Wolves getting arms ready for '05 season

Trying to forget last year’s debacle may be getting a little easier. Especially now.

After posting its first losing season since 1977, the South Kitsap football team has breathed new life into itself this summer and has opened the eyes of some of its peers.

As the team gears up for its final workouts of the summer next week, it has plenty of positive things to build on, having completed the Eastern Washington University football camp earlier this month.

“When we left there, I basically said I wanted our guys to be excited for one another and be excited for us as a team,” coach D.J. Sigurdson said. “And they got that accomplished. They did really well.”

So well, in fact, that Sigurdson said every position coach from Eastern that helped run the week-long camp had nothing but nice, positive things to say about every South kid they encountered.

“To a man, they all said how hard our kids worked, how disciplined they were, how they didn’t talk – they just worked hard,” Sigurdson said. “And that was really good for me personally as a coach. And it really showed in our effort and attitude and stuff on the field.”

Basically, Sigurdson got exactly what he wanted out of the Eastern camp. He said the Wolves played with enthusiasm and in the few live sessions, and the South defense looked really good.

And now, Sigurdson wants to see that excitement and enthusiasm carry over not only into the fall but this week at quarterback camp and next week at the South Kitsap football camp.

Sigurdson and a group of seven QBs worked for three days this week on fundamentals. The group includes senior signal callers Kyle Pease and David Hammrich, a pair of juniors, a pair of sophomore and one ninth grader, along with a volunteer group of running backs, receivers and centers.

The QB camp was moved to the middle of summer this year to help carry over the learning process. In years past, the quarterback camp was the starting point of the summer workouts.

So far this summer, the Wolves have had nine team practices at home and a full 10 workouts at Eastern. And Sigurdson decided to keep the momentum going into the next two weeks.

“I told them (on Monday), rather than start from scratch it would be dumb of us to forget that we’ve had 19 turnouts already, so we’re going to try and work on the stuff that we identified through spring ball and Eastern camp,” Sigurdson said, “things that we need to improve on and (doing it) consistently.”

Pease started all 10 games for South last year but he and Hammrich will fight it out for the starting position once again this year. And while they are old hands at the QB camp, there were a few kids getting there first taste of South football.

“There were two kids out here (Monday), and that was their first time out here, and it’s really a disadvantage (for them),” Sigurdson said. “We’ve had 19 turnouts, and all those other quarterbacks were at all 19 of them. For those guys to show up (Monday), it’s a tough road for them. But they scrambled and they will do fine.”

Monday’s session saw all nine quarterbacks work on footwork, dropping back to pass and proper pivots on certain running plays. Sigurdson said they would do more throwing on the final day.

The final workout before August practices will come next week at the South Kitsap football camp. The camp is open to boys in grades 7-9 and 10-12. The junior high sessions run from 9-11 a.m. each day while the high school session will go from 6-8:30 p.m.

Both sessions will turnout in pads and Sigurdson said they will be doing some fundamental blocking and tackling but most likely will not scrimmage.

All practices will be held at the SK field or adjacent practice field.

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