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SK mauled by Bears in Narrows title game
The good news is South Kitsap High School's football season isn't quite over. The bad news is when it continues next week in the Class 4A state preliminary round, the Wolves will be the No. 2 seed from the Narrows League rather than No. 1 by virtue of their 33-14 loss to Olympia in the league championship game Saturday night at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Lakewood.
Trailing just 12-7 at halftime, SK saw its five-game winning streak ended as the Bears exploded for 21 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach before the Wolves added an oh-by-the-way touchdown on a three-yard plunge by junior running back Sean Allison with just under three minutes remaining to play.
"We saw some things we thought we could exploit there in the second half," said South Kitsap Coach D.J. Sigurdson. "Turns out we couldn't. Every time they needed a big play, they seemed to get it."
The Wolves' chief nemesis was Olympia's 6-6, 200-pound quarterback Kramer Champlin, who never seemed to have any problem finding a receiver running 10 yards beyond the SK defenders.
Following an interception of a Bryan Dorsey pass on the Wolves' first possession of the second half, an illegal procedure penalty and a sack put Champlin in a second-and-25 situation.
No matter, as Champlin hit Kramer Skidmore for 40 yards to give the Bears a first down at SK's 12-yard line.
Two plays later, Casey Sherwood rumbled three yards to put the Bears up 19-7.
Just two minutes later, Champlin hooked up with Brandon McGuire on a 41-yard completion to the SK 1-yard line, from which Sherwood scored on the ensuing play.
Following a three-and-out on the Wolves' next possession, Champlin needed just one play to extend the lead to 33-7 on a 57-yard bomb to Ryan Mathis.
The Bears nearly burned the shell-shocked Wolves a fourth time in the third quarter after Dorsey was picked off again, this time at the South Kitsap 49. Following a 41-yard Dylan Parsons run, the Bears' drive stalled at the SK 6 and Olympia kicker Sam Bingaman missed a 23-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter.
By that time, though, it hardly mattered.
"I have no idea idea how many yards (Champlin) had tonight, but it was a ton -- too many," Sigurdson said. "They just made plays when they had to, and we weren't able to."
With the loss, the Wolves (6-3) will now face Wesco South Division third-seed Kamiak (7-2) next Saturday on the same Mount Tahoma Stadium field in a loser-out contest in hopes of qualifying for their first appearance in the state playoffs since 2002.