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Wolves 2005 football schedule finalized - finally

Bellevue is out and Mountain View is in.

In the wake of yet another Bellevue High School showcase football game at Seattle’s Qwest Field, South Kitsap was coming up on the short end, literally.

When the two schools couldn’t come up with a game day or time that was acceptable to both, their planned Oct. 9 game in Port Orchard was canceled.

Bellevue, the four-time defending Class 3A state champ, wanted to keep the game on that date because it had already scheduled a game on the following Friday at Qwest Field against Mission Viejo.

South, which opens its season on Monday, Oct. 5, at Qwest Field against Mercer Island as part of the Emerald City Kickoff Classic, wanted to move the Bellevue game to Saturday due to the short week of preparation.

But the two sides couldn’t settle on an alternate date and South was left with an open home date it desperately needed to fill to ensure a fourth home game ticket gate.

“We would have loved for it to have held up and had the Bellevue game here,” South coach D.J. Sigurdson said. “But they didn’t want to come out on Saturday.”

After Bellevue dropped out, Sigurdson had to scramble to fill the date. He tried Walla Walla and made some progress, but in the end the two schools couldn’t get anything worked out.

All the other schools Sigurdson contacted or was looking to contact were also looking for home games.

“There wasn’t much else. There weren’t any feasible or working things happening,” Sigurdson said. “There were a couple a teams from out of state (one in Idaho and one in Montana), but they weren’t interested in playing away games.”

Sigurdson said he even toyed with the idea of scheduling a 2A or 1A school to come and play the Wolves’ junior varsity just to get a home crowd gate.

But Mountain View stepped at the last minute and the two schools worked out a plan that will send the school and its fans to Port Orchard for a rare Saturday evening game.

“Mountain View wanted a home game, as well,” Sigurdson said. “But we worked out some things. We’re getting them some food and helping them with transportation and such. But we’re getting our gate.”

The game will be played at 6 p.m. at Joe Knowles Field and will be a rematch of the 2003 loser-out, winner-to-state game that the Thunder won 26-19, ending South’s 23-year consecutive playoff streak.

The Mountain View game now give South four home games this year including Shelton on Sept. 23, Olympic on Oct. 7 and Gig Harbor Oct. 14.

2005 South Kitsap football schedule

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME

Sept. 5 Mercer Island* 8 p.m.

Sept. 10 Mountain View 6 p.m.

Sept. 16 At Port Angeles 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 Shelton 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 At North Kitsap 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 Olympic 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 Gig Harbor 7 p.m.

Oct. 21 At Central Kitsap 7 p.m.

Oct. 28 At Bremerton 7 p.m.

All home games will be play at Joe Knowles Field.

*Played at Qwest Field in Seattle

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