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Wolves play through pain
"As far as celebrations go, the Wolves victory cry was the most subdued in their history.After the South Kitsap High School football team held off a pesky Bremerton team Friday night 46-35, the attention was focused on the tragedy of a fellow student.Earlier in the afternoon, news was received that Angela Champneys, an SK senior and student trainer, was critically injured in a one-car accident. We're really happy with the win, but our thoughts and our prayers are with Angela Champneys right now, senior co-captain Sean Banks said. We're really down about that. She's on our minds.SK coach D.J. Sigurdson echoed those sentiments.We're happy to get the victory, but our thoughts and prayers are with the Champneys family, Sigurdson said. She's a kid I've had in class, she's an inspirational kid. Just a wonderful person.The worst fears came true Sunday when Champneys died from head trauma.Banks said it was the toughest game he's ever had to play.It was difficult to concentrate, he said. The coaches did the best they could to keep us focused for the game, but it was hard.The game was riddled with errors and blown assignments, but SK's defense came through late to solidify the win.SK, which had outscored Bremerton 94-6 over the last two seasons, was given a dose of its own medicine in the first half.Bremerton's Sean Blevins opened the game with an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.SK countered with a drive capped by a Ryan Cole five-yard touchdown. Cole finished with 202 yards on 27 carries.But Bremerton countered with a 73-yard drive of its own, highlighted by Joe Bollinger's 32-yard touchdown run.Whether it was by ground or air, the senior quarterback accounted for nearly 400 yards of offense, including 325 yards passing.Kellen Alley extended Bremerton's lead to 21-6 on a 52-yard touchdown catch with five minutes to go in the half. A look of bewilderment permeated the Wolves' bench. But the shock turned to cheers after junior Victor Valle returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards to the Bremerton 16-yard line.On the first play from scrimmage, SK quarterback Travis Vetters lofted a touchdown pass to Tyler Mayfield and cut into Bremerton's lead.SK's defense came through on Bremerton's next possession.After a Matt Christenbury sack pushed Bremerton back to the 23-yard line, Bremerton's Reggie Williams fumbled Bollinger's pitch.SK's Buddy Anderson and all 300 of his pounds picked up the ball and chugged 20 yards for his first career touchdown to make it 21-18.SK took its first lead of the game on the first possession of the third quarter.Vetters, who went 12-18 for 148 yards, connected with junior Nick Anderson from 24 yards out for his third touchdown pass of the game.But the Wolves' 25-21 lead was short-lived.It took only three plays for Bremerton to respond.A 55-yard catch from B.J. Ray put Bremerton at the one-yard line. Tieba Bropleh ran it in on the next play to give Bremerton a 28-25 lead.SK took advantage of great field position thanks to the kickoff returns of Valle, who averaged returns near mid-field.On a 52-yard, eight-play drive, Vetters threw his third touchdown pass of the night to junior Andy Sund to give SK a 32-28 lead.After both teams traded possessions on turnovers, Bremerton took to the air nearly 70 yards, including a dramatic 39-yard catch from Williams, before Bropleh's one-yard touchdown run gave Bremerton the lead back 35-32 with nine minutes remaining.SK went four plays and out on its next possession, but its defense also held Bremerton in check.With five minutes remaining, the Wolves took the ball from their own 14 and drove 85 yards before Cole's second touchdown of the game gave SK a 39-35 lead.Still, with just over two minutes remaining, Bremerton had a chance to put the game away.Williams (105 yards) and Alley (114 yards) had already burned the SK cornerbacks all night long, but for the first time all game Bollinger was unable to connect with any of his receivers.SK changed up its zone defense and defended the pass. The Knights gave the ball back to the Wolves after failing to convert on fourth and 14 deep in SK territory.For good measure Valle punched the ball into the endzone to give SK the 46-35 win. "