kept in-check all night and he made us pay," Bevers said. Moroles scored all four touchdowns for Sequim. Bevers said the game plan against Sequim was to win the time of posses- sion and limit Sequim's big plays. "I felt like we did that until that big play in the fourth," he said. The Bulldogs (3-3) will play Olym- pic at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Phil Pugh Stadium for their homecoming game. "Olympic is a big, talented football team with really good speed," Bevers e e e e By EMILY HANSON emi /@masoncoun corn The Mary M. Knight football team started Friday night's game with two starters on the sidelines with injuries. A third injury during the game didn't help the Owls' efforts. Naselle defeated the Knight Owls 62-12 after building a 54-0 first half lead. "They basically were a much bet- ter team than we were," head coach Mike Bateman said. "I thought the kids played fairly well, but Naselle was loaded with 24 kids." Starters junior guard Mathew Thompson and senior running back Adam Pais sat out the game for the Owls. SOphomore wide receiver Harley Kenyon was tackled while making a catch near the sidelines. Bateman said Kenyon landed wrong and injured his collarbone. He's likely out for the season. Before his injury, Kenyon caught four passes for 99 yards. He said that having so many Owls hurt during the game made it difficult to compete. The bright spot for the Owls came from senior quarterback James Ander- son's passing performance. Anderson went 7-for-17 for 171 yards and one touchdown. "Our passing was quite good, actu- ally," Bateman said. "If I'd known more about Naselle, we would've passed a lot more. Their pass defense was weak." Although Anderson threw two inter- ceptions, Bateman said he played well. Both of the Knight Owls' touch- downs can be at least partly attributed to junior tight end Alec McGee. In the third quarter, McGee re- ceived a 25-yard pass from Anderson for a touchdown. McGee than scored a 92-yard touch- down on a reverse in the fourth quar- ter. "Alec has come a long ways as a re- ceiver," Bateman said. "I was really impressed with Alec. His overall per- formance was strong." Junior running back Taylor Diggle led the ground attack, collecting 47 yards on 20 carries, while Jason Ke- nyon, an eighth-grade running back, added 12 yards on eight carries. Bateman is expecting a tough out- ing for the Owls this week. The team (2-4) is scheduled to play at 3 p.m. today at the Washing- ton School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Washington. "WSD is a pretty high-strung team," Bateman said. "They've scored 19 touchdowns in four games. They're pretty high offense." He said he plans to open the game up more. "There's not a lot of (receiver) ex- perience, but we're going to let James (Anderson) throw a lot more," Bateman said. "I think it's time to let James go." said. "And they play really physical." likes to put pressure on opponents Olympic favors the I-formation and with a lot of blitzes, Bevers said. with a catchy display ad in :l! It's hard to believe that you're turning 80] Love, The Kids Have a Great Birthday Sony m Mom & Dad TI C