SK takes out frustration on Knights, 56-0

South Kitsap’s hard nosed running back Mathew Shepherd had 72 yards on only three carries, and he trampled in two touchdowns.

His senior teammate Shannon Haney had 38 yards on three carries, with two touchdowns as well.

All in all, the Wolves bit off 180 yards of offense, scoring on nearly every drive down the field. Unfortunately for Bremerton, it was only halftime.

South Kitsap, hungry for its first win of 2003 after losing its opener to Snohomish, feasted heartily on the Knights (0-1 league, 0-3 overall) in each teams’ Bridge Division opener.

Although the Knights pushed and pounded relentlessly throughout the night, they struggled to make the blocks they needed in their offensive scheme, and they allowed the older, more experienced South Kitsap (1-0, 1-1) squad enough running room to win the game 56-0.

“I’m shot,” said Bremerton’s running back and safety Ian Mateikat, as he walked off the field after the game.

South Kitsap came to the field with a stacked roster of 57 players, while Bremerton had a younger lineup of 37.

“We never gave up, and that counts for something, but I feel like I let Jeff (Frankeberger) down,” Mateikat said.

Frankeberger is playing varsity QB for the Knights for the first season.

All night, he was scrambling out of the pocket against the swarming SK defense, and had the two largest runs from the Knights, of 10 and 15 yards.

“He’s the hardest working football player,” Mateikat said. “He’s the one who will fight through the injuries.”

For the Wolves, the big win was revenge for a last-second 28-26 loss to Snohomish seven days earlier. SK quarterback Josh Fullington used his 6-foot-6 height to his advantage Friday night, as he fired rockets all over the field, racking up 77 yards on five throws in the first half.

“I was really proud of our kids and how they played tonight,” said Wolves’ coach D.J. Sigurson. “We wanted to execute. We had a tough time executing our offense last week. They did a lot better job.”

After the first half, Sigurson started transplanting second and third string players. In all, he used three quarterbacks before the end of the game.

After the game, over 100 South Kitsap family members and friends came down onto Memorial Field to hug and congratulate the players.

Bremerton’s head coach Mike McKnight missed the contest because he was bitten by the flu-bug.

Assistant coach Daniel McInnis stepped in to run the show on the sidelines.

“South is physical, they are tough,” said McInnis in the lockeroom after the game. “They took it to us. They were reeling after their loss and they wanted to take it out on us.”

McInnis said the Knights are still not playing to their full intensity yet. “We have four or five guys of the 11 on the field,” he said.

McInnis was impressed with the efforts of junior linebacker Chris Wannebo and senior running back/defensive lineman Robbie Robinson in the Friday night tussel.

Robinson carried the ball 17 times for 56 yards on the night.

“Everyone in Kitsap County wants to beat South Kitsap,” said Frankeberger after the contest. “I just wanted to come out and play my best game possible.”

Frankeberger said the only bright spot in the Knights game was the time before the second half in which the defense stopped a fierce South Kitsap charge at the 2-yard line.

“That shows a lot of heart,” he said. The Knights will need all the heart they can muster when they go to Port Angeles this Friday night to face Bremerton alum Dan Novick and the (0-1, 1-2) Roughriders.

South Kitsap’s boys have their third-straight road game when they take on winless Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium.

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