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.
Pushed around by the Bulldog offensive line in a grinding ground game that allowed North Mason first blood with 2:38 in the first quarter, it seemed that Kingston was going to be in for a hard night. Then something happened. The Dogs missed the extra point and Kingston took possession. Five plays later and a two yard push across the goal line by junior running back Paul Johnson (42), a successful extra point by Alex Barrett (5), and Buccaneer fans were finally reminded what success looked like. With the Bucs up 7-6, the Bulldogs wouldn't see the goal line again and Kingston would ratchet up the score for a 17-6 final.
It looks like the Buccaneers were hungry after all, and even in the rain.
Two memorable plays seemed to drive Kingston's momentum to victory. The first was a first quarter act of perseverance and broken tackles by running back Alex Barrett that shattered the Bulldog defense and helped position Kingston for their first touchdown. The second, in the third quarter, was a Max English (13) pass to wide open senior Adam Wright (20) that resulted in a 61 yard touchdown. Toss in the two extra points plus an earlier field goal by Barrett, and you add up the night to a solid, well deserved, 17-6 win that should boost confidence for next week's game. And they'll need the boost.
Now in a four-way Olympic League district tie with North Mason, Sequim and Bremerton, Kingston will face the Knights in Bremerton Memorial Stadium next week for what should be an exciting game. Last season, Kingston handily outplayed Bremerton 31-0 on Buccaneer Field, but Bremerton is also on the rise this season after defeating Port Angeles 23-7 Friday night. Bremerton always has a great home town following so Buccaneer fans could help make the difference. See you at the game.