Brandon Belisario was reduced to a spectator during North Thurston's playoff run last year. The Rams starting running back was transformed...
Brandon Belisario was reduced to a spectator during North Thurston’s playoff run last year.
The Rams starting running back was transformed into a cheerleader on crutches, the result of a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during the regular season.
Healthy and stronger than ever, the senior spearheaded a powerful ground attack, rushing for 103 yards and Ryan Mets tossed three first-half touchdown passes as North Thurston opened postseason play by hammering visiting Rainier Beach 40-0 in a district clash Saturday at South Sound Stadium in Lacey.
“These are the games you work so hard for,” Belisario said. “It felt amazing being out there. Everyone was blocking. Everyone was out there laying the wood down. I’m not sure we’ve played as well as we played tonight this year.”
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The victory improves the Rams to 8-2 on the season and advances them to the Class 3A state tournament.
Rainier Beach, the fourth-place team from the Metro League, finishes its season at 5-5.
North Thurston dominated the first half, outgaining the Vikings 278 yards to 93 and picking off Rainier Beach quarterback Robert Calloway twice en route to a 33-0 lead at the intermission.