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Olympia a tall order for Wolves

Wolves quarterback Gordy Anderson leads the team into Friday’s home finale against undefeated Olympia. - Kenny Gatlin Photo
Wolves quarterback Gordy Anderson leads the team into Friday’s home finale against undefeated Olympia.
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South Kitsap has already lost two league games this season. Olympia hasn’t lost that many since 2004.

In fact, the Bears haven’t even lost a Narrows League football contest since then.

They have won 24 consecutive league games since their last loss, 14-12, on Oct. 22, 2004, at Lincoln. And the Bears team that plays South at 7 p.m. Friday at Joe Knowles Field just might be their best.

Olympia (7-0 overall, 6-0 league) has allowed just 4 points per game this season — the Narrows average is 23.6 — and has shut out four teams. Others, such as Lincoln, have scored against the Bears in the second half when coach Bill Beattie has substituted his starters with backups.

The Bears are perhaps the best team South has played since it lost 64-20 in 2004 at Bellevue.

That team is considered by some as the best in state history. Bellevue won the Class 3A state championship that year and ended De La Salle’s (Calif.) national-record 151-game winning streak.

South lost 33-13 in last year’s league crossover game against Olympia at Mount Tahoma High School.

“We’re going to be ready for them,” South senior running back Sean Allison said. “I hope they expect a game because we’re definitely going to bring a game.”

•Passing away: Foss entered the game with a run-to-pass ratio of about 2 to 1, but the offense evenly split its 50 plays against South. Quarterback Davante Peterson completed 11 of 12 passes for 224 yards in the first half. He finished 17 of 25 for 285 yards and three touchdowns.

“He’s extremely poised and he throws the ball very accurately,” South coach D.J. Sigurdson said. “I think our corners were trying to keep everything in front of them.”

He said the Falcons didn’t do anything they hadn’t seen, and credited Peterson and his wide receivers for their execution.

“There was space and they ran good routes,” Sigurdson said. “He delivered the ball on time and very accurately.”

South defensive end Greg Pickard said the Wolves countered with some scheme changes that featured a three-man defensive line in the second half.

That allowed South to put an extra defensive back in an effort to slow Peterson.

It seemed to work as the Wolves recovered from a 12-7 halftime deficit to take a 21-12 lead with 9:56 left in the game. But Peterson threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns to give Foss the lead until Allison’s game-winning touchdown run with 56 seconds left.

“We thought we had them down in the third quarter, but they kept fighting back,” Sigurdson said.

• Reducing penalties: A week after being penalized 10 times for 150 yards in a 21-13 homecoming win against Bellarmine Prep, the Wolves were flagged just twice for 10 yards in Friday’s 29-26 win against Foss at Mount Tahoma High School.

“I was proud of them,” Sigurdson said. “Not having to overcome them as well as the other team was good.”

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