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Situation desperate as NK comes to town

About a year ago, right after South Kitsap pulled out a thrilling 39-35 win over North Kitsap 39-35, South coach D.J. Sigurdson admitted he was already starting to worry about playing the Vikings again the next season.

Well, that time has come and it couldn’t be at a worse time for the Wolves.

With a defense that has been prone to giving up tons of yards and points, the big-play Vikings come to town Friday night for a 7 p.m. showdown at Joe Knowles Field.

And there is a lot on the line for both teams. The Wolves are 1-3 overall and 1-1 in Narrows League play and desperately need a win. The Vikings, 2-2, 1-1, are pretty much in the same boat.

In fact, the loser of this game can pretty much kiss a playoff spot goodbye and begin to build for next year.

“Right now, that’s not the furthest thing from the mind. But there are so many other things that need to happen before we start to rally the troops to talk about being one of those top-three teams,” Sigurdson said. “That’s kind of the end, but the means ... there’s so many small steps we need to take.”

And taking those steps against the potent North offense won’t be easy.

The Vikings are led by Narrows League Offensive MVP Jared Prince who has thrown for 670 yards and 10 touchdowns so far this season, despite completing just two passes last week against Bremerton.

But then those were the only two passes he threw, in the Vikings 49-0 win.

On the year, Prince has completed 40 of 87 passes and has had a lot of help from running backs Nick Sturza and Jeff Camus.

Sturza has rushed for 218 yards and scored twice while Camus has rolled to 269 yards and four scores.

Jordan Henry and Travis Tobin top the area in receiving yards as Tobin has caught 12 balls for 195 yards and two scores while Henry has hauled in 13 passes for 187 yards and three TDs.

That’s a lot of offensive firepower that the Wolves would like to see sitting on the sidelines.

“That’s the best defense,” Sigurdson said. “You have to defend them sometimes, but the more you can keep them off (the field), the better.”

But more than anything, Sigurdson said, the Wolves need to do the little things they didn’t do against Shelton.

Like cause more turnovers and stop letting receivers run down the field wide open. There were also instances where Shelton fumbled the ball but recovered it 16 yards down field or tipped passes that could have been intercepted ended up in the hands of Highclimber receivers and went for extra yards.

“Those things contributed to the morale,” Sigurdson said. “Or lack of morale, at time.”

That is another cause of concern at South, with the Wolves coming off a terrible performance last week in a 47-18 loss to Shelton.

“We need to continue to progress on offense,” Sigurdson said. “We need to make huge gains on defense. The defense needs to be and play 100 percent better for us to be in games.”

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