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Bears maul SK, 42-6
The long line of league championship banners decorated the horseshoe as usual at Joe Knowles Field.
But this time, it was Olympia that celebrated that feat.
The Bears handled South Kitsap similar to just about every other team they’ve played with a 42-6 win Friday at Joe Knowles Field. It was the largest margin of victory by a road team against South since North Kitsap’s 62-7 win in 2004.
A playoff spot likely will be contingent on a South win in its regular-season finale at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln.
“I think all we can do is put this game behind us,” Wolves junior quarterback Gordy Anderson said. “Don’t even think about it at all.”
South coach D.J. Sigurdson wasn’t quite ready to think ahead, though.
“You don’t want to come out and play like that,” he said. “It was poor. Just poor tackling.”
A week after Foss quarterback Davante Peterson threw for 285 yards in a 29-26 loss against the Wolves, Olympia focused on the running game to produce 323 yards. Senior running back Dylan Parsons, who had 182 yards on 14 carries, scored on runs of 7 and 15 yards to give the Bears a 14-0 lead into the second quarter.
“We knew if we came out hot and got a good push off the line, we would run right past these guys,” said Parsons, who holds an offer from Oregon State and plans to visit Washington today.
But Olympia (8-0 overall, 7-0 league), which is ranked second in the 4A classification, did pretty much whatever it wanted offensively. Senior quarterback Willie Willard completed 10 of 14 passes for 184 yards and helped give the Bears a 28-0 lead at halftime. He scored on a 1-yard keeper and followed with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Numia Magalei with 13 seconds left in the half.
One significant difference was the amount of “explosive plays” — ones that go for 20 yards or more. The Bears produced seven of those to one for South.
“It was a poor effort at times,” Sigurdson said. “We didn’t play very tough.”
The Wolves (5-3, 4-3) opened the second half with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown by Anderson. That actually is better than most — Olympia’s defense only allowed 4 points per game entering the contest — but that’s as good as it would get for South.
Any comeback possibility was thwarted on the ensuing series by the Bears when pass interference was called on a fourth-and-12 pass by Willard into the end zone. Two plays later, Parsons scored his third touchdown on a 1-yard run to give Olympia a 35-6 lead with 1:14 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Bears, who produced 507 yards of total offense to South’s 235, added one more touchdown on a 23-yard run by junior running back Jordan Pine with 8:01 left.
Olympia now has won 25 consecutive Narrows League games. Its last league loss was a 14-12 setback Oct. 22, 2004 at Lincoln.
“Obviously they’re a very good team,” Sigurdson said. “I just thought we would answer the bell a little better than that.”
Sigurdson said he’s concerned with how his team will respond from the loss. He said they would have a film session Saturday and decide what adjustments need to be made from there.
“We have some work to do,” he said. “This is not something you just wake up from tomorrow.”
Olympia 42, at South Kitsap 6
Olympia 14 14 7 7 — 42
South Kitsap 0 0 6 0 — 6
O-Dylan Parson 7 run (Sam Bingaman kick), 8:04
O-Parsons 15 run (Bingaman kick), 2:11
O-Willie Willard 1 run (Bingaman kick), 8:14
O-Numia Magalei 8 pass from Willard (Bingaman kick), 0:13
SK-Gordy Anderson 1 run (kick blocked), 6:42
O-Parsons 10 run (Bingaman kick), 1:14
O-Jordan Pine 23 run (Bingaman kick), 8:01