Sequim’s Wolves needed every bit of fortune they could get their hands on Friday night in trying to upset the No. 6 North Kitsap Vikings on the road.
But senior running back Dax Solis wasn’t about to let luck derail NK’ s quest for another Olympic League title.
Solis ran for 196 yards — 148 in the second half — and scored three touchdowns as North Kitsap turned a 14-0 halftime lead into a 42-0 rout on Sept 29.
NK quarterback Andrew Blackmore added three touchdown passes as the Vikings celebrated their 2017 Homecoming game in style.
To hear Sequim coaches and players after they game, however, one might think they were on the positive end of a 42-point loss.
“This was the best week of practice we’ve had (this season) and the best game we’ve played so far,” Sequim coach Erik Wiker said, after seeing his Wolves fall to 0-2 in league and 2-3 overall.
“We have not played powder puff teams,” he said, noting the early schedule has included two league favorites (North Kitsap and Montesano), a strong Bremerton squad and a solid Centralia team.
“If we play like we did today, we should be very hard to beat,” Wiker said. “We should win the rest of our games.”
With five freshmen in the starting lineup and being out-sized at nearly every position, Sequim figured to have a tough time keeping pace with the host Vikings. For a half, the Wolves nearly did.
Sequim took the opening drive to the Viking 2-yard-line before SHS quarterback Riley Cowan saw a fourth down pass Bates down in the end zone.
North Kitsap (3-0, 5-0) opened the scoring on the game’s second drive with Solis leading the way, a 92-yard campaign capped by Blackmore’s 10-yard scoring strike to Tyler Sloman.
Sequim looked to have NK stopped on the Vikings’ next drive, but Solis took a short pass from Blackmore on third-down-and-14, raced 74 yards for a score and 14-0 lead.
Sequim’s final first half drive cut short in Viking territory after a Cowan pass was tipped by a receiver into the hands of NK defense back Josh Stackhouse.
Wiker said Sequim needed to have some good luck and capitalize on chances to keep the score close.
“That’s why we went for it (on fourth down on the first drive); we knew they could wear us down,” he said. “They are just bigger everywhere.”
Up two scores, North Kitsap simply bullied into the end zone on four consecutive drives. Leading the way again was Solis, a 6-foot 1-inch, 220-pound back who earned high praise from the Sequim coach.
“He’s the best running back I’ve seen in a long time on a high school field,” Wiker said. “He’s not only quick, he’s fast. He’s big and got field vision.”
Cowan finished 17-of-39 for 173 yards. Gavin Velarde had a team-high 30 yards rushing — all coming in one attempt — and added 53 yards on five catches. Kyler Rollness led the team with 55 yards receiving.
North Kitsap racked up 514 total yards, 351 of those on the ground.
For North Mason’s 2017 Homecoming match-up, the Bulldogs (1-2, 3-2) host Sequim on Oct. 6; game time is 7 p.m.
Last season, Sequim romped in a 47-12 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Wolves cap Homecoming week by hosting the Olympic Trojans on Oct. 13, and are on the road Oct. 20 at Port Angeles before finishing the regular season with a home date against the Kingston Buccaneers on Oct. 27.