Wolves set to cage Cougars
June 12, 2008 · Updated 1:59 PM
"Preparation is an attribute in which South Kitsap High School football coach D.J. Sigurdson and his players take great pride.No matter who the opponent, No. 10-ranked SK (3-1, 2-0 Narrows League) can never be accused of a lack of preparation.It is easy for a team to get caught up in the history of each team they prepare to face.The Wolves, who host the Central Kitsap Cougars Friday at 7 p.m. in a Narrows League Bridge Division showdown, will face a team that committed seven turnovers in a 33-7 loss to Gig Harbor last week.Gig Harbor got after them, so they'll be ready to go, Sigurdson said.CK coach Mark Keel said his team is aware they can't afford to make mistakes if they want to defeat the Wolves.We just had an off night, Keel said of last week's game. Our guys know what they need to do.One of those goals is to contain the SK running attack of Ryan Cole, Mat Morey and SK quarterback Anthony Fein, Keel said.Keel said Fein's ability to throw the ball will keep his defense honest but admitted they will be prepared more for the run.We believe that they can win if we let them beat us with the pass, Keel said. We're gearing up for the run but we know there's a couple of pass plays they like to run.Containing Fein is another need for CK to do well, Keel said.We need to keep him contained, he said. He makes a lot of things happen.On offense the Wolves will need to concentrate on senior running back Eric Roy.Roy is similar in build and strength to Roger Cooper, SK's talented running back last year.Sigurdson said Roy could be a dangerous weapon for his defense to contain.I don't know that he has the out-and-out raw speed that Roger had, but they're very similar, Sigurdson said. He (Roy) runs the ball inside a little better. He's a little lower and get his shoulder over his toes and gets some tough yards. When he does get in the open field he's gone.Keel said Roy dictates how the game will proceed.He's definitely our centerpiece, Keel said. We try to get him the ball as much as we can. One on one I think he can win that matchup.Another player the Wolves will need to concentrate on is senior wide receiver Dyame Lemming. The Wolves hope Lemming won't have the chance make plays if they can put the pressure on senior quarterback Dylan Robbins - who threw four interceptions last week.If the Wolves plan on making life miserable for Roy, Sigurdson said they will need to tackle better than they did in their 32-6 win against Bremerton.We missed a lot of tackles all night long, Sigurdson said. They (Bremerton) ran hard and we didn't keep our feet too well. Bremerton played hard. They got off the ball well and did a nice job.***SK will also need keep its confidence in check against CK. The Wolves entered the Bremerton game overconfident but were lucky to get away with a win.I thought we were just going to walk over them, but we didn't, Cole said. Bremerton came and stuck us really well. They came out and played hard.Cole rushed for a hard-earned 106 yards on 18 carries and scored four of the team's five touchdowns.Three of SK's touchdowns were set up by three Bremerton fumblesdeep in SK territory.Bremerton had its own weapon on the ground in senior running backLarry Kimmons.Down 19-0 with 11 seconds remaining in the first half, Kimmons, also the team punter and kicker, faked a punt and ran 70 yards for a touchdown.His point-after attempt was blocked but it gave the Knights something to cheer about at halftime.Cole said that play was the slap in the face the Wolves needed - and theyresponded.Bremerton went three plays and out and was forced to punt.SK was unable to produce a first down and also went four and out.Senior punter Josh Chilton boomed a high spiral to the five-yard linewhere Bremerton's Reggie Williams bobbled the ball and SK senior Anthony Edwards was there for the recovery on the one-yard line.Cole punched it in and gave SK a 25-6 lead. The two-point conversionattempt failed.SK put the game out of reach late in the third quarter when Cole scoredon a 19-yard scamper.Senior running back Matt Morey led off the Wolves' scoring with a nifty27-yard touchdown run.SK combined for 185 yards on the ground compared to Bremerton's 182yards rushing.SK senior quarterback Anthony Fein was 3-8 for 75 yards in the air. "