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North Kitsap heads to South just one game behind Bridge Division leader.

For the fourth time in five weeks, the South Kitsap High School football team will face yet another wing-T offense when North Kitsap arrives at Joe Knowles Field Friday at 7 p.m.

While the offense will be nothing new to the Wolves’ defense, SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said North Kitsap will be unlike any other team they’ve faced so far.

The difference lies in the leadership of sophomore quarterback Jared Prince.

“He’s the best-looking kid I’ve seen,” Sigurdson said. “This kid is a special player, and you’ll notice it right away. If you were to tell me he was a senior I’d believe it.”

Prince and his 6-2, 185-pound frame has led the Vikings to a 2-1 Bridge Division record with more than 500 yards passing.

His favorite target is Patrick Gilbert, who lines up as a split end, flanker and running back.

Snohomish is the most talented offense SK has faced this year, Sigurdson said, but he said Gilbert is more talented than Snohomish’s best receiver and Prince is better than Snohomish’s quarterback.

Of the wing-T teams SK has faced, Sigurdson said the Vikings are the purest.

The running game is led by James Smith, who carried the ball 33 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-7 win against Bremerton.

Prince was nine of 12 for 211 yards in that game.

While Sigurdson respects the Vikings, he said he is very confident in his young secondary led by junior cornerbacks Craig Senter and Pat Kelly.

“I’m extremely confident in their ability,” Sigurdson said. “They’ve been huge this year.”

Despite North Kitsap’s talent at skill positions, Sigurdson said the best way to prepare for a good team is to concentrate on themselves.

“We need to focus on fundamentals and keep our concentration up,” he said.

One of SK’s glaring problems in its 42-14 win at Olympic was a propensity to commit penalties, which Sigurdson attributed to a lack of focus.

“We need to keep working on us,” he said. “We’ll have a good week of practice to prepare. We have a good game plan and we know what we want to do against (North).”

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