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Vengeful Vikings hoping to spoil SK Homecoming

"Motivation comes easily to the South Kitsap High School football team. But players say defending their home turf on Homecoming will give the Wolves added incentive to beat the visiting North Kitsap Vikings Friday at 7 p.m in a Narrows League Bridge Division matchup.SK (5-0 in the Narrows League, 5-1 overall) is riding a five-game winning streak, and NK (3-2, 4-2) has reeled off two straight wins.Returning NK players have motivation of their own.It was only a year ago the Wolves spoiled the Vikings Homecoming with a 41-7 drubbing.Both teams entered that game with undefeated records and later advanced to the state playoffs.SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said he knows the Vikings will play the revenge card. Sure, absolutely they'll be hungry, Sigurdson said. And they've gotten better and better each week.NK may play for revenge, but they are also playing for a playoff spot.The top three teams in the Bridge Division play a league crossover game for a spot in the state playoffs.SK currently stands atop the standings, with the Peninsula Seahawks trailing by a game with two games remaining.NK is tied with Gig Harbor for the third and final spot. But if NK pulled off an upset against the Wolves, that would cloud the playoff picture.If Peninsula defeats Gig Harbor and SK losses Friday, those two teams would battle with first place on the line when they meet for the final Bridge Division game of the season Oct. 27.SK junior running back Ryan Cole said the Wolves know what needs to be done.We expect them (Vikings) to come after us, Cole said. We're going to do what we've said before. We will play South Kitsap football all 48 minutes. If we do that we should be solid and walk off with success.If SK wants success, its defensive line and linebacking corps will have to put up a wall against the NK running game.In their 37-23 win against Bremerton last week, CK running backs Chris Allsop and Neil Krech carried the ball 63 times for 324 yards. Allsop carried the bulk of the load with 45 carries for 225 yards.NK won't throw the ball as much as it did last year under the leadership of quarterback Clary Carlson and tight end David Camus.But quarterback Mike Holm will be called upon to keep the SK secondary honest.The Wolves have proven equally powerful in the running game, with Cole leading the way with 1,064 yards.Senior Mat Morey has proven his value as the backup running back.But Sigurdson has also shown a glimpse of the future in sophomore running back Victor Valle, who has taken advantage of his touches late in games.Against Olympic he rushed for 102 yards in 12 attempts.Also making strides is junior back-up quarterback Travis Vetters.If starting quarterback Anthony Fein were to go down to injury, Vetters said he will be ready to step in and lead the Wolves.I'm getting a lot of reps in practice so I'm starting to feel more comfortable in there, Vetters said. In the beginning of the year I felt a lot of pressure, but now I'm a lot more relaxed.FOOTBALLNARROWS LEAGUEBridge Division standingsLeague and overall won-lost records, through games of Oct. 6:South Kitsap 5-0 5-1Peninsula 4-1 5-1Central Kitsap 2-3 2-4Gig Harbor 3-2 4-2North Kitsap 3-2 4-2Olympic 2-3 2-4Port Angeles 1-4 1-5Bremerton 0-5 0-6 "

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