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FOOTBALL | Tides roll over South Kitsap in league play

By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
Port Orchard Independent Editor
September 20, 2013 · Updated 2:52 PM
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South Kitsap running back Marshaud DeWalt slips through the Gig Harbor defense for a large gain during a 49-28 loss to the Tide on Sept. 20. / Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo

PURDY — Gig Harbor’s no-huddle spread offense scored twice within the first two minutes of the game as the Tides whipped the South Kitsap Wolves for a 49-28 win in 4A Narrows League action Friday night at Roy Anderson Field.

It was the league opener for both teams.

The loss dropped the Wolves record to 1-2 overall.

“We have not played very well the last two weeks,” said South coach Eric Canton, whose team lost 35-14 on Sept. 13 against Newport. “We need to decide if we want to compete or not.”

Tides running back Sterling Brown opened up the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run that capped a five-play, 65-yard drive with 10:51 left in the first quarter. Senior kicker Tyler Anderson tacked on the first of seven point-after kicks for a 7-0 lead.

South’s  Dylan Garcia fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Tides recovered the ball at the Wolves’ 32-yard line.

“We’re not taking care of the basics — blocking, tackling, hanging onto the football,” Canton said.

Forthy two seconds later, Brown sliced through the Wolves’ defense for a 7-yard TD run and Gig Harbor took a 14-0 lead.

A squib kick gave South the ball at the Tide 47. Running back Marshaud DeWalt’s 28-yard run helped set up quarterback Cooper Canton’s 18-yard TD pass to Brayden Maynard with 7:16 in the first.

Nolan Souza nailed the PAT that cut the Tides’ lead in half, 14-7.

Gig Harbor answered South’s score when quarterback Conner Scanlan found Santana Johnson for an 18-yard TD pass.

But South answered with its second score. Terro Bell had four consecutive carries for 30 yards as the Wolves reached the Tides’ 20.

Logan Knowles’ 19-yard reception from Canton set up Bell’s 1-yard plunge with less than three minutes in the first.

Early in the second, Scanlan put Gig Harbor up, 28-14, on a 3-yard TD run that capped a nine-play, 71-yard drive.

After both teams traded possession, South pulled to within a score. Bell’s 1-yard TD run capped a 12-play drive with 59 seconds left in the first half. But the Tides blocked Souza’s PAT kick for a 28-20 margin.

Just when the Wolves thought they have pulled within striking distance, Gig Harbor scored again.

Johnson returned the kickoff 58 yards to the South’s 27 with 32 second remaining until the half. Six seconds later, Scanlan lobbed a 27-yard TD pass to Cody Alcott for a 35-20 halftime lead.

The Tides scored on their first possession of the second half. Scanlan slipped past the Wolves defenders for a 13-yard TD run.

With 5:14 left in the third, Gig Harbor scored their final TD on quarterback Davis Alexander’s 22-yard TD pass to Alcott.

South’s final score came midway in the final period. DeWalt rambled 26 yards for the score, then Canton connected with Maynard for the two-point conversion.

The Wolves missed another opportunity to score late in the game. Quarterback Conner Reed was stopped short of a first down at the Tide 3-yard line with less than two minutes left to go.

South returns home to face Bellarmine Prep at 7 p.m. Friday.

“It’s a great question,” said Canton, when asked how his team will respond to adversity. “We’ll see. We better respond or it’s going to be a long season.”

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