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Wolves hang on in PA
Staring down a deficit early in the fourth quarter, the motivation to get on the field and hit someone grew for starters Richard Fein, Cody McCulley, Chris Anderson, and Andy Sund.
Only problem was, they were in street clothes, reduced to being onlookers as the South Kitsap High School football team watched Port Angeles come back from a 13-0 deficit to take a 14-13 lead late in the third quarter.
The lead held until two minutes into the fourth quarter when SK struck back.
Starting on its own 43-yard line, senior running back Victor Valle put the game into his hands.
Nick Anderson and Hiram Davis contributed with 10-yard and 3-yard catches respectively.
But it was Valles five carries for 30 yards on the drive and a 15-yard facemask on PA that gave SK a 19-14 lead with 10 minutes to play.
On PAs next possession, PA continued to hope to find the answer in Jesse Long, the Narrows League Bridge Division rushing leader.
But Long was held to six yards on the possession and PA was forced to punt with 6:28 remaining.
He finished with 134 yards and a touchdown, but Long was limited to 35 yards in the second half.
Starting from its own 23-yard line, SK coach D.J. Sigurdson called a pass play, similar to the one that won it for SK against CK in the waning seconds.
This time, it was Hiram Davis who answered the call.
Quarterback Josh Fullington reared back and threw a bullet to Davis, who was about 12 yards out on the right side.
Davis had beaten the cornerback and the safety was cheating up.
It was off to the races for Davis, as he scampered up the middle and eventually to the left side to complete the 77-yard touchdown play. The play visibly shook a PA team that only five minutes earlier held a lead against the undefeated Wolves.
PA was forced to go into the passing mode but that failed on its next two possessions with interceptions by Pat Kelly and Nick Anderson.
Andersons interception occurred deep in PA territory, and four plays later Jon Sheperd ran in the games final touchdown from three yards out.
Sigurdson said hed be lying if he didnt notice the absence of half a dozen starters.
However, he said it was the teams effort that won the game.
The thing weve been saying all year is that weve played hard in every game, Sigurdson said. We won that game without six starters. The level of the performance may have dropped but at the same time I didnt see a drop off in the effort.
The absence of inside linebackers Chris Anderson and Sund was felt on the running game. But Nick Anderson said he was pleased with how Sheperd and Fuchs stepped in again for the second straight week.
I was really proud of the way they stepped up because we were hurting without our inside linebackers, Anderson said. They just stepped it up and took the position as if it was theirs all year.
Hip pointers have been SKs nemesis.
Both Anderson and Sund are still reeling from its game against Shelton but should be back for the game at Gig Harbor Thursday.
McCulley, the starting free safety and wide receiver, also suffered a hip pointer.
Richard Feins injury has been more serious. The starting wide receiver and returner on special teams has missed the last three games because of a strained hip flexor muscle.
His return is unknown.
Starting lineman Bubba Dunn and starting defensive end Albert Jenkins are currently ineligible because of academics.
When I looked out there at our defense you could see we overcame not having Albert, Bubba, both wide receivers, our tight end (Sund), free safety and inside backers, Sigurdson said. But no matter what has happened the effort has always been there.
Sigurdson said the effort is what has kept SK undefeated so far.
What we have done in penalties, miscues, and turnovers, weve overcome because of our effort, he said.