Kentlake overpowers Kentridge, 30-14
Led by transfer Nuu Vaifale's 102 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries, a vastly improved Kentlake squad pounded Kentridge.
Special to The Seattle Times
KENT — The Kentridge Chargers weren't quite sure what hit them. It sure wasn't the same Kentlake football team they faced a year ago.
Led by transfer Nuu Vaifale's 102 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, a vastly improved Kentlake squad pounded Kentridge 30-14 in Friday's SPSL North Division game at French Field.
The retooled Falcons (2-0 overall and league), using a quick offensive tempo, continued to do damage despite missing injured starting quarterback Caleb Saulo most of the second half. The Chargers fell to 0-2, thanks to seven turnovers and the quick-strike Falcons.
"I would say, but I don't want to make anything too big out of a win or a loss, that sort of changes the balance of powers in this league," said Kentlake first-year coach Chris Paulson, whose team built a 30-0 lead before allowing two scores in the final 8 minutes, 32 seconds.
"I'm so excited for our kids to get a win like this. That Kentridge team is tough. These kids bought into everything we were selling in the offseason. We had 70 kids in the weight room every single day. We go at a tempo and a pace, we push those kids hard."
The Falcons, 4-6 in 2009, knocked the Chargers on their heels early and didn't relent, taking a 24-0 lead into halftime. Kentridge turned the ball over six times before intermission and Kentlake cashed in on miscues for all four scores.
"I think these kids were close," Paulson said of the improvement from last year. "These kids were just hungry. I think a bit different direction was all they needed."
It didn't hurt that three key transfers came from Mount Rainier after playing for Paulson there last season — Nuu Vaifale, Stephon Vaifale and Saulo.
Nuu Vaifale hauled in an 8-yard TD grab just 27.5 seconds before halftime from backup quarterback Breton Medina, who came in for injured starter Saulo late in the first half.
Nuu Vaifale's 11-yard TD run 5:30 before halftime had pushed the lead to 18-0 after Zac Cowan's fumble recovery at the Kentridge 29.
"Everything has changed here this year," said Vaifale. "We were just trying to prove to everyone that we are not the weakest team in the league, and that we can do it."
Kentlake finished with 410 total yards to the Chargers' 149.
"They played hard and took advantage of our mistakes," said Kentridge coach Marty Osborn.