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Graham-Kapowsin runs over South Kitsap in 41-20 win
Marcel Smith rushed for 210 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries to lead Graham-Kapowsin to a 41-20 win Friday night in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs at Art Crate Field in Graham.
Chris Ratteray, listed at 5-foot-10, 260 pounds, also ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries for the Eagles (8-3), who advance to play undefeated Ferris next week at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane.
South (7-4), which allowed the Eagles to produce 455 yards, were eliminated from the state playoffs. This was the Wolves' first state-playoff appearance since 2002.
It appeared the game would turn into a rout when G-K took a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter, but Sean Allison scored on a 3-yard run with 1 minute, 25 seconds left in the half and linebacker Josh Burlingame intercepted a pass two plays later to set up South at the Eagles' 17-yard line. Chad Tester eventually found Devlan Miller for a 19-yard touchdown to cut the Wolves' deficit to 28-20 at halftime.
That's as good as it would get for South.
G-K had nine possessions in the game and scored touchdowns on six of those drives. One ended with an interception and a late drive in the waning moments of the game resulted in a punt. G-K also downed the ball to run out the clock at the end of the game.
With the Wolves' defense unable to stop Smith and Ratteray, their offense only had three possessions in the second half and gained just one first down.