Wolves crush Cougars 41-20

"The South Kitsap High School football team overcame a sluggish start against Central Kitsap before running away with a 41-20 victory Friday night at Joe Knowles Field.Knotted at 13-13 midway through the second quarter the Wolves reeled off the next 28 points before the start of the fourth quarter.A one-yard touchdown run from CK quarterback Dylan Robbins late in the fourth quarter made the score more respectable but the Wolves outplayed the Cougars the final three quarters.The win boosts SK's record to 4-0 in the Narrows League Bridge Division, 4-1 overall.CK falls to 2-2 in the division, 2-3 overall.SK junior running back Ryan Cole rushed for 236 yards on 15 carries, including three touchdown runs of 75,12, and 80 yards.He now has 888 yards rushing on the season heading into Thursday night's game at Olympic in Silverdale Stadium at 7 p.m.SK senior quarterback Anthony Fein enjoyed the best passing game of his SK career, completing three of six passes for 103 yards, a touchdown and one interception.R.J. Lange caught two passes for 55 yards.Senior Josh Chilton caught a 58-yard touchdown pass on a quick slant in the first quarter to give SK a 13-6 lead, but CK countered on a Mike Kluge one-yard touchdown run.CK was led by senior running back Eric Roy, who pounded through the SK defense for a touchdown and 150 yards on 25 carries.Kluge was CK's second-leading rusher, with 57 yards.It was on the ensuing kickoff early in the second quarter the Wolves would sustain what turned out to be the most important drive of the game.Starting at their own 20-yard line SK managed a 10-play drive, culminated by a Mat Morey seven-yard touchdown run on a fourth down and inches play.The Wolves had an opportunity to add to their lead late in the second half after a CK turnover, but Fein's interception gave the ball back to CK with just over a minute to play. CK was unable to produce a drive and was forced to punt with just over a minute remaining.It was Gary Snyder's first punt return of the game but he made it a memorable one for the SK squad.Catching the ball at midfield, Snyder raced down the left side untouched.He then switched gears and cut across the field and went the direction of his blockers to score a touchdown and give SK a 27-13 lead going into halftime.The Wolves iced the game on the team's first possession of the third quarter.Cole and senior fullback Shane Starkweather rushed for 65 yards. Cole capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run.Cole poured salt into the Cougars wounds late in the third quarter when he ran over tacklers up the middle en route to his 80-yard touchdown run, and gave SK a commanding 41-13 lead.SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said he was pleased with the improvement with his defense as the game wore on.After Roy and Kluge burned the defense early, SK bounced back and started to get a feel for CK's deceptive offense.I think the kids just kind of adjusted, Sigurdson said. They got a little better at trusting their keys. We slid the tackles over a little bit but that was it. The kids just played better.Lange said it just took some time before the defense started to get in a groove.It took a while to get us warmed up and settled in and get used to their offense, Lange said. But after we used to them we got them. "

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