South Kitsap routed in Silverdale

It seems difficult to believe South Kitsap went into halftime with the lead.

The Wolves were dominated in every facet of the game — offense, defense and special teams — as Central Kitsap earned a 49-21 win in nonleague play Friday night at Silverdale Stadium.

South (1-2) led 14-7 at halftime, but a fumble by quarterback Chad Tester was recovered by Central defensive lineman William Morris at the Wolves' 5-yard line. Howie McDonald, who rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries, tied the game on the ensuing play.

The Cougars (3-0) didn't always need great field position to score. With the ball at its own 5 on the ensuing drive, Central still managed to score quickly when quarterback Jason Simonis, who completed 7 of 13 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns, found tight end Caleb Brown, who took a short pass down the left sideline for a 95-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 20-14 lead.

The Wolves still looked like they might win the game late in the third quarter when it drove down the field and South coach D.J. Sigurdson kept his offense on the field on fourth-and-five. The move worked when Tester found Matt Foxworthy on a rollout for a 5-yard touchdown that put South up 21-20.

It was a lead that didn't last long.

On the first play of the next drive, Simonis found Brown open downfield and the 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior ran downfield uncontested for a touchdown. Brown, who holds an offer from the Air Force Academy, finished with 230 yards on five receptions. McDonald ran in the two-point conversion, which gave Central a 28-21 lead with 1 minute, 38 seconds left in the third.

While McDonald added 3- and 26-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter and the Cougars defense scored another on a 40-yard fumble return, South only had two first downs in the final eight minutes.

It doesn't figure to get any easier for the Wolves, who were outgained 447 to 177 by Central, next Friday when the travel to Tacoma for their Narrows League Bridge Division opener against Lincoln.

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