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SK ready for season’s big test

Back from a hip flexor injury, South Kitsap High School senior Victor Valle showed no ill effects in a 42-14 win at Olympic Friday.

The starting tailback rushed for 262 yards and punched it into the endzone five times to lead SK’s ground attack.

His numbers could have been more gaudy, but he was taken out late in the third quarter after SK built a 42-14 lead.

SK junior Jon Sheperd solidified his role as the backup running back after chalking up 111 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Both running backs gave all the credit to the offensive line.

“Once (the offense) got to know what they were doing, it was pretty easy to pick the hole, and my line opened up some big holes,” Sheperd said.

Sheperd said simply filled the gaps left open by the line.

“The line made some big holes and that made it easier for me,” he said.

While Valle’s performance wasn’t unexpected, neither was Sheperd’s, according to Sigurdson.

“He did a really nice job,” he said. “It was just great to see. He didn’t play a lot against CK but we expected him to do well (Friday). It didn’t surprise me.”

O-Line continues

to get better

Nothing makes offensive linemen more happy then seeing the backs of running backs they block for.

That was the case against Olympic when the Wolves front five helped the SK running game gain nearly 400 yards on the ground.

Senior offensive lineman Devin Spencer said it’s been a matter of time before all the linemen get on the same page.

“I think we are gelling as a line right now,” Spencer said. “We work together well. We may not be the biggest line out there but we use each other the best we can.”

Josh O’Donnell, SK’s biggest lineman at 250 pounds, said a lot of the line’s success against Olympic was partly because of Olympic’s greed.

Valle’s two longest touchdown runs (56 and 36 yards) were on counter plays, which allows for defenders to over-commit on the running back.

“The counter was working good tonight,” O’Donnell said. “I really liked it because those guys (Olympic) fired off and were totally off their feet and we just drove them down.”

DJ’s ‘wakeup’

call works

The final score doesn’t indicate how close Olympic came to keeping the game close.

SK’s 27-6 lead was cut to 27-14 in early in the third quarter and the Wolves struggled on their next possession.

After committing three penalties and facing a third down and 19 yards, Sigurdson had his team call a timeout.

This wasn’t a timeout to discuss strategy, it was Sigurdson’s time to do his best impersonation of an alarm clock.

“Wake up,” he screamed a few times.

Though SK failed to convert the long third down, the offense clearly got the picture on its next possession — and the remainder of the game.

After stuffing Olympic’s drive, SK took control of the game when Valle scrambled 35 yards for a touchdown on a fourth and four play.

The defense forced Olympic to go three and out on its next possession and Pat Kelly returned a punt 65 yards to the one-yard line.

Chris Anderson mopped up with a one-yard touchdown for the game’s final score 42-14.

SK to clean up

mental gaffes

While the score was lopsided, Sigurdson said he would like to see his team stay focused for the full 48 minutes.

SK committed 10 penalties for 73 yards and fumbled the ball three times, which Olympic recovered two of them in SK territory.

“I felt the thing that affected our rhythm was our concentration, which broke down a bit,” Sigurdson said. “There were no effort-mistakes out there. Mentally, they just kind of lost focus.”

Spencer said he thinks the team took a step back because they were guilty of watching the scoreboard.

“To win these games you gotta go full speed the whole game,” Spencer said.

Spencer said he wasn’t too concerned about the penalties.

“When we get penalties we try to look to the next play,” he said. “they can get to you but you gotta look past them because penalties are going to happen.”

This week’s games:

North Kitsap at South Kitsap

CK at Bremerton

Gig Harbor at Shelton

Port Angeles at Olympic

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