SK cruises into post-season

There were three objectives in mind for South Kitsap’s regular season-ending game on Friday night against Bremerton: Win, stay healthy and make sure everyone plays.

The Wolves met or exceeded each of its objectives, closing out their schedule with a 41-0 win over the hapless and winless Knights, but also found out just minutes after the game that their plans for a mini-playoff on Tuesday night to decide the order of seeding for the preliminary round of the state playoffs wouldn’t be needed.

South and Gig Harbor took care of business Friday night but North Kitsap’s 27-10 win over Shelton broke what had been a three-way tie for first place and decided the order of finish in the Narrow’s League Bridge Division standings without a playoff.

The Tides claimed their second title in three years, while South fell into the No. 2 slot and the Vikings grabbed the third and final postseason position.

South, 6-3 overall and 6-1 in league play, will travel to Snohomish on Saturday at 7 p.m. to face Arlington, the second seed out of the WesCo North Division in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

Gig Harbor will host a playoff game against Skyview, while North Kitsap heads east to face unbeaten Puyallup.

Had Shelton beaten North, there would have been a mini-playoff on Tuesday night to decide the order of finish, giving the Wolves a second chance at claiming its first division title since 2002.

“We had a chance to win, and you don’t often get a second chance,” South coach D.J. Sigurdson said of the team’s earlier 34-31 double-overtime loss to Gig Harbor that would have clinched the title for the Wolves, “so it’s probably just justice. All we needed to do was get two first downs and we win the game, so...”

Instead, South will have to settle for a chance to make the Class 4A state playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Wolves’ 23-year consecutive playoff streak was broken by Mountain View in 2003.

All that aside, the Wolves closed out their regular season on a high note, playing through the rain to post their first shutout since Oct. 24, 2003, a 51-0 win over Port Angeles.

“I’m happy with the way it went because we planned for the possibility of getting a lot of kids in and we suited up 64, and 64 played,” Sigurdson said. “And about 58 played a significant amount, which is good.”

South used the first three offensive series of the game to work on its hurry-up offense and jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead before the wave of second- and third teamers began making appearances.

Knowing they were in for a short night, the starters wasted little time getting their licks in.

“That created a little bit of intensity, a little bit of focus and concentration,” Sigurdson said. “They didn’t get a lot of reps in practice this week.”

Chad Fowler carried the ball just six times but racked up 80 yards and scored on a 36-yard run, while quarterback Kyle Pease completed five of six passes for 68 yards and score.

Senior wideout Monte Enyeart caught three balls for 57 yards, including a 19-yard TD, while Tyler Goddard returned a punt 48 yards for a score.

But Friday night belonged to the reserves.

Josh Burlingame made the most of his touches, rushing for 68 yards on three carries, while Stephan Tucker netted 49 yards on three tries, including a 37-yard TD run. Backup QB David Hammrich completed three of seven passes for 63 yards and scored on a 2-yard run.

Defensively, the Wolves kept the Knights in check, allowing just 219 total yards, 165 coming on the ground.

In fact, there were very few mistakes, which was surprising considering the number of players shuffling in and out of both sides of the ball and on special teams.

“It was good for them to be as focused as they were to get that done, I was happy,” Sigurdson said. “Very few mistakes, the one substitution mistake was me. I sent a kid in in the wrong place.”

South Kitsap 41, Bremerton 0

Score by quarters

South Kitsap 14 14 13 0 - 41

Bremerton 0 0 0 0 - 0

Scoring summary

SK - Chad Fowler 36 run (Quincy Lyman kick)

SK - Tyler Goddard 48 punt return (Lyman kick)

SK - Monte Enyeart 19 pass from from Kyle Pease (Lyman kick)

Sk - David Hammrich 2 run (Lyman kick)

SK - Stephan Tucker 37 run (Maguiel Peredo kick)

SK - Anthony Catalano 24 run (Pass failed)

Team statistics

South Kitsap Bremerton

First down 15 9

Rushes-yards 38-287 48-165

Passing yards 131 64

Return yards 161 13

Passes (C-A-I) 9-15-1 6-19-0

Punts 0-0.0 8-26.5

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0

Penalties-yards 13-115 3-25

Individual statistics

Rushing: South Kitsap - Cory Hawkins 2-12; Chad Fowler 6-80, TD; Orry Perez 9-24; Kyle Pease 1-5; Stephan Tucker 3-49, TD; Jonathan Quilantang 1-0; David Hammrich 1-2, TD; Brandon Merrick 4-15; Matt Mehs 1-4; Michael Pulkrabek 3-11; Anthony Catalano 5-41, TD; Josh Burlingame 2-44. Bremerton - Danny Fulton 4-4; Jamiere Abney 15-50; Moises Lovinaria 14-40; PJ Mallhi 11-57; Chris Martindale 3-14; Brandon Datuin 1-0.

Passing: South Kitsap - Pease 5-6-0, 68 yards, TD; Hammrich 3-7-1, 63 yards; Kylan Dorsey 1-1-0, 0 yards; Chip Pearson 0-1-0, 0 yards. Bremerton - Lovinaria 6-19-0, 64 yards.

Receiving: South Kitsap - Ryan COsgrove 1-34; Enyeart 3-57, TD; Jason Read 1-17; Chris Hogan 1-40; Sam Carson 1-13; Shaun Nunez 2-10. Bremerton - George Skurtu 1-1; Gary Gribbin 1-11; Abney 1-4; Joseph Napier 2-44; Fulton 1-4.

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