Football: South Kitsap falls in dramatic fashion to rival Gig Harbor

South Kitsap senior Tanner Romo completed 9 of 16 passes for 68 yards against the Tides. - Kenny Gatlin Photo
South Kitsap senior Tanner Romo completed 9 of 16 passes for 68 yards against the Tides.
— image credit: Kenny Gatlin Photo

It is a rivalry that rarely disappoints.

For a fourth consecutive year, South Kitsap’s annual game against Gig Harbor was decided by less than 10 points.

But this time it was the Tides who held the advantage in a 21-14 Narrows League win at Joe Knowles Field.

University of Washington commit Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who promised that his team would respond after last year’s 28-21 setback against South at Roy Anderson Field, won a jump ball against a pair of defenders on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Troy Castle with 5 minutes, 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

“Troy gave me the perfect pass,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I just happened to go up for it ... I caught it and we won. I didn’t want to lose to these guys my senior year.”

It left enough time for the Wolves (1-4 overall, 0-3 league) to respond. South drove down to the Tides’ 13-yard line after a 13-yard run by sophomore running back Adam Gascoyne on third-and-four. But South gained just a couple of yards on three running plays and faced fourth-and-eight.

Then came an illegal-procedure penalty.

“The kids are out there trying to make plays,” South coach D.J. Sigurdson said. “But good teams don’t do that. We’ve got to do better.”

Faced with a fourth-and-13, senior quarterback Tanner Romo threw toward the end zone, but his pass fell off the left hand of tight end Austin Levi Cook.

With just 1:25 remaining, Gig Harbor (4-1, 3-0) was able to run out the clock.

The Wolves played without several starters, including offensive linemen Riki Blas and Shomari Burton, running backs Michael Neiner and Chas Bauman and wide receiver Isaiah Davis, but still managed to arguably play their best game of the year.

“I’m tremendously proud,” Sigurdson said. “I think we finally put one together.”

Sigurdson, who was vying for his 100th career win for a fourth consecutive week, finds his team off to its worst start since it had an identical record in 2004. The Wolves, who likely have to win their final four league games for an opportunity to compete in a state play-in game, head to Bellarmine Prep on Friday. The Lions (5-0, 3-0) defeated Central Kitsap 33-13 on Friday.

South, which produced just five offensive touchdowns in its first four games, drove 70 yards on seven plays to score on its opening possession. Junior running back Dominic Boddie, who estimates that he is 75 percent healthy from a variety of leg injuries, crossed the goal line on an 8-yard carry to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead.

The advantage would be short lived, though.

Gig Harbor used its own nine-play drive on the ensuing possession that culminated with a 1-yard run by Jesse Cauble to tie the game at 7 with 3:30 left in the first quarter.

Cauble, who rushed for 130 yards on 16 carries, frequently tormented South’s defense. During the second quarter, he took a carry 47 yards down to the Wolves’ 11-yard line. Two plays later, Cauble scored on a 3-yard run to give the Tides a 14-7 edge with 2:57 left in the first half.

But behind Boddie, who rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, it appeared that South might be able to tie it. He carried the ball three times for 31 yards on the Wolves’ next possession down to the Gig Harbor 49. South then picked up another first down on a pair of completions by Romo, but the Wolves could not earn another and were forced to punt.

Despite the loss, Boddie feels the game should boost the team’s confidence.

“If we play like this in our other games, we should be able to win,” he said. “We played really hard.”

Gig Harbor 21, at South Kitsap 14

Gig Harbor 7 7 0 7 - 21

South Kitsap 7 0 0 7 - 14

First Quarter

SK: Dominic Boddie 8 run (Aaron La Deaux kick), 7:36

GH: Jesse Cauble 1 run (Korey Durkee), 3:30

Second Quarter

GH: Cauble 3 run (Durkee kick), 2:57

Fourth Quarter

SK: Boddie 3 run (La Deaux kick), 9:16

GH: Austin Seferian-Jenkins 25 pass from Troy Castle (Durkee kick), 5:29

Individual statistics

Passing: Troy Castle (GH) 8-12-0-101; Tanner Romo (SK) 9-16-0-68.

Rushing: Jesse Cauble (GH) 16-130; Castle (GH) 13-19; Dominic Boddie (SK) 24-181; Aaron Chester (SK) 6-16; Eddie Meisner (SK) 6-34; Kaleb Nelson (SK) 2-6; Romo (SK) 3-1; Adam Gascoyne (SK) 6-34.

Receiving: Nick Dahl (GH) 1-19; Austin Seferian-Jenkins (GH) 5-53; Kyle Egelhoff (GH) 1-24; Dillon Alexander (GH) 1-5; Michael Powell (SK) 2-31; Chris Hutcherson (SK) 2-17; Meisner (SK) 3-21; Boddie (SK) 1--4; Chester (SK) 1-3.

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