Published September 06, 2012
Game story: North Thurston shuts out Black Hills, 24-0MEG WOCHNICK; Staff writer
LACEY -- Make no mistake, North Thurston football coach Rocky Patchin knows his team didnt play its best football in spite of posting a shutout Thursday night. Penalties, dropped passes, and sloppiness at times. It took the Rams offense two quarters before getting in a somewhat groove that led to a 24-0 victory nonleague over Black Hills at South Sound Stadium. For a team that put up 36 points in three quarter in its 36-21 season-opening victory over Steilacoom, the Rams running game was silent for most of the first half. It wasnt until Belisarios 49-yard run inside 5 minutes left in the first half that set up a Mo Manning 1-yard touchdown two plays later, which gave the Rams a 10-0 lead at halftime.From there, it was all about time of possession. The Rams (2-0) used the clock to its advantage and although its second touchdown a 10-yard run by Belisario didnt come until 11:50 left in the fourth quarter, they held Black Hills to two possessions in the third. Belisario finished with 116 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Mets completed 5 of 13 passes for 92 yards, and four of the completions went to Tru Hicks all in the second half -- for 75 yards.We shot ourselves in the foot several times in the first half, but were improving each week, Patchin said. Offensivley, we did some positive things in the second half."Despite trailing by 10 at halftime, Black Hills (1-1) was still in the game thanks to its big plays on defense. Through two quarters, it held Belisario and Mo Manning a combined nine runs of 5 yards of fewer.But Black Hills had minus-72 team rushing yards on sacks and three bad snaps. Three bad snaps went over quarterback Miles Smileys head. The final one occurred at its own 20-yard line, as the ball sailed into the end zone for a safety -- and a minus-20-yard loss -- in the final minute of the third quarter that increased North Thurstons lead to 12-0. It couldve easily been 14-10 at halftime, Black Hills coach Jack Zilla said, and the whole nature of the second half changes.