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Wolves hoping to cage Cougars

"The South Kitsap High School football team has yet to play an easy game this year.The Wolves (3-0 overall, 2-0 Narrows League) may have taken Bremerton too lightly last week in the 46-35 win.It's safe to assume SK will not take a struggling Central Kitsap team for granted this Friday at 7 p.m. at Silverdale Stadium.The Cougars (1-2 overall, 0-2 NL) have scored 10 points and given up 56 points in the last two games.CK is coming off a 35-7 loss last week to Gig Harbor.In that game CK continued to struggle with its special teams defense, allowing a pair of touchdowns and giving up too many yards.The signal caller for CK, Jake Higgs, isn't relied upon for his throwing.Mostly a run-oriented team, the Cougars rely on two things: To run well on the ground and to stop the opponent's running game.SK's Ryan Cole will be enemy number one for CK, but quarterback Travis Vetters is showing more confidence in the air.Coming off three touchdown passes last week, the SK offense is keeping defenders honest with a more balanced attack than usual.In CK's losses, it has given up big plays in the air because it was keyed in on the run.The Cougars will rely on the inside running of senior Blake Berryman, a tough fullback who gained 122 yards on the Tides last week.When CK wants to go outside, the ball goes into the hands of running back Dustin Wilson, an all-state sprinter.Defensively, CK runs a 4-3 defense that is anchored by 6-2, 220-pound middle linebacker Desmond Malietufa.CK has been able to chalk up yards this year but turnovers have been its worst enemy.Run, Buddy, runThere were many highlights in the Bremerton game, but none will top the touchdown scored by all 300-plus pounds of SK defensive lineman Buddy Anderson.Down 21-12 with nearly five minutes remaining in the second quarter, SK needed a big defensive stand to get at least one more crack at the endzone before halftime.Back on their own 23-yard line, Joe Bollinger's pitch to Reggie Williams was fumbled. Anderson, had broken through the line and bobbled the ball at first, but then secured the ball with both hands and ran 20 yards for his first career touchdown.It was definitely one for the record books. "

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