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Abes bomb South, 47-13 in season opener
It wasn't quite one if by land or two if by sea but more like three if by air.
Dwayne Parker threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns Friday night, catching South Kitsap a bit offguard as the Lincoln High Abes got the 2004 high school football season off to a roaring start with a 47-13 win over the Wolves in the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma.
Parker, a senior, completed 12-of-15 passes in just three quarters of play as the Abes rolled up 464 yards of total offense.
"I was completely expecting them to run," South coach DJ Sigurdson said after the game. "They found some matchups they liked and they took advantage of it. Their quarterback and receivers did a good job."
With the Wolves full attention set on sophomore running sensation Roman Pula, Parker took full advantage, connecting with his receivers on scoring passes of 20, 63, 9, 55 and 8 yards. Rickey Chapman caught six of Parkers passes for 145 yards and a pair of scores while BJ Miller hauled in three balls for 79 yards and a score and John Smith turned two catches into touchdowns of 20 and 73 yards.
"We expected them to run a little bit more," South lineman Brad Ossman said. "I think that caught everybody by surprise."
Actually, it was the underdog Wolves that were surprising everyone late in the second quarter by holding a 13-6 lead with just under three minutes to play. South had gotten a 46-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Pease to Dylan Pierce and a 1-yard TD run from Anthony Galloway and were in great shape before the wheels came flying off.
Parker hit Chapman for a 63-yard scoring strike with two minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the half and followed that up with a 73-yard TD pass to Smith just 1:24 later to give the Abes a quick 21-13 halftime lead.
"I thought the kids did a great job in the first half," Sigurdson said. "The kids did exactly what we wanted them to do. We maintained possession of the ball, we kept ourselves in good field position. And then it just got away in the second half."
Three plays into the second half, Lincoln led 28-13 after Avery Hanley picked off a Pease pass and returned 37 yards for a score. Two minutes later, it was 34-13 when the Abes converted a South fumble into a 6-yard TD run by Pula.
"I felt like the kids did exactly what we wanted them to do," Sigurdson said. "But a team that can capitalize on turnovers like that, it makes it really difficult to come back."
Lincoln added two more scores in the third period to completely put the game away.
"I think we had it in us the whole game," Ossman said. "After they got off a few it just ... I don't know. It just went down."
Pula ended the night with just 45 yards on 10 carries while Galloway led the Wolves with 77 yards on 15 tries. The Abes outgained South 464-227 in total offense.
"The times I watched (Lincoln) last year, they did the same on defense - they were opportunistic," Sigurdson said. "They made plays and that's what they did tonight."
And it doesn't get any easier for South from here as the Wolves travel to Bellevue Friday night to face the 3-time defending Class 3A state champs. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Lincoln 47, South Kitsap 13
Played Sept. 3 at Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma
Score by quarters
South Kitsap 0 13 0 0_13
Lincoln 6 15 26 0_47
L - John Smith 20 pass from Dwayne Parker (kick blocked)
SK - Dylan Pierce 46 pass from Kyle Pease (David Hammrich kick)
SK - Anthony Galloway 1 run (kick failed)
L - Rickey Chapman 63 pass from Parker (Cole Zamira kick)
L - Smith 73 pass from Parker (Roman Pula run)
L - Avery Henley 37 interception return (Zamira kick)
L - Pula 6 run (kick failed)
L - BJ Miller 55 pass from Parker (run failed)
L - Chapman 8 pass from Parker (Zamira kick)
South Kitsap Lincoln
10 First Downs 14
43-136 Rushes/Yards 24-148
4-13-1 Passes 12-15-0
91 Passing yards 316
7-35 Penalties 3-20
1-1 Fumbles/Lost 5-2
Rushing: South Kitsap - Jeff Coulon 1-4; Anthony Galloway 15-77; Jon Stryker3-11; David Robinson 4-0; Dylan Pierce 2-(-4); Kyle Pease 1-(-8); Jason Martin 1-0; Michael Pulkrabek 6-8; David Hammrich 1-(-7); Chris Hogan 1-1; Orry Perez 8-53. Lincoln - Roman Pula 10-45; Avery Henley 4-8; John Smith 1-15; Gerell Wilkins 3-52; Darryl Nutall 2-35; Austin Shelton 1- (-3); Dan Bussell 2- (-4); Jared Linke 1-0.
Passing: South Kitsap - Pease 3-10-1, 77 yards, 1TD; Hammrich 1-3-0, 14. Lincoln - Dwayne Parker 12-15-0, 316, 5TDs
Receiving: South Kitsap - Tom Cornell 3-45; Pierce 1-46. Lincoln - Rickey Chapman 6-145; BJ Miller 3-79; John Smith 2-93; Henley 1-(-1).