It was the kind of game football fans crave for, dream of, and sometimes cry over - two well matched teams under the stadium lights battling it out neck and neck, quarter after quarter, until the bitter end. But unfortunately for Bremerton, the bitter end came in the form of an Alex Barrett (5), game winning, 37 yard field goal in double overtime. Putting an end to the Knight's Homecoming hopes, the Kingston Buccaneers nipped the Bremerton Knights at Bremerton Memorial Stadium last Friday, 24-21.Read More
The Kingston Buccaneers were hungry for a win Friday night. With a 0-3 record going in to the season and having earned only 13 points over their first three games, there was a lot to be hungry about during the evening bus drive. But as the game started out under the threat of rain, there was as much a question about whether or not they were really hungry at all.Read More
Three games into the 2015 season, the Kingston Buccaneers found themselves 0-3 Friday night after losing 13-10 against the Sequim Wolves in the Olympic League opener, following a familiar pattern in their quest for a fourth straight appearance in state post season play.Read More
There were a lot of impressions from the Friday night lights in Kingston last week. The school flag was missing from the field. The musket and saber ceremony got cut from pre-game. And then there were those pesky and unmanageable cats. Hoping to rebound from an opening loss against the Chehalis Bearcats last week, the hopeful Buccaneers were simply out-played by Everett's Wildcats from Archbishop Murphy High School. The 38-0 loss was hard. It was physical. It tested the perseverance and character of the Kingston team and its fans. Perhaps the only thing left to say was better said by the great Vince Lombardi, "It's not whether you get knocked down, it whether you get up." Kingston kept getting up.
On the Buc-blog, we give our competitors their just due and the Wildcat's command of the gridiron was masterful, signaled early by holding the Buccaneer to a mere 1:23 possession and forcing a hurried punt by senior Adam Wright (20). A very physical first possession drive by Archbishop Murphy moved quickly downfield taking advantage of Kingston secondary. After overthrowing a right corner end zone pass to wide open Wildcat junior Paul Schireman (82), Archbishop pivoted with an exceptional run to the left using another junior, Anfernee Gurley (14) and outran the Kingston defense for a tight corner post goal. Extra point was good and Kingston fans were looking at a 0-7 scoreboard in under 4 minutes. Repeat the sequence, vary the details, and you have the game in a nutshell. Kingston didn't even get the opportunity for a fast breaking kick return, noting the exceptional accuracy of a team that managed to drop the football precisely in the end zone for a touchback every try.
There were moments of Buccaneer brilliance as always, notably some first half razzle-dazzle by junior running back Paul Johnson (42), who in Q2 was stopped short of an open field end zone run, plus some quick pass plays into the center of a very dense defensive secondary. But if the Bucs think it was hard against the felines, I'm not sure it will be any easier with this Friday's canine battle. The first season conference game will be against the 2-0 Sequim Wolves on Buccaneer Field.
Coming in hot after a back to back wins against Chimacum 43-6 and Coupeville 41-0, the Wolves will be riding confident with momentum. The 0-2 underdog Buccaneers have a history of perseverance and home field advantage. It's clear the coaching staff have a lot of work in preparation, and the boosters bringing out the fan base will be an important part of that effort.
Sadly, I won't be at this particular game due to other work obligations but my heart will be there. After all, another great Lombardi quote... "We didn't lose the game, we just ran out of time." Go Buccaneers.
It's hard not to be optimistic about Buccaneer football but after the long drive to Chehalis last Friday and then first walking on to Bearcat Field, even I felt a sense of trepidation. As I rounded the corner of the stadium, I could barely see the green because of the grey.Read More
As a traditional wrap-up to preseason football activities, Kingston High School hosted a football jamboree Friday night with the Buccaneers looking forward to their first game of the season; a non-conference repeat against the WF West Bearcats in Chehalis, Sept 5.Read More