Wolves looking to buck the Rams
June 12, 2008 · Updated 1:59 PM
"42-13 opening-season win against Rogers of Puyallup overshadowed the five turnovers committed by an experienced South Kitsap High School football team last year at Joe Knowles Field.Players and coaches attributed the miscues to first-game jitters.This time around, first-game jitters will probably affect a younger and less experienced Wolves' squad Saturday at 7 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup against an experienced Rogers team seeking to avenge the pounding it endured on SK soil exactly a year earlier.The game was originally scheduled for Friday night but Emerald Ridge High School - a new school on South Hill competing at the 4A level - is opening its season Friday night.Emerald Ridge didn't snag any of the returning starters on Rogers, but the future depth of the Rogers will dwindle because of the proximity of the new school.Leading the way for the Rams is senior quarterback Jeremy Kellogg.Entering his third year as the starting quarterback, Kellogg is one of nine returning starters, while the defense returns eight returning starters.Kellogg, an SPSL MVP his sophomore year, didn't have as big a season his junior year, throwing five touchdowns and eight interceptions.But SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said Kellogg is a player the defense will need to stop to be successful.He'll be the best quarterback we'll see, Sigurdson said. He and (Derek) Milston are the two to watch.Milston, a 6-5, 245-pound junior lineman, started as a sophomore last year and had made his presence felt against the SK offensive linemen.Kellogg's main target will be senior Derek Snell.Snell caught 16 passes and a pair of touchdowns.SK senior quarterback Anthony Fein, who won the starting quarterback job last week, said Rogers' strength will be the offensive and defensive lines, the running game, and Kellogg.They've got big, strong linemen and they're very aggressive, Fein said. They have a very experienced quarterback and they have four tailbacks.Sigurdson said he expects Rogers to run more than last year.Hoping to neutralize Rogers' lines is one of the heaviest lines SK has had in many years.Senior Jeff Rio (6-1, 288 pounds) is the only returning starter on the offensive and defensive line, but he'll have some big help lining up next to him in seniors Phill Galick (5-8, 220 pounds), Jeremy Akers (5-8, 220), Josh Holt (5-8, 190) and junior Matt Buddy Anderson (6-0, 289).Anderson, a transfer student from Portland, Ore., started double days at 300 pounds and third on the depth chart.But he put himself into playing shape and enjoyed an impressive preseason.He currently holds the squat record in the weight room, previously held by Rio.Rio will also play on the defensive line, along with Galick, junior Matt Christenbury (5-10, 210) and defensive end R.J. Lange.Juniors Phil Estevez (5-7, 227) and Chris Krueger (6-2, 247) will also be contributing factors on the front lines.The linebacker situation is currently held by seniors Lowell Bosch (5-11, 180 pounds) and Shane Starkweather (5-10, 209), but Sigurdson said it will be a trial by fire at the linebacker positions. Fein said the Wolves' showed improvement from the team scrimmage to the jamboree last week, and he attributed a lot of that to team chemistry.But he said the first game and the rest of the season will hinder on the success from the inexperienced players.This is going to be a big game for us, Fein said. That sets the tone for the rest of the season. The younger guys are going to have to step up and first- year starters, including myself, are going to have to step up. "