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Wolves pummel Seahawks on senior night

"Every win means something to South Kitsap High School football players.But for the 20 seniors playing their last regular season home game, the 34-7 win against Peninsula was monumental.When the underclassmen formed a pre-game tunnel for the seniors to run through, senior lineman Jeff Rio couldn't hold back the emotions.I was okay until the runway, Rio said. Then you start losing it. Little tears come out. It's emotional but fun. I'll remember it for the rest of my life.What may make this game so memorable is the total domination from the SK offense and defense.Peninsula's one-two punch of running back Collin Pederson and wide receiver Jermaine Walker were held in check.Walker finished with 55 yards receiving and a touchdown and Pederson had just 16 yards rushing.I was happy with the way our defense played, especially early on because this team ran for 250 yards last week and we had struggled against tough hard running backs. SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said. The defense stepped it up.Most teams have not thrown against the Wolves, but the Seahawks tried, and the fans got a taste of what an SK pass rush looks like.Mat Morey, R.J. Lange, Phil Estevez, and Rio each recorded sacks, and freshman Chris Anderson had an interception on Peninsula's final offensive play of the game.Thus far, SK opponents are averaging only 11 points per game, while the offense is averaging 34 points per game.The only liability the Wolves have shown this year is the propensity of committing penalties.SK was flagged 11 times for 90 yards against Peninsula.Rio said the team knows they won't be able to get away with penalties during the playoffs.In the playoffs we can't make those kind of mistakes, Rio said. A couple of those are really going to hurt us. They're drive killers.Sigurdson said the penalties were inexcusable.Oh man that's ridiculous, he said. We can't continue to make mistakes in critical situations.SK had three touchdowns called back on penalties. Most of the penalties were called on the SK offense, which is better than giving the opponent's offense free yards.Despite the offense's penalty pitfalls, SK continued to grind it out on the ground.After rushing for 365 yards and five touchdowns last week against North Kitsap, junior running back Ryan Cole followed up his performance with 232 yards rushing and five touchdowns.He now has 1,634 yards and 28 touchdowns for the season.Senior quarterback Anthony Fein scampered for 31 yards, and Shane Starkweather added 19 yards.The Wolves, the No.1 team out of the Narrows League Bridge Division, will play host to the Capital Cougars, No.3 of the Bay Division, next Saturday at a time not yet determined.The winner moves on to state while the loser goes home.That's why emotions were high after the win against Peninsula, Sigurdson said.They basically have 48 minutes of football guaranteed right now, Sigurdson said of their game next week. It's a culmination of three or four years, depending on some of the kids coming in the winter of their ninth grade year. They work all summer long, all school year long. They've made a tremendous amount of sacrifices and sacrifices for us. "

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