The Shelton football team dropped its season opener Tuesday, falling to Bainbridge 39 to 18. The Highclimbers weren’t able to overcome six turnovers (4 interceptions and 2 fumbles) and nearly 100 yards in penalties in Mark Smith’s debut as Shelton football coach.
The Spartans got on the board in the second quarter on a 26-yard pass from Gabe Todd to Jack Mielke and took a 7-0 lead into the half. Bainbridge extended that lead in the third with a pair of touchdown catches and a TD run by Austin Coupland, putting the Spartans up 25 to 0.
The ‘Climbers scored late in the third when Gavin Gould punched it in from three-yards out – the first of his three TDs.
Early in the fourth, Bainbridge’s PJ Miller answered with a four-yard run before Gould scored his other touchdowns – taking advantage of Spartan turnovers – and cutting the Bainbridge lead to 32 to 18.
Late in the fourth, Matt LeDorze ended Shelton’s chance with a pick-six and the Spartans earned their first win in the expanded Olympic League overcoming five turnovers in the second half and 105 yards of penalties in the game.
Bainbridge travels to Sequim Saturday while the Highclimbers host Kingston Saturday night on MasonWebTV Powered by HCC.