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Football: Wolves rebound to beat Shelton
South Kitsap junior Bryce Broome had a performance that might have even impressed several of the school’s alumni who played in the NFL.
Broome not only culminated a five-play drive with a 14-yard touchdown reception — his first for the Wolves — from senior quarterback Eddie Meisner to open the game, but he also intercepted a pair of passes to help South to a 38-7 Class 4A Narrows League win Friday against Shelton at Joe Knowles Field.
“It was a great feeling when it happened,” Broome said. “It didn’t really hit me, but when I got to the sideline it felt really good.”
Perhaps the only debate for him was whether the interceptions or the touchdown was more significant.
But it was not difficult for him to reach a conclusion.
“I enjoyed the interceptions more,” Broome said. “I think it’s harder to get big plays on defense.”
He actually could have finished with three interceptions, but one late in the first half was negated by pass interference.
“It would’ve been nice to see three, but two’s good enough,” Broome said.
A week after surrendering 462 yards of total offense in a 30-6 loss at Olympia, the Wolves allowed 224 hashes against the Highclimbers.
“It was a shutdown defense,” Broome said.
No one would argue that the competition is similar. After all, Olympia is ranked in the top 10 of every major 4A poll, while Shelton was outscored 122-21 in its two losses entering the game. Nevertheless, coach D.J. Sigurdson was happy with his team’s defensive performance.
“(Shelton) has a lot of yards and has scored points even though their record is heavier in the loss column,” he said. “It was nice to see us tackle a little better and play a little better on defense.”
South’s offense needed a little more time to develop a rhythm. The Wolves (3-1 overall, 1-1 league) would have lost a fumble on their second possession if it was not negated by a personal foul. But South turned the ball over three plays later on a fumble.
“We just need to concentrate on fundamentals,” Sigurdson said. “We need to make sure we’re hanging onto the ball.”
His first interception of Shelton quarterback Jared Welander gave the Wolves possession at the Highclimbers’ 49-yard line. Five plays later, Meisner found junior wide receiver Devon Newquist for a 21-yard touchdown.
South extended its lead to 28-0 at halftime. Junior Kevin Whatley, who replaced Meisner for a second-quarter series, connected with wide receiver Aaron La Deaux for the Wolves’ third passing touchdown of the first half.
Just do not dub him “Air Sigurdson” yet.
“They gave us that,” Sigurdson said. “We had to take advantage of what they’re giving us.”
South then took advantage of a roughing-the-kicker penalty, which occurred when La Deaux barely got off a punt after an errant snap sent the ball over his head. That infraction gave the Wolves a first down and they took advantage of it when Meisner threw a 3-yard pass to La Deaux, who pitched the ball to Dominic Boddie. The senior, who had 175 yards on 10 carries, went untouched for the remaining 65 yards.
The Highclimbers (1-3, 0-2) avoided the shutout on the opening drive of the second half. After Ralph Kinne took a 28-yard run down to South’s 25, quarterback Nic Gove kept the ball on an option play and scrambled for a touchdown.
The Wolves added 10 more points in the period on a 23-yard La Deaux field goal and 8-yard touchdown run by senior running back Chas Bauman before mostly playing reserves during the fourth quarter.
South next plays at 7 p.m. Friday against Gig Harbor (2-2, 1-1) at Roy Anderson Field. The rivalry game already could feature playoff implications as only the top four teams in 4A Narrows advance to the state play-in game. Two of those spots almost certainly will be claimed by Bellarmine Prep and Olympia, both of which are undefeated.
But first, Broome said it was important to recover from the loss against Olympia.
“Morally it was great because we needed this game to bring us back up,” he said. “Bring us back to life.”
SK—Bryce Broome 14 pass from Eddie Meinser (Aaron La Deaux kick)
SK—Devon Newquist 21 pass from Meinser (La Deaux kick)
SK—La Deaux 14 pass from Kevin Whatley (La Deaux kick)
SK—Dominic Boddie 65 lateral from La Deaux (La Deaux kick)
S—Nic Gove 25 run (Shelby Salisbury kick)
SK—La Deaux 23 FG
SK—Bauman 8 run (La Deaux kick)
Passing—Jared Welander (S) 10-25-2-79; Eddie Meisner (SK) 7-14-0-86; Kevin Whatley (SK) 4-6-0-63.
Rushing—Ralph Kinne (S) 16-104; Welander (S) 1-6; Nic Gove (S) 2-30; James Sayward (S) 1--14; Thomas Lanphear (S) 2-19; Dominic Boddie (SK) 10-175; Kaleb Nelson (SK) 1-3; Adam Gascoyne (SK) 10-106; Chas Bauman (SK) 10-27; Meisner (SK) 2--22; Bryce Broome (SK) 2-38; Hajen Gwyn (SK) 3-5; Chris Willett (SK) 5-18; Anthony Williams (SK) 3-30; Michael Gundrum (SK) 3-0.
Receiving—David Ajamu (S) 2-27; Dylan Hesler (S) 1-14; Jesse Danford (S) 2-4; Jacob Sims (S) 1--3; Thomas Gettle (S) 1-6; Michael Sobotka (S) 2-30; Kinne (S) 1-1; Chase Lopez (SK) 1-21; Broome (SK) 1-14; Devon Newquist (SK) 2-38; Nelson (SK) 3-31; Aaron La Deaux (SK) 2-27; Eric Burk (SK) 1-11; Anthony Lombardi (SK) 1-17.