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It's been a tale of two seasons

A win is a win, but the South Kitsap High School football team is taking pride in the lopsided margins its been racking up of late.

It’s been a tale of two seasons for a Wolves team that struggle mightily through the first half of its schedule but has been dominant ever since.

After its first four games, SK stood at 3-1.

While the record was solid, the Wolves were giving up 22 points per game.

But in the second half of the season, SK has cut its opponents scoring in half to 11.5 points per game.

While the defense has made strides, so, too, has the offense.

SK put up only 110 points in the first four games, but in the last four games SK has scored 185 points compared to its opponents’ 46 points.

After the slow start against Port Angeles, senior lineman Ben Duncan said the Wolves will never be satisfied with their performance until a state championship is earned.

With Capital up next in a loser-out game, Duncan said all games and statistics don’t mean anything.

The key to succeeding in the playoffs is to continue getting better.

The biggest concern right now is the onslaught of penalties SK is committing.

Though the team has made up the penalty yards, it’s a habit everyone wants to break.

“Our offense is still strong, but when we start getting deeper in the playoffs it’s going to be more important not to get penalties,” Duncan said. “We’ll get better. We just need to continue doing what we regularly do and keep going.”

SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said he is perplexed after seeing his team struggle with penalties for the third straight week.

Though some of the calls have been marginal, Sigurdson said the team needs to eliminate them.

Duncan agrees.

“Penalties...that’s the biggest thing right now,” Duncan said. “We’ve got to stop getting penalties.”

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Thomas showing worth at fullback

Senior Phil Thomas doesn’t mind not getting any attention.

The only difference between Thomas and an offensive lineman is Thomas actually touches the ball a few times a game.

But when he does touch the ball he’s making opponents pay.

Against PA Thomas had three carries for 30 yards, which has become his average.

His yards have become critical in drives in the second half of the season.

While all teams have been keying in on running backs Ryan Cole and Victor Valle, Thomas has been busy opening holes for them.

But when “Trap” is called, Thomas is taking advantage of the quick handoff and running up average gains of 20 yards.

“The offensive line is awesome,” Thomas said. “Phil Bilderback, Scott Kasten, Buddy Anderson, and Matt Christenbury are doing the job.”

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SK kills three birds with one stone.

SK senior Josh Meeker said three things were accomplished in the 55-17 win against PA Thursday night.

“It was the Homecoming game and we came out and played hard in front of the home crowd,” Meeker said. “We won the division tonight, and that’s a confidence builder going into the playoffs. There’s always a chance you’re not going to win a game but you’ve gotta go in confident and play like you’re going to play the next week.

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