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Originally published Friday, September 8, 2006 at 12:00 AM

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Prep Football | Puyallup drops Kentwood

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Then again, the seventh-ranked Kentwood football team isn't ashamed of Thursday night's 20-7 loss to No...

Seattle Times staff reporter

KENT — Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

Then again, the seventh-ranked Kentwood football team isn't ashamed of Thursday night's 20-7 loss to No. 6 Puyallup.

Considering the Conquerors' youth and inexperience, coach Rex Norris had no complaints as he walked off French Field with a 1-1 record.

"Where we are at this point of the season, with the youth that we have, we're pretty proud of that," he said. "Of course you want to win, but you've got to take a look at the bright side of the game."

It was a game Kentwood led 7-0 early in the second half. A game tied 7-7 inside a minute to play in the third quarter.

A game Puyallup (2-0) took control of the rest of the way, dominating the line of scrimmage. Kentwood played three sophomores on the offensive line, and it showed in the fourth quarter.

"They just decided they were going to get in behind their big players and push on our younger guys, and you saw that," Norris said.

He was specifically referring to the 57-yard run David Williams broke to put away the game with 3:52 left. Williams, a 6-foot, 188-pound junior, tore through the middle of the Kentwood defense and slipped through a handful of tackles, giving the Vikings a 20-7 lead.

On a night when Kentwood's Demetrius Bronson and Puyallup's Aaron Brown were expected to star, Williams and teammate James Shafer stole the spotlight. Bronson, a junior considered one of the top running backs in the state, was held to 60 yards on 16 carries, less than half his total last week when the Conquerors beat South Kitsap in overtime.

In all, Kentwood managed just 111 yards of total offense to Puyallup's 204.

Brown, a senior transfer from Emerald Ridge in Puyallup who missed last season after knee surgery, was forced to the sideline in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

Shafer was the second-half workhorse with 58 yards on 13 carries, scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 17-yard run with 29 seconds to play in the third quarter.


Bronson missed the blocking of senior fullback Kolten Sisson, who had to sit out after being ejected the week before. Bronson scored Kentwood's only touchdown on a nifty, 5-yard cutback early in the second quarter, giving the Conquerors a 7-0 lead.

But the Vikings had his number most of the night.

"He's an outstanding player and outstanding defenses have to stop outstanding players," said Tom Ingles, in his third year as Puyallup's head coach after 14 seasons as Kentwood.

The victory gave Puyallup a measure of revenge for a loss to Kentwood in the 2004 state playoffs. But both coaches downplayed that aspect and talked about the importance of just getting better as they prepared for next week's league openers.

"We have the talent to be a good football team," Norris said. "It's just gaining the maturity we need to handle a pressure game, a game that's not going to be won until the end of the fourth quarter."

Other games

Spanaway Lake 46, Jefferson 18

At Federal Way Stadium, the Sentinels used a 20-point third quarter to pull away from the Raiders in a nonleague game.

Spanaway Lake (1-1) had two touchdown runs from quarterback Alex Dinsmore and one from Eddie Brazier in the third, turning a 14-12 halftime lead into a 34-18 advantage.

Dinsmore finished with three rushing touchdowns and 130 yards passing, and John Frackenpohl had 95 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries for the Sentinels. Brazier finished with 95 yards on nine carries.

Tanuj Soni had two receiving touchdowns for Jefferson (0-2), catching seven passes for 142 yards.

Woodinville 31, Ballard 6

At Pop Keeney Stadium, quarterback Peter Roberts completed 10 of 18 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons beat the Beavers in a KingCo 4A game.

Roberts had scoring strikes of 16 and 59 yards to Steve Low — the senior's only two catches — in the first half and an 82-yarder to Brent Sorensen in the third quarter.

Ryan Bennett had a 65-yard run to finish Woodinville's scoring.

Woodinville (2-0 overall, 2-0 league) linebacker Henry Hippely had 9 ½ tackles, including four for loss.

Joey Bolinger had a 6-yard touchdown run for Ballard (1-1, 1-1).

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