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Next Up: Shelton

South Kitsap Wolves (2-2)

at Shelton Highclimbers (0-3)

Time: 7 p.m. Friday @ Highclimber Stadium

Shelton Coach: Matt Hinkle

League Affiliation: Narrows League

Last year’s Record: 6-4 overall and 5-1 in the 3A Western Cascade Conference.

2007 playoff results: Shelton hasn’t advanced to state since 1991, when it was a AA school.

Returning starters: Shelton returns just one starter on offense, 6-foot-1, 250-pound senior guard Abe Schlauderaff.

Shelton vs. South Kitsap: Shelton has been solid against one of the state’s largest schools and among its most storied programs, South Kitsap. The Highclimbers are 7-8 against the Wolves,

Shelton vs. the Narrows League: The Highclimbers also were successful during their previous stint in the Narrows.

They posted winning records in four of their five seasons and won the Bridge Division with a 9-0 overall record and 7-0 league mark in 2004.

Last week: Bonney Lake defeated Shelton, 42-14.

Overview: Traditionally a run-oriented team, the Highclimbers’ scheme will be much different this year because the school’s athletic director and offensive coordinator, Bill Hicks, resigned during the offseason and was replaced by 1999 Shelton graduate Cary Nagel.

The Highclimbers will now run a spread offense — which the Wolves struggled to defend in their 23-13 loss to Gig Harbor on Friday night.

Hinkle said the offense will resemble the one previously used by Washington State University under Mike Price, in addition to the ones run by Prosser and Skyline high schools.

Both schools are known for producing college quarterbacks and wide receivers, and most importantly, winning.

The offense generally uses one running back and features as many as four or five wide receivers.

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