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FOOTBALL CAPSULE | Newport at South Kitsap

• Time: 7 tonight @ Joe Knowles Stadium

• Newport Coach: Mike Miller, 10th year

• League Affiliation: Class 4A KingCo League

• Offensive formation: Wishbone

• Defensive formation: 4-3

• Last year’s Record: 7-4

• 2012 playoff results: Newport lost 41-14 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs against Mead.

• Key returners: FB/DE Conner Baumann, 6-2, 210, sr.; TE Drew Sample, 6-5, 225, sr.; OL Calvin Throckmorton, 6-6, 260, jr.

• South Kitsap vs. Newport: The series is tied, 2-all.

• Last meeting with Newport: South won 33-27 on Sept. 7, 2012.

• Last week: Newport won 35-7 last week at Capital.

• Eric Canton vs. Newport: 1-0.

• Overview: Newport has been steady under Miller’s direction. Since taking over the program in 2004, the Knights never have won fewer than four games or more than seven contests. Beating Newport last year probably was Canton’s biggest victory at this point in his tenure. That is because the Knights featured dual-threat quarterback Isaac Dotson, who combined for more than 1,800 yards and 28 touchdowns rushing and passing last season. The Wolves did not secure the victory until Bryce Broome intercepted Dotson, who now plays at Washington State University, with about 30 seconds remaining. Miller said he might rotate juniors J.P. Routen and Jordan Sandberg at quarterback this season. While neither is as explosive as Dotson, both have plenty of targets. Sample caught a team-high five touchdown passes last season and his size gives Newport a pair of top-notch blockers when paired with Throckmorton. The Knights’ size does not end there. Baumann is a large, physical back who rushed for 1,338 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. Newport also has depth in the backfield with Brian Setijono and Paul Wells returning. The Knights scored 35 points in their opener and offensive production should not be an issue for them. But they only held one opponent to less than 13 points last season. Newport’s ability to contain its opposing offenses should determine how well it performs this season. This marks the Knights’ first visit to South. Before last season the programs met three times in the state playoffs from 1992-94.

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