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Wolves dismantle Olympic

Change, the old saying goes, is good.

But the change South Kitsap football coach D.J. Sigurdson made last week might cause teams in the Bridge Division of the Narrows League to disagree with that. And for good reason.

Shannon Haney, starting at tailback in place of Jon Shepherd, ran for 173 yards on 23 carries and scored three times, taking full advantage of his first-ever start to lead the South Kitsap Wolves to an easy 45-6 victory over Olympic Friday night at Joe Knowles Field.

The victory keeps the Wolves, 3-1 overall and 3-0 in league play, in a tie for first place with Shelton and North Kitsap atop the Bridge Division of league play. South Kitsap faces North Kitsap at 7 p.m. Friday night in Poulsbo.

“This was a big game for us,” Haney said. “Jon wanted to play defense and we made some changes. I just saw some holes and tried to run through them.”

Haney, a senior who played football his sophomore year but not his junior year, had seen some limited action at tailback this year but was promoted to starter when Shepherd, who hurt his leg in last week’s win over Central Kitsap, was shifted to a larger roll on defense.

“(Haney) is such an athletic kid, we knew he’d fit in well with the running backs,” South Kitsap coach D.J. Sigurdson said. “We didn’t want to give him too much to do right way.”

Haney did most of his damage in the first half, scoring on runs of 20 and 19 yards as the Wolves jumped out to 38-0 lead. He left the game after a 16-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.

And while Haney was making the most of his start, and he will continue to start, Sigurdson said defensive backs Charlton Mason, Craig Senter, Patrick Kelly and Brent Nickerson went to work shutting down Olympic quarterback Jeff Shaw.

“I was concerned going in,” Sigurdson said. “We knew (Olympic) could move the ball. I was happy that we had the kids in the right spots. I liked the consistency that our safeties and cornerbacks had.”

Shaw completed just three of 12 passes for 22 yards and had an interception returned for a 34-yard score by Mason. Linebacker Chris Anderson scored as well, returning a fumble 47 yards for the game’s first points.

And Sigurdson will be counting on another strong showing from the defense against North Kitsap and junior quarterback Jerrod Prince Friday night.

Prince completed eight of 13 passes last week for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Vikings downed Bremerton, 48-0. Sigurdson said the running back/receiver duo of Jordan Henry and Jeremiah Doehne and the spread offense North Kitsap uses could pose problems.

“I’m expecting a great game,” Sigurdson said. “The two strengths will be on the field at the same time, their offence and our defense. It will be a great test for us.”

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