Wolves preparing for Peninsula

"Flavor Flave, a rapper with Public Enemy, once bellowed, “Don’t believe the hype”.South Kitsap High School football coach D.J. Sigurdson has coached his players to play by that rule. The matchup last Friday night in Poulsbo between undefeated teams South Kitsap and North Kitsap was hyped as the biggest game on the West Sound in 20 years.While it generated a lot of attention, members of the SK football team were preparing for NK just like any other opponent. The only difference was they were playing to clinch the Narrows League Bridge Division championship.After the Wolves (6-0) ran away with a 41-7 victory against the Vikings (5-1), the players expressed their excitement for winning the division title but were quick to talk about their next game: The Wolves travel to the “Fishbowl” this Friday to take on the Peninsula Seahawks at 7 p.m Despite the significant win against North Kitsap, senior linebacker Josh Reid said his team approaches each game the same way.“We go all out every time,” Reid said. “It’s the same as every week. Nothing changes. Our most important game is every Friday night.”A loss against Peninsula would have no consequence in SK’s post-season playoff scenario. But no SK player can except losing, no matter how insignificant. “We don’t take anybody lightly and we’ll work our butts off,” Reid said. Adam Seward, a senior defensive back and wide receiver, said he was happy about beating up on NK but was quick to show humility.“Right now is the best feeling in the world,” Seward said after the game. “But we’re going to be working hard so we can have the next best feeling in the world.”Seward was quick to jump on the notion that SK could go into the game against Peninsula complacent.“Football is fun and we know we’re going to have a fun game,” Seward said. “We work too hard not to. We’re going to go to the Fishbowl and try to pound on somebody and get ready for the playoffs.”A pounding is exactly what the Wolves unleashed on the Vikings.Before the game Sigurdson said controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides would be an important factor for the Wolves to be victorious. His prediction proved true as the Wolves dominated the line of scrimmage for the mjority of the game.“We got a good push and the kids played physical,” Sigurdson said. “I thought the offensive line did a great job.”The offensive line opened up gaping holes for Wolves running backs, who rushed for 425 yards.Roger Cooper ran his season rushing total to 1,103 yards after racking up a game-high 172 yards on 26 carries and scoring two touchdowns.Justin McPherson, Brandon Trent and Domonic Rio added to the ground game with a combined 212 yards rushing and three touchdowns.Just when NK thought it had only the SK ground attack to worry about, Sigurdson exposed the Vikings secondary, whose members started to cheat up because they anticipated the run.Up only 21-7 in the fourth quarter, the Wolves recovered a NK fumble on the Vikings’ 38-yard line.In the previous possession the Wolves tried to ram the ball on the ground in the team’s power I-formation. But Sigurdson--who has called a trick play in almost every game this season--called the tight end fly for senior John Sehmel. Sehmel looked over his shoulder and snagged Jimmy Newell’s 38-yard pass for a touchdown. It proved to be the game-clincher as it gave the Wolves a 21-point lead with 10 minutes remaining.SK scored two more touchdowns en route to clinching the team’s 15th division title in the last 17 years."

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