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FOOTBALL CAPSULE | Central Kitsap at South Kitsap

Central Kitsap (6-2) vs. South Kitsap (3-5)

• Time: 7 tonight @ Joe Knowles Field

• Central Kitsap Coach: Mark Keel, 14th year

• League Affiliation: Class 4A Narrows League

• Offensive formation: Pistol

• Defensive formation: 3-3 stack

• Last year’s Record: 8-2

• 2012 playoff results: Central Kitsap lost 10-7 in the 4A state play-in game against Roosevelt.

• Key returners: TE Brion Anduze, 6-4, 215, jr.; RB/DB Vaughn Beebe, 5-10, 165, jr.; LB Andrew Kain, 5-9, 190, sr.; OL Jordan Nesser, 6-1, 230, sr.; QB/DB Andrew Schwieterman, 5-10, 170, sr.; TE/LB Taylor Soete, 6-1, 220, sr.; OL Brady Walter, 6-0, 215, sr.

• South Kitsap vs. Central Kitsap: South leads the series 44-26-4.

• Last meeting with Central Kitsap: The Cougars won 21-14 on Oct. 26, 2012.

• Last week: Central Kitsap won 21-14 in a nonleague contest at Foss.

• Eric Canton vs. Central Kitsap: 0-1.

• Overview: Central Kitsap has featured several athletic offensive threats in recent years and this season has been no different even with the graduation of star running back Nick Zawadzki. The Cougars moved Schwieterman from quarterback to wide receiver in an effort to utilize his athleticism and give CK the ability to run the zone read. The move has worked well as Schwieterman has developed into one of 4A Narrows’ biggest offensive threats. Soete had developed into another one of quarterback Riley Paschal’s favorite targets. In addition to those receivers, CK has a capable running game led by Beebe. Despite that, it has been a bit of an uneven season for the Cougars. They lost 41-0 on Sept. 20 at Bellarmine Prep, a team that will win the league championship with a victory tonight at Gig Harbor, then upset Olympia 28-21 on Oct. 11. On Friday, Olympia won 28-10 at Bellarmine to give the Lions their first league loss. There also is the matter of home-field advantage, which has been significant between the Cougars and Wolves. The home team has won the last seven games. Neither team has won on the road in the series since South’s 49-42 victory on Oct. 20, 2005, at Silverdale Stadium. The Wolves have a commanding lead in the series, but most of that was based on their dominance of CK in the early years of both programs. Each team has won 23 times in the rivalry since 1949 along with a tie in ’68.

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