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Wolves hang on to defeat Abes
By CHRIS CHANCELLOR
The game ended a couple of hours short of Halloween, but there was no shortage of tricks and treats for South Kitsap in its Narrows League regular-season finale.
South produced 381 yards of total offense and had a 27-point lead at halftime. At that point, it seemed like the only discussion for the final 30 minutes was when Wolves coach D.J. Sigurdson was going to pull his starters?
But it took an interception by Sean Allison on a fourth-and-20 pass by quarterback Shane Stagg from his own 35-yard line with 20 seconds remaining to finally secure a 37-29 victory Thursday night at Lincoln.
“We were fighting for our lives,” Sigurdson said. “I wish I could explain it. I can’t and I’m going to attempt to.”
There isn‘t a lot more clarity on the playoff picture. South (6-3 overall, 5-3 league) finished tied for fourth in the 11-team Narrows with Bellarmine Prep, but the Wolves own the tiebreaker because they beat the Lions, 21-13, on Oct. 10. South plays the Class 4A Greater Saint Helens League champion either Friday or Saturday.
Skyview beat Heritage 55-15 on Thursday and pending the outcome of last night’s Evergreen at Mountain View game, there could be a three-way tie for first place in the Greater Saint Helens. In that case, there will be a Kansas-plan tiebreaker format at 6:30 p.m. Monday according to the (Vancouver) Columbian newspaper. Skyview and Heritage would play the first game with the winner advancing to play a second game that night against Evergreen for the No. 1 seed.
South’s spot appeared in peril early when Lincoln capped a 12-play, 65-yard drive with a 3-yard keeper by quarterback Shane Stagg to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
But the Wolves scored 34 unanswered points to end the half with what appeared to be a secure lead. Quarterback Gordy Anderson, who completed 4 of 9 passes for 81 yards, found Leon La Deaux for a 39-yard touchdown pass to tie the game, 7-all, entering the second quarter.
Sigurdson then turned to the running game where Robert Issa, who had 81 yards on 11 carries, scored on touchdown runs of 6 and 46 yards. Those runs were sandwiched one from Ryan Williams, who stiff-armed a defender and then raced downfield untouched for a 71-yard touchdown.
Lincoln (3-6, 3-5), which has lost its last three meetings against the Wolves, allowed the final touchdown when wide receiver Mike Alonzo went over the middle for a 26-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Dorsey as time expired in the first half.
The Abes, who were eliminated from playoff contention last week, never quit, though. Sophomore running back Jordan Russell, who rushed for 155 yards on 18 carries, scored on an 8-yard touchdown run. After a 24-yard field goal by Drew Klopfstein, Russell scored on a 70-yard carry to cut South’s lead to 37-21 headed into the final period.
Lincoln started its next possession at South’s 48-yard line when Greg Coleman intercepted Dorsey. A pair of face-mask penalties helped the Abes move to the South 7, where Stagg scored on a keeper with 10:22 minutes left. Stagg then connected with Wade Sparks on a two-point conversion to cut the Wolves’ advantage to eight points.
“I was scared,” Issa said. “They definitely had me nervous.”
That’s when South’s defense stepped up. Lincoln gained three first downs on its final two drives, but never advanced beyond its own 46.
“It’s happened a couple of times now,” Issa said. “I’m liking it.”
South faced a similar situation when Sean Allison broke a 68-yard touchdown run with 56 seconds left a back-and-forth game to give the Wolves a 29-26 win two weeks ago against Foss. Sigurdson said he could do without the last-minute drama, but he won’t complain about getting wins.
“We’re happy to move on,” Sigurdson said. “Every game we have to fight for our lives.”
South Kitsap 37, at Lincoln 29
South Kitsap 7 27 3 0 — 37
Lincoln 7 0 14 8 — 29
L-Shane Stagg 3 run (Carlos Olivares kick), 6:40
SK-Leon La Deaux 39 pass from Gordy Anderson (Drew Klopfstein kick), 5:15