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Fullington earns starting nod at quarterback

After two weeks of constant evaluation, South Kitsap High School football coach D.J. Sigurdson announced junior Josh Fullington will be SK’s starting quarterback for the season opener against Snohomish Friday.

Fullington, 6-6 and 208 pounds, won the spot after playing well in the jamboree last week against Sumner and Kentwood, Sigurdson said.

“He played pretty well and showed a great deal of competitiveness,” Sigurdson said.

Joining Fullington in the starting lineup will be running back Victor Valle and fullback John Fuchs.

Blocking for the backs will be Josh O’Donnell (LT), Devin Spencer (LG), Steve Razey (C), Josh Knight (RG) and Mitch Barone.

Nick Anderson and Richard Fein are the starting receivers.

After linebackers Anderson, Andy Sund, and Chris Anderson, SK will have only one other returning starter on defense (Spencer).

Albert Jenkins will anchor the left defensive end spot, while Spencer mans the right end. Bubba Dunn and Clayton Hutchens are the two tackles.

The secondary will have a new look with junior cornerbacks Craig Senter and Pat Kelly.

Cody McCulley —100 percent healthy after tearing knee ligaments last year — is the free safety.

Kelly will share the punting duties with Nick Anderson.

Sigurdson also raved about Hiram Davis, who has solidified the kicking game for the first time since Andy Wilson was the kicker in 1999.

“I think this is the best kicking game we’ve seen in a long time, Sigurdson said.

Though Davis was the team’s kicker in the latter half of last season, Sigurdson said he’s made huge strides since then.

Although SK’s offense has always been potent, Sigurdson said he was tired of being forced to go for two-point conversions in the latter parts of the game.

Failed point-after attempts took their toll.

“You never want to be put in that situation (to go for two-point conversions),” Sigurdson said. “I’m learning to appreciate the kicking game more and more and more.”

Sigurdson said he is confident with his starting lineup after watching it perform at the jamboree last week.

“Mistakes were made but I thought the jamboree went well,” he said. “Some kids played real well and they played hard.”

How the players, especially the first-year starters, respond will be the key to SK’s success against Snohomish, he said.

If SK stays composed and controls ball possession, Sigurdson said good things will come.

“The best way to slow down a team is to keep them off the field,” he said.

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