Kamiak loses  to North Kitsap | Football

By David Pan | Sep 12, 2018

Kamiak understood that its players faced a steep learning curve for the 2018 season.

In addition to a new coach and offensive system, the Knights penciled in a lineup consisting largely of underclassmen

That inexperience coupled with a quality opponent resulted in a difficult 56-0 loss to North Kitsap in a nonconference football game Friday, Sept. 7, at Goddard Stadium.

First-year head coach Bryant Thomas recalled a moment during Friday’s game when he fully realized just how the odds were stacked against the Knights (0-2).

“Looking out on the field, I had seven sophomores, two freshmen and two seniors,” Thomas said. “We’re still very young. Our objective this year is just to have progress week to week and we had some progress.”

The Knights have a better understanding of what they are trying to do with the flexbone option.

“You ask a question and they can give you an answer,” Thomas said. “They know what they are supposed to do. We made some progress there.”

The Vikings (1-0), a periennial 2A state playoff team, was a step up from week one opponent Bishop Blanchet.

“The biggest jump that I saw was our kids continue to compete a higher level against better competition,” Thomas said. “So if we continue to do that every week then we’ll be where we need to be. … The kids are trying to get better. That’s what we’re looking for. The never-quit attitude in the long run will pay off.”

But in the short run, Kamiak’s undersized players face a tall task. The Knights are physically outmatched when they send out 15- and 16-year-old players to go against 17- and 18-year-old players.

“It’s hard for them to focus on their responsibilities when the game is going so fast,” Thomas said. “That comes with time.”

Kamiak hosts district rival Mariner at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at Goddard Stadium.

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