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Winless Vikings next on the schedule

It’s safe to assume the South Kitsap High School football team will take no team lightly after its upset loss to Central Kitsap two weeks ago.

After disposing of Olympic 48-22 Friday, SK (3-1 NL, 4-1 overall) heads to Poulsbo for the Civil War game against winless North Kitsap (0-4, 0-5).

Despite the lopsided records, both schools have become bitter rivals over the last few years.

Fans from both towns always come in droves for this game.

SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said there is no way his team will overlook NK.

“Our focus will be there absolutely,” Sigurdson said. “As soon as our focus goes, it’s not that we get a penalty or lose yardage. It’s a touchdown for the other team and that’s how it goes with this team. We can’t afford to have any mental breakdowns, so we’re working on that. We talked about parity in the league last year and there’s parity this year.”

SK senior tight end Josh Meeker said the team will be focused the remainder of the season, or else will suffer the consequence of a loss.

“We remind ourselves that we can’t take anybody lightly, and to just get ourselves better,” Meeker said.

Meeker said he noticed a big difference in his teammates in the week of practice that followed the CK loss.

“There was more intensity and a determination to get on the field and prove ourselves,” he said.

Though the Vikings have yet to win a game, their 63-30 loss to Bremerton last week was the only blowout of the year.

They are led by junior running back James Smith, who is averaging 120 yards per game.

He rushed for 156 yards against Bremerton and scored a touchdown.

It was only Smith’s second touchdown of the year, though.

Throughout the season the Vikings have been able to sustain long drives, but as soon as they reach the red zone something negative has happened to the offense more often than not.

NK also likes to go to running back Clark Hutchman, who is averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

Quarterback Chad Foster came into the season inexperienced, and has suffered from the interception bug despite his strong arm.

The defense is anchored by linebackers Mark Sargent and Chris Carlson, who are leading the Vikings with 47 and 46 tackles respectively.

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