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South Kitsap Wolves (1-0) at Central Kitsap Cougars (0-1)

• Time: 5 p.m. Friday @ Silverdale Stadium

• Central Kitsap coach: Mark Keel

• League Affiliation: Narrows League

• Last year’s Record: 9-1 overall and 4-1 (second place) in the Narrows League Bay Division.

• 2007 playoff results: The Cougars lost in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs, 31-17, against Bothell.

• Returning starters: RB/LB Howie McDonald, 5-8, 190, sr.; QB Jason Simonis, 6-5, 190, sr.; RB/LB Richie Meier, 6-0, 195, sr.; WR/DB Christian Wesley, 6-4, 205, jr.

• Top newcomers: QB/DB Brett McDonald, 5-10, 175, soph.; TE/DE Brandon Durham, 6-6, 220, sr.; RB/DB Devin Dozier, 6-1, 210, soph.

• CK vs. SK: SK leads series 43-23-4.

• Last meeting: Central Kitsap won last year’s game, 49-21, on Sept. 14 at Silverdale Stadium.

• Last week: Central Kitsap lost 42-19 against Punahou of Honolulu in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic on Saturday at Qwest Field.

• D.J. Sigurdson vs. Central Kitsap: 6-3.

• Overview: The Cougars host South for a second consecutive year in one of the West Sound’s most intense rivalries. Since 1950, each team has won 20 times in the rivalry in addition to a 14-14 tie in 1968. Central graduated tight end Caleb Brown, a unanimous first-team, all-state selection a year ago, but still has plenty of offense back from a team that gave South its largest margin of defeat in the rivalry since a 38-8 setback in 1973. Running back Howie McDonald rushed for 1,518 yards and 16 touchdowns during the regular season. Quarterback Jason Simonis threw for 1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns to four interceptions last season. The Cougars averaged a Narrows League-best 31.4 points per game last year and surrendered just 16.3. Central’s star basketball player, Brandon Durham, elected to turnout for football this year. Keel expects him to make an impact on defense.

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