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Capital scores early, often, almost at will

OLYMPIA - Even their defense scored.

The Capital Cougars could do little wrong in a 73-14 blowout win Saturday against an outplayed, outmanned and outscored North Kitsap team.

Capital, with Tyler Sundberg scoring four first-half touchdowns, led 59-0 at halftime.

“We came out and took care of business,” Capital coach J.D. Johnson said. “We told our kids we had to get ready for the next couple of weeks.”

It was payback for the Cougars. North Kitsap defeated Capital last year, 24-7. But it was all Capital this time around as the Cougars’ offense was in high gear.

Sundberg, Capital’s shifty junior running back, scored five touchdowns, catching one TD pass and rushing for four scores.

Six games into the season, Sundberg has 23 rushing touchdowns, breaking the school’s single-season record held by Charlie Kentwood. Kentwood rushed for 22 touchdowns in 1996.

“Tyler is tough to stop,” Johnson said. “He gets the job done.”

But it wasn’t all Sundberg. Capital’s Alex Everson, a 5-foot-7 junior quarterback who replaced Kellen Camus as the starter, tossed four touchdown passes in the first half. Everson threw for touchdowns of 23, 37, 6 and 30 yards.

“We don’t want to be one-dimensional,” Johnson said. “Alex threw the ball well.”

Capital scored on its first five possessions, averaging 13.2 yards per play in the process.

The Cougars’ first five drives went 65 yards in six plays, 45 yards in two plays, 77 yards in three plays, 48 yards in four plays and 43 yards in six plays.

Capital scored on passes, scored on runs and even scored on botched punt snaps.

North Kitsap had two long snaps sail over the punter’s head, resulting in two safeties for Capital.

Sundberg accounted for 60 of the Cougars’ 65 yards on their opening drive. On third-and-8 from North Kitsap’s 23-yard line, Everson scrambled out of trouble and lofted a short pass to Sundberg, who raced 23 yards untouched for a 7-0 lead.

By halftime, Sundberg already had 154 yards rushing on 13 carries, an average of 11.5 yards per carry.

Capital went ahead 14-0 on Everson’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Jourdan Weiks early in the first quarter.

On a second-and-2 play, Weiks slipped behind a defender, and Everson lofted a rainbow pass, which the junior wide receiver caught in full stride.

Sundberg broke loose for a 76-yard scamper, running out of the grasp of a defender at the 10 and diving into the end zone for a 23-0 lead.

On Capital’s next possession, Doug Murray scored on a 1-run run, capping a four-play, 48-yard drive.

The Cougars led 30-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Everson made North Kitsap’s pay for stacking its defense to stop Sundberg. Of Everson’s first six completions, four went for touchdowns.

Midway through the second quarter, Everson, who got great protection all night, found Jason Syverson open over the middle for a 30-yard touchdown pass and a 45-0 lead. Syverson, a 6-3 senior tight end, caught the pass 10 yards downfield and raced untouched into the end zone.

After losing to O’Dea and Olympia in its first two games, Capital has won four in a row. The Cougars have scored 210 points in their past four games.

North Kitsap, coming off a 41-13 loss to North Thurston, dropped to 2-4.

Capital next plays at undefeated Timberline on Friday in a showdown for first place in the Class 3A Olympic Western League. Timberline beat North Kitsap this season, 52-6.

Gail Wood: 360-754-5473

gwood@theolympian.com

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