SK struggles in loss to CK

In a twist of irony, the errors that plagued the Central Kitsap High School football team in its two losses rubbed off onto the South Kitsap Wolves Friday in a 21-13 loss.

CK couldn’t rid itself of the turnover bug in early season losses to Gig Harbor and Port Angeles, but the shoe was on the other foot in its win against SK.

The Cougars took advantage of three SK turnovers.

Two of CK’s touchdowns came on drives that started after a pair of interceptions from SK’s Travis Vetters.

Vetters struggled, going 1 of 9 for 21 yards and three interceptions.

SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said the Wolves were simply out-worked in all facets of the game.

SK could not sustain a drive of more than five plays the whole game.

Compared to SK’s 35 plays, CK’s offense mounted 73 plays.

In the process, SK’s Chris Krueger and Sean Banks suffered injuries late in the game and their status for Friday’s home game against Olympic was unknown at press time.

Sigurdson said there’s no other way to explain SK’s debacle except for CK’s dominance.

“They controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” Sigurdson said. “They made plays again and again and in critical situations.”

On other side of the ball, SK squandered scoring opportunities with turnovers.

On SK’s second drive of the game, it moved from its own 20 to CK’s 25-yard line.

SK running back Ryan Cole — who finished with 183 yards rushing on 16 carries — highlighted the drive with a 50-yard burst.

But Vetters squashed the drive with an interception at the one-yard line.

CK took advantage of the turnover and scored 16 plays and seven minutes later on a Jake Higgs quarterback keeper.

On SK’s next possession Vetters threw his second interception, which led to CK’s second touchdown of the game — a T.J. Driver 53-yard touchdown run.

SK went four downs and out on its next possession but got a big break when it recovered a fumble on the punt return.

Cole ran 27 yards untouched on the first play of the drive to pull SK within seven points.

CK opened the third quarter with a drive to SK’s 20-yard line before Vetters intercepted a pass.

Again, SK took advantage of the turnover and scored three plays later on a Cole 63-yard touchdown run. The point-after-attempt was no good, allowing CK to hold on to a 14-13 lead.

The Cougars came roaring back on their next drive.

They drove 58 yards on nine plays before a wide open Mike Malala caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Higgs with under three minutes remaining in the third quarter.

CK coach Mark Keel said stopping Cole was the main objective of his defense

“Anytime you play South Kitsap your number one goal has to be stop number 34 (Cole),” Keel said.

Though Cole still managed 183 yards on 16 carries, 161 of those yards came on four carries.

In the other 12 carries, CK’s defense limited Cole to 22 yards.

“We knew if we plugged the gaps and made them run laterally we’d have a good chance because once Cole gets going forward he’s hard to stop, as you saw from his big runs.”

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