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Peninsula loss gives Wolves division title

"The South Kitsap High School football team's much-anticipated matchup against Peninsula Thursday at 7 p.m. at Joe Knowles Field has moved from the front to the back burner.Going into last Friday's game, the Wolves held a one-game lead on the Peninsula Seahawks.A Peninsula win against Gig Harbor last Saturday would have forced the Wolves to win the Narrows League Bridge Divison outright.But SK (6-0 NL, 6-1 overall) won the Bridge Division by virtue of its 35-22 win over North Kitsap and Gig Harbor's upending of Peninsula 38-35.We were kind of looking forward to a final game for the league championship, SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said.But Sigurdson said his team will come out on all cylinders Thursday night.We never want to say it doesn't mean anything, he said. They'll be fired up.Peninsula (4-2, 5-2) knows it needs a win against SK because it is in a dogfight with Central Kitsap and North Kitsap.Gig Harbor can clinch second place with a win against Bremerton. A Peninsula loss to SK and anticipated wins by CK and NK would put three teams in the third and final spot for a chance to advance to the state tournament.But if Peninsula beats SK, it would clinch third place outright.Sigurdson said SK will treat its game against Peninsula like any other game.The Wolves will need to stop the one-two senior punch of running back Collin Pederson and wide receiver Jermaine Walker.Pederson rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries against Gig Harbor.Pederson is a lot like (Neil) Krech (of NK), as far as style, Sigurdson said. Very seldom does he lose yards.Walker is an all-purpose player and considered the best athlete in the Narrows League.The wide receiver also returns punts and kickoffs. Against Gig Harbor he caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.Walker is very, very athletic, Sigurdson said. I'm confident our kids will step up to the task.SK has weapons of its own.Junior running back Ryan Cole set single-game SK rushing record with 365 yards and five touchdowns on Homecoming night against NK Friday night at Joe Knowles Field.He now has 1,402 yards on the ground and 23 touchdowns.Gary Snyder has been instrumental on defense as well.The junior cornerback/safety is averaging more than one interception per game.He intercepted a career-high three North Kitsap passes Friday.FOOTBALLNARROWS LEAGUEBridge Division standingsLeague and overall won-lost records, through games of Oct. 21:South Kitsap 6-0 6-1Gig Harbor 4-2 5-2Peninsula 4-2 5-2Central Kitsap 3-3 3-4North Kitsap 3-3 4-3Olympic 2-4 2-5Port Angeles 2-4 2-5Bremerton 0-6 0-7 "

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