Sequim’s Kobe Applegate breaks free for a big gain in the first quarter of the Wolves’ 49-7 loss to league-leading North Kitsap on Oct. 8. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Kobe Applegate breaks free for a big gain in the first quarter of the Wolves’ 49-7 loss to league-leading North Kitsap on Oct. 8. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Football: Top-ranked Vikings roll past Wolves, 49-7

A young Sequim football squad kept league powerhouse North Kitsap in check for a quarter, but the Vikings overpowered the host Wolves over the final three quarters for a 49-7 Olympic League win Friday night.

Colton Bower, last season’s league MVP, led an efficient NK offense with 229 passing yards and three touchdowns — two to Logan Sloman — and ran for two more scores.

The Vikings are now 5-0 on the season and are atop the league standings at 3-0, out-scoring opponents 159-7 in their past three contests.

Sequim (1-4) scored their lone touchdown in the first quarter, a Lars Wiker 63-yard pass to Brandon Wagner that cut NK’s lead to 14-7.

“We got better today,” Sequim head coach Erik Wiker said.

“I’m proud of some of the veterans who played hard. They came out in the second half and made adjustments.”

The Vikings scored on six of nine possessions — two ended in halves, and the other by punt — and added a score on a fumble. NK faced just four third-down situations and converted two-thirds (10 of 15) of their second downs.

Wiker said he was impressed with the leadership of Kobe Applegate, a former starting quarterback who shifted to wide receiver this season, Applegate had three catches for 39 yards and shared kick return responsibilities.

“He’s embraced that (role) … and made us a lot better,” Wiker said of Applegate.

Lars Wiker finished 10-of-22 for 150 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Sam Fitzgerald led the Wolves with 88 yards on 11 carries, and Aiden Gockerell added 34 rushing yards.

Bower was 14-of-21 for 229 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Sequim’s roster was depleted Friday with eligibility issues, with about a dozen players in reserve on the sidelines.

Wiker said overall program numbers should improve by next year with a full offseason — including spring practices and summer camp — that will help offset the impact of COVID.

Coming up

Sequim hosts North Mason on Oct. 15.

The Wolves finish the regular season with back-to-back away games, playing at Kingston on Oct. 22 and at Olympic on Oct. 29.

Oct. 8

North Kitsap 49,

at Sequim 7

Scoring

First quarter

NK — Sloman 10 run (Deluna kick), 9:46

NK — Lawler 10 pass from Boer (Deluna kick), 2:40

S — Wagner 63 pass from Wiker (Wagner kick), 0:32

Second quarter

NK — Bower 10 run (Deluna kick), 10:26

NK — Bower 5 run (Deluna kick), 5:41

Third quarter

NK — Walsh 20 pass from Bower (Deluna kick), 9:34

NK — Vikings fumble recovery for TD (Deluna kick), 8:01

NK — Sloman 14 pass from Bower (Deluna kick), 0:45

Individual stats

Rushing — Seq: Fitzgerald 11-88; Gockerell 8-34; Applegate 1-6; N/A 2-2; Wiker 7-0. NK: Walsh 6-68; Harris 6-49; Bower 6-46, 2 TDs; Pahrmann 2-45; Lawler 1-10; Sloman 1-10, TD; Randle 2-8; Pickard 1-7

Passing — Seq: Wiker 10-22, 150 yards, TD, Int; NK: Bower 14-21, 229 yards, 3 TDs; Pahrmann 0-1

Receiving — Seq: Wagner 2-68, TD; Applegate 3-39; Jennings 2-14; Moore 1-15; Fitzgerald 1-14; NA 1-0

Team stats

Total yards — Seq 280 (150 passing, 130 rushing); NK 472 (243 rushing, 229 passing)

Third down — Seq 4-10; NK 2-4

Fourth down — Seq 0-2; NK 1-1

First downs — Seq 15; NK 18

Penalties — Seq 5-47; NK 6-65

Sequim’s Aiden Gockerell breaks up a pass intended for North Kitsap’s Kaden Pickard in the first half of the Wolves’ 49-7 loss to NK Friday night. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Aiden Gockerell breaks up a pass intended for North Kitsap’s Kaden Pickard in the first half of the Wolves’ 49-7 loss to NK Friday night. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim running back Sam Fitzgerald looks for running room in the Wolves’ 49-7 loss to North Kitsap on Oct. 8. Fitzgerald led Sequim with 88 rushing yards.

Sequim running back Sam Fitzgerald looks for running room in the Wolves’ 49-7 loss to North Kitsap on Oct. 8. Fitzgerald led Sequim with 88 rushing yards.

​​Sequim’s Kobe Applegate looks to run after catching a pass from Lars Wiker in the first half of the Wolves’ 49-7 loss to North Kitsap Friday night. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell

​​Sequim’s Kobe Applegate looks to run after catching a pass from Lars Wiker in the first half of the Wolves’ 49-7 loss to North Kitsap Friday night. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell

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