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It all adds up for Wolves

In the mathematical equation that is high school football, two quarters divided by 14 plays minus a turnover does not equal a 37-0 halftime lead — unless you use the new math being taught at South Kitsap High School.

Following the assumption that one-play drives ending in scores result in easy wins, the Wolves proved that theory correct Friday night at Joe Knowles Field, scoring the first three times they touched the ball en route to a 51-0 victory over Port Angeles.

The end result of that equation equals another trip to the state playoffs and a showdown with Gig Harbor Thursday in Port Orchard to determine the Narrows League Bridge Division champion.

“Our offense, we really clicked,” senior tailback Shannon Haney said. “We’ve got guys making great plays, making great blocks, holding guys up and I think that really helps.”

It definitely helped Haney, who scored the first three times he touched the ball, taking off on runs of 63, 15 and 3 yards. He added a 33-yard TD run late in the second half and ended the night with a line that would confuse the best calculus professor in Kitsap County: 9-149, 4 (2).

Or in English, nine carries for 149 yards and four touchdowns in two quarters.

It was that kind of night for the Wolves. They ran a total of three plays in the first quarter and led 21-0 after two of Haney’s TD runs and a 29-yard touchdown pass from Josh Fullington to Richard Fein.

The second quarter saw a total of 11 plays, two touchdowns and a safety thrown in for good measure.

In all, two quarters, 14 plays, 175 yards and five touchdowns.

And a new streak has begun as the Wolves have scored on their first offensive play in the last three games. That should leave any math teacher struggling to calculate those kinds of odds.

“We really clicked on those first four or five plays,” SK quarterback Josh Fullington said. “You have to give it out to the line, though. They’re the ones that win football games.”

Fullington attempted just two passes in the entire first half, hooking up with Fein for a score. The other fell incomplete.

“That doesn’t worry me at all,” Fullington said of his limited work. “Our scout defense, they provide me with plenty of work during practice.”

Fullington added that everything is in place now and clicking.

“As the season goes on, you learn more about everyone else,” he said. “How they play and their strengths and weaknesses. Our defense, they are unbelievable. If something bad happens on offense, you can go off the field and know that the defense is going to pick up the slack. I think (Friday) showed that if the defense doesn’t do good — and they did, they were awesome — that the offense can pick up the slack, too.”

Almost lost in the offensive onslaught was the stingy play of the SK defense, which allowed just 74 first-half yards, picked off a pass and forced a fumbled snap that led to a safety.

“(The offense) really helped us out by getting that early lead,” safety Brent Nickerson said. “It let us play South Kitsap football which is good, hard defense.”

That defense recorded its second shutout of the season and is now giving up just 13.6 points a game.

“(The defense) definitely feeds off of (the quick starts),” SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said. “I felt like the kids played hard.”

And going into next week’s showdown against Gig Harbor, Sigurdson thinks his team is playing at the level it needs to capture its fifth-straight division title.

“It sure seems that way,” he said. “I was concerned a little because this week in practice we tried to do things a little differently and get some younger kids a lot of reps, and I was a little bit concerned that the concentration level of our (starters) wouldn’t quite be there. But I thought they were real crisp and they did a good job.”

An added bonus was Sigurdson got plenty of reps for his backups in the second half, including tailback Anthony Galloway and Orry Perez, while Tommy Patrick, who splits time with Fullington, worked the entire second half.

All this leads up to Gig Harbor, the team that always seems to stand in the way of a division title. The game also will decide the seedings and pairings for next week’s playoff games.

“It’s exciting for us, we want to play the best,” Sigurdson said. “They went out and put themselves in position, and we put ourselves in position. If they win, they’re champs. If we win, we’re champs.”

A South Kitsap win earns the Wolves the title; a Gig Harbor win, coupled with a North Kitsap victory, would result in a three-way tie for the title in a mini-playoff Tuesday.

If both NK and SK lose, Gig Harbor is the division champ with SK earning the second seed.

It’s all just another mathematical equation that is best left solved by the Wolves. They are, after all, good at this math stuff.

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