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Wolves off and running
As with any scrimmage, South Kitsap's lone scrimmage of the year on Tuesday night was chalk full of good and bad. And SK coach D.J. Sigurdson saw it all.
But he seemed more pleased to get on the field for the first time and let his players see what they could do.
"I was really happy with the effort," Sigurdson said Wednesday after watching film of the scrimmage. "We talked about playing hard and not taking any prisoners. We knew it wouldn't be perfect execution but we wanted them to play hard."
The Wolves stayed in their two groups, new players and returning players, for two, hour-long sessions that saw the offense try to drive 60-yards on the defense. The new players went first and then watched as the returning players put on a show.
"They played hard," Sigurdson said. "So I was happy with the effort, the speed, the level that they played at. They played hard."
Sigurdson told both groups before the session that he and the coaching staff would be on the look out for kids that put forth the effort and proved that they really wanted to play football for South.
"Some, we knew, that they were going to be solid and that they were going to be in the starting lineup at some point and time," Sigurdson said. "And there were a few that let us just saying 'boy, wouldn't it be nice if that kid were to get to play but I'm just not sure if it is going to happen.'"
Those that came through as they were expected included senior linemen Brad Ossman and Kevin Krause and senior tailback Anthony Galloway.
(Krause) played really well at guard," Sigurdson said. "And Anthony, I knew he was going to run hard but I was really happy with the way he played on defense. He was a great example of what a senior is supposed to do."
Galloway received a hashmark for his very first play on defense during the scrimmage. Hashmarks are given to players who excel at their position, make pancake blocks or dislodge the ball from the ball carrier.
Galloway's came on a massive hit when the second team offense broke a nice gainer right up the middle on their first play. The tailback raced untouched through the line but was clobbered by Galloway, who came over from his safety position.
Those that upped their stock during the scrimmage included Tony Larson and David Walthall.
"Larson played really hard on both sides of the ball," Sigurdson said. "Walthall played hard on defense as well and he did good on offense too."
Walthall was subbing for Dan Tajalle and seemed to make the most of his time. Tajalle, slated at nose tackle for the Wolves sat out the scrimmage but will be suited up for the Sept. 3 opener at Lincoln.
"We told them going in that if they played hard, we would find them," Sigurdson said. "That's what we are looking for, whether it's running down on a kickoff or starting on offense and defense, those are the guys we want on the field."
With good also came some bad. Sigurdson said he expected as much and there were plenty of mental mistakes, players not knowing where they were supposed to be and plenty of illegal procedure penalties.
"In retrospect, I should have seen it coming," Sigurdson. "Because of the way we have kind of crunched the beginning of the season down so they haven't gotten as much classroom time.We're still having meetings but we're missing a little bit of the walk-through time."
Sigurdson said there's still plenty of work to do before the season opener but he's happy with where the Wolves are, especially the level that the coaches are at.
"I felt like (Wednesday) in practice, the coaches picked up the intensity," Sigurdson said. "The coaches did a nice job of just picking up the level ... and the kids did a nice job of responding to it."
South will finish out this week with a scrum Saturday that will emphasize special teams and will take Sunday off. The schedule then shifts on Monday to a regular school schedule with practice in the late afternoon, one that the Wolves will follow until the conclusion of the season.
"With our last two double days, we're not going to focus completely on Lincoln as far as the scouting report," Sigurdson said. "But we're going to start to hone in on things we need to cover."
South's home opener is Sept. 17 against Port Angeles.