Kamiak shut down by Bishop Blanchet in season opener | Football
Last updated 9/5/2018 at Noon
With a new head coach and a new offensive system run by a former wide receiver, it appeared that Kamiak was headed for a rough night in its season opener.
That’s exactly what happened as Bishop Blanchet defeated the Knights 40-0 in a nonconference football game Friday, Aug. 31, at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle.
“What made it a rough night is our kids are still learning the system,” first-head coach Bryant Thomas said. “It’s a learning process. I told the kids that you’ll see it in week four or week three. They would have understood and known what they are supposed to do. Now they were second-guessing themselves and wondering what they’re supposed to do. We’ll move forward. We’ll get better.”
The Knights stayed with the Braves for most of the first half before some breakdowns allowed Bishop Blanchet to extend its 14-0 lead to 23-0 at halftime.
The Braves blocked a Kamiak punt for a safety and then ran back the subsequent kick to the Knights’ 15. Bishop Blanchet then scored a touchdown to close out the second quarter. The Braves put up two more touchdowns and a field goal in the second half.
“We didn’t help ourselves by allowing them to start inside our 50 on their first two offensive possessions,” Thomas added. “They got the momentum.”
In his first-ever start at quarterback, senior Hunter Bollschweiler ran the offense well.
“He made good decisions when to keep the ball,” Thomas said of the former wide receiver. “He had some good run plays. You’re going to make mistakes when it’s the first time you’re playing quarterback. He’ll get better.”
The Knights relied on freshman running back Nolan Martin, who averaged around 4 yards per carry. Senior running Cameron Osbjornsen also produced solid numbers.
“By the end of the season, they’ll be a nice one-two punch,” Thomas said.
The future looks bright for the offensive line, which at the end of the game featured two freshmen and a sophomore.
“That is a good thing for us. We’ll have growth over the next three years,” Thomas said.
The issues for Kamiak were mental mistakes sacks, missed assignments and penalties.
A successful first down play sometimes was followed with a 5- or 10-yard penalty and led to third and long scenarios that were difficult to convert with Kamiak’s ground game, Thomas said.
Kamiak hosts North Kitsap in another nonconference game at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, at Goddard Stadium.
“We’ve got some kids who can play,” Thomas said. “We’ve got to get them to continue to believe in the system.”