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For Wolves, it started up front
What a difference a win can make.
Heading into Narrows League play last Friday night with an 0-2 record and a 4-game losing streak that dated to last year, the South Kitsap locker room wasnt the most pleasant place to be.
But after the Wolves broke loose Friday against Port Angeles, rolling to a 41-21 league win, the atmosphere in Port Orchard is a bit better.
It was really critical, coach D.J. Sigurdson said of last weeks win. We really needed this one.
The win puts the Wolves at 1-2 on the year but more importantly, at 1-0 in league play heading into Fridays game at Shelton.
We really wanted the offensive line to come out and control the line of scrimmage and they did, Sigurdson said. The only negative was penalities.
In all, the coaches handed out16 hashmarks after the game with most going to the offensive line. A hashmark is awarded for any big hit or outstanding block among other things.
More than anything else, the hashmarks were a sign that the Wolves returned to basics.
We were very simple, very basic, Sigurdson said.
The Wolves lined up in an I-pro left formation and ran a lot of isolation plays againt the Roughriders. In fact, of the 68 offensive plays the Wolves ran, 54 were runs and 37 of those were isolations.
Anthony Galloway benefitted the most on Friday night, finally getting some room to run. The senior tailback picked up 170 yards on 25 carries and scored three times before leaving the game with cramps.
His effort had been so tremendous on everything, Sigurdson said. I was happy for him to finally have some nice holes to run through.
Junior Orry Perez also had a nice game, picking up 87 yards on 15 tries and scored once.
But it was the big guys upfront that began to play the way Sigurdson had hoped for at the beginning of the year.
Senior Brad Ossman led the way for the line, grabbing four hashmarks while fellow guard Kevin Krause and center Andy Thatcher also got high marks from Sigurdson.
Those three played well, Sigurdson said.
Sigurdson said he was also pleased with the way the defense performed, especially, the whole defensive line led by nosetackle Dan Tajalle.
We wanted to stop the run and play well against the pass, Sigurdson said. We lined up well and played aggressively and the kids got really excited which was nice to see.
That group helped stuff Port Angeles tailback Levi Ferenholtz, holding him to just 16 yards.