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South Kitsap roughs up Roughriders
The Wolves came home on Friday night -- and brought South Kitsap football with them.
After starting out the season with a pair of very unSouth-like losses on the road against Lincoln and Bellevue, SK opened its home -- and Narrows League -- schedule at Joe Knowles Field with a 41-21 thrashing of Port Angeles.
"It just feels good to get back on the right track again," said SK coach D.J. Sigurdson. "We didn't do anything fancy. We just wanted to play good, solid South Kitsap football. When we do that, good things happen."
Mainly, that means pounding the ball on the ground and playing swarming defense, and the Wolves were relentless on both counts against the Roughriders. SK senior Anthony Galloway rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries before departing with leg cramps in the third period. Orry Perez added 87 more yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Meanwhile, the SK defense held Port Angeles quarterback Justin Boudreau to three completions in 13 attempts for 62 yards and one touchdown while intercepting him twice -- both by Monte Enyeart (#9).
The Roughriders' Levi Ferenholtz rushed for just 16 yards before giving way to backups with the Wolves leading 35-7 late in the third period.
"I really didn't know what to expect from (Port Angeles)," Sigurdson said. "Tonight is the first time I ever met their coach, and the one game we saw them play, they came out running the ball then went to the air. Tonight was just the opposite."
After South Kitsap had taken the opening kickoff and driven 72 yards in 10 plays, the last a 22-yard touchdown scamper by Galloway, Port Angeles immediately took to the air. Perhaps encouraged by the Wolves' poor showing in the season opener against the Lincoln passing game, the Roughriders looked deep on their first two ofensive plays, with Boudreau overthrowing wideouts Kevin Konopeski and Dale Shofstall.
Two series later, the Wolves manufactured a 13-play, 69-yard series that drained 10:14 off the clock and culiminated with a one-yard TD plunge by Galloway with 6:50 remaining in the half.
Port Angeles responded with its best offensive effort of the night, a 10-play drive highlighted by completions of 16 and 27 yards by the 6-5 Konopeski and a three-yard touchdaown pass to Shofstall on fourth down to cut the SK lead to 14-7 with 3:51 left before the intermission.
But the Wolves weren't finished. Seven runs by Perez later, SK was in the endzone with a 20-7 halftime lead.
The assault continued on SK's first two possessions of the second half, with Galloway scoring first on a two-yard run and, following an interception by Enyart, a 24-yard scoring pass from David Hammrich to Jon Stryker, putting the game out of reach.
"We didn't specifically set out to control the time of possession and keep their offense off the field," Sigurdson said. "That's just the way we always play. You can beat most teams when you play sound fundamental football and don't beat yourself."
The Wolves threatened to do just that throughout the game, commiting 60 yards in penalties -- including five offisides or illegal procedure penalties.
"I lost track of how many drives we had to start out with a first-and-15," Sigurdson said. "You'd think remembering the snap count would be about the easiest thing there is to do, but we make it look hard."
South Kitsap, 1-2, hits the road again next week for a Narrows League matchup with Shelton on Friday night.