Rams roll up Falcons in return to Narrows

N. Thurston 50, Foss 14: Suffocating defense causes six turnovers, scores three touchdowns

Contributing writerSeptember 14, 2012 

It didn’t take North Thurston long to reintroduce itself to the Narrows League.

Playing in the league for the first time in 14 years, the Rams took full advantage of several early Foss turnovers, scoring two defensive touchdowns in the first half, to hammer the visiting Falcons, 50-14, in the Narrows League 3A opener for both squads Thursday at South Sound Stadium.

North Thurston, which was a member of the Narrows League 4A from 1989-98, improved to 3-0 overall.

Mo Manning led the Rams on the ground, rushing for 70 yards on 12 carries and scoring a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

Brandon Belisaro finished with 67 yards on seven carries with a TD, while North Thurston quarterback Ryan Mets completed 8 of 12 passes for 89 yards with Ande Grantham hauling in four passes for 50 yards.

Foss, which finished with six turnovers, turned the ball over on each of its first four possessions, leading to a quick 28-0 deficit.

Two Foss fumbles led to a pair of rushing touchdowns for North Thurston as Belisario ran it in from 12 yards out to open the scoring and Grantham punching it in from 13 yards away for the second TD.

The next two TDs both came from the North Thurston defense.

Tru Hicks wrestled the football away from a Foss running back and returned it 52 yards for a score.

Viiga Pele immediately followed up that touchdown on the next possession by intercepting a Nick Burton pass and taking it 22 yards for the Rams’ fourth TD, pushing North Thurston’s lead to 28-0 with 71/2 minutes to play in the first half.

The Rams had a 28-6 lead at the intermission after the Falcons scored on a 76-yard pass from Burton to Dezmyn Trent midway through the second quarter.

North Thurston finished with three defensive touchdowns, including Grantham’s 12-yard interception return for a score early in the fourth quarter.

The Rams have won four straight against the Falcons and lead the all-time series, 9-4.

North Thurston continues league play next week when it travels to Tacoma to face Jon Kitna’s unbeaten Lincoln squad.

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