Wolves make statement with win

The smoky haze above Joe Knowles Field reappeared just as quickly as it vanished throughout the night.

It was that kind of game for South Kitsap as the celebratory explosives went off often in the Wolves’ 41-7 win Friday against North Kitsap in the “Civil War."

And South (1-1), which lost its first two games in each of the last three seasons, showed no signs of a letdown.

The Wolves opened the game with an onside kick, which was recovered by kicker Drew Klopfstein, and Stephen Tucker gave South a 6-0 lead just five plays later and 39 seconds into the game on a 1-yard run.

“South is a good club and they took full advantage of their scouting report with the onside kick,” North coach Steve Frease said. “The special teams really hurt us.”

The Wolves hardly needed gimmicks to score often against the Vikings, though. South added another touchdown late in the first quarter when quarterback Chad Tester found Devlan Miller for a 46-yard touchdown pass and extended the lead to 20-0 midway through the second quarter on a 76-yard run up the middle by Tucker.

It was another dominant performance for Tucker, who rushed for 173 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. He had 198 yards on 33 carries in the Wolves’ 21-19 loss at Kentwood in the Aug. 30 season opener.

“Last week we rode him pretty hard and he was sore,” Sigurdson said. “It was nice to see him go out and play well.”

Senior offensive lineman Tyler Danison was happy with the running game, which produced 307 yards on 38 carries.

“Stephen ran the ball hard — all of our running backs ran the ball hard,” he said. “Our line blocked superbly.”

The Vikings (0-2) finally scored on a 70-yard drive that spanned 15 plays when Kyle Brose, who had a team-high 65 yards on 19 carries, scored on a 1-yard run to cut their deficit to 19-7 with 56 seconds left in the half.

But any excitement for the Vikings was short-lived.

That’s because Ryan Williams took the kickoff across the field and down the right sideline for an 89-yard touchdown that gave South a 27-7 edge going into halftime.

South, which nearly doubled the Vikings in total yards (380 to 193), substituted players liberally in the second half and reserve running back Sean Allison scored on 8 and 11 yards in the final two quarters to bring the score to its final.

The Wolves now have won 10 of their last 11 meetings against the Vikings in a series that has been played intermittently since the 1970s. With Kingston’s opening, North will move to the 3A Olympic League next season and the series will end for the foreseeable future.

Both teams have nonleague road games at 7 p.m. Friday with the Vikings heading to Yelm and South playing rival Central Kitsap.

“I’m looking for another good rivalry game,” Sigurdson said. “It’s traditionally been a good one and both teams will be amped up for it.”

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