In the season opener, second-ranked Graham-Kapowsin trailed at home in the first half to South Kitsap — and still won handily.
The second game Friday night? It wasn’t so decisive.
But those Eagles, they find a way when they need to. After scoring a late touchdown at the end of regulation, Graham-Kapowsin won its 4A SPSL opener over Curtis, 27-21, in two overtimes at Viking Stadium in University Place.
Fullback Brandon Becker punched in the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard plunge — all after the Vikings missed a 34-yard field goal attempt on their second overtime drive.
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Becker’s game-winning score was the only time the Eagles led in the game.
Running back Micah Smith rushed for 208 yards for the Eagles. His three-yard run with 2 minutes, 39 seconds to go capped a 60-yard drive to tie the game at 21-21.
“We challenged them to find a way to win when we didn’t play our best,” Graham-Kapowsin coach Eric Kurle said. “But we still have to put a complete game together to be one those best teams.”
Curtis jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the second on Tyler Clemensen’s second touchdown pass to Taj Moffett.
“I thought Curtis did a great job — their kids were ready to play,” Kurle said. “We just were not on offensively. We had things open, and didn’t do it.
“In the second half, the defense played well and got some turnovers. Offensively, we just had to go to basic stuff and grind it out.”
At Emerald Ridge 35, Puyallup 28: You could say defensive end Chase McGuire was due for the Jaguars.
Earlier in the game, he had batted down a couple of Nathaniel Holcomb passes. This time in the final seconds, he tipped it to himself and rumbled 56 yards with the game-winning interception return for a touchdown at Sparks Stadium.
Holcomb had just led the Vikings into position for their own game-winning score at the Jaguars 44. He was trying to hit Noah McFadden in the flat before McGuire — who also plays on the basketball team — got his big paws up for the turnover.
No. 5 Sumner 56, at South Kitsap 14: University of Washington commit Connor Wedington and Tre Weed both rushed over 100 yards for the Spartans as Sumner built a 56-8 halftime lead at Kitsap Bank Stadium in Port Orchard.
Weed had touchdown runs of 37 and 7 yards, and at the end of the first quarter, he returned an interception 25 yards for another score.
Wedington finished 121 yards on 10 carries, and Weed added 114 yards on seven attempts.
At Wilson 41, Bremerton 12: For a second consecutive week, quarterback Alex Motonaga threw four touchdown passes, and the Rams’ defense forced six turnovers in a blowout victory at Stadium Bowl.
Wilson blew it open with 21 second-quarter points — with the last score coming on Motonaga’s six-yard touchdown strike to Elijah Jones with eight seconds remaining before halftime.
In that quarter alone, the Rams rolled up 240 of their 405 total yards.
At Lincoln 41, Auburn Mountainview 34 (OT): Tristian Kwon scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a six-yard scamper, and the Abes’ defense stopped the Lions on four consecutive plays to pull out a win at Lincoln Bowl.
Kwon accounted for all 30 yards for the Abes on their overtime drive. He finished the game with 288 rushing yards.
At Bonney Lake 36, Timberline 33: Kaiden Hammond hit Jason Day for the go-ahead touchdown with 27.8 seconds remaining, and the Panthers survived a thriller at Sunset Chev Stadium.
On fourth-and-goal, Hammond connected with Day on a five-yard pass in the back of the end zone.
Bonney Lake grabbed its fourth interception six seconds later to sew it up.
Gig Harbor 43, at Spanaway Lake 7: Martin Brazier rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns, and the Tides got their first win of the season at Art Crate Field in Spanaway.
Kellen Gregory also had 10 catches for Gig Harbor. One of them was a nine-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Baerg in the first quarter.
Mount Tahoma 42, at Charles Wright Academy 0: The Thunderbirds have started 2-0 in a season for the first time since 2011 with a victory in University Place.
Yelm 34, Thomas Jefferson 13: Dakota Hill threw two touchdowns to Kaleb Lunderville and one to Joey Hawks as the Tornados (2-0) knocked off the visiting Raiders (1-1).
Lunderville had 12 catches for 174 yards, hauling in first half touchdown strikes of 15 and 45 yards from Hill.
Brandon Thompson added a 17-yard touchdown run, and Nicholas Blanco scored on a three-yard run for the Tornados.
Jayvon Buckley had a five-yard touchdown run for the Raiders, and Sonny Fuavai scored on a 20-yard fumble return.
North Beach 14, Life Christian 13: Mike McKay hit Anthony Kunitsa for a touchdown with 1:30 remaining, but the Eagles did not complete the two-point conversion.
Life Christian (1-1) coach Jess Nelson set up an empty set and called for McKay to run it into the end zone for the two-point conversion. But McKay was stuffed at the line and North Beach held on for the win.