South Kitsap opponent at a glance

Week 1

Kennewick Lions (0-0) vs. South Kitsap Wolves (0-0)

Time: Noon Saturday @ Qwest Field

Kennewick Coach: Bill Templeton

League Affiliation: 3A/4A Big Nine Columbia Division

Last year’s Record: 2-8 overall and 2-4 in league.

2008 playoff results: Kennewick didn’t qualify.

Starters: WR Dallin Brimley, 5-10, 160, sr.; LB Marshall Brinson, 6-2, 200, sr.; QB Trent Brown, 6-2, 200, sr.; OL Xavier Campos, 5-7, 210, jr.; OL Ivan Diaz, 5-10, 260, soph.; DL Jacob Gonzalez, 6-0, 265, sr.; OL Devin Homer, 6-3, 240, sr.; RB/LB KC Hooper, 6-2, 205, sr.; Travis Klein, 6-3, 210, sr.; WR/DB/P Drew Loftus, 6-2, 175, jr.; DL Tyler Morfin, 6-5, 245, jr.; WR Brett Oliver, 5-11, 155, sr.; DB Devven Ramos, 6-0, 160, fr.; DB Taran Schultz, 6-0, 150, sr.; TE/DL Travis Sharp, 6-6, 230, sr.; DB Jared Simmons, 5-8, 160, sr.; OL Austin Wilkie, 6-0, 290, sr.; DL Tyler Zaback, 6-7, 230, sr.

Kennewick vs. South Kitsap: Kennewick leads series 1-0.

Last meeting with South Kitsap: Kennewick defeated the Wolves 49-21 in the 1983 Class AAA state semifinals.

D.J. Sigurdson vs. Kennewick: First meeting.

Overview: The Lions were an inexperienced team last season, but many contributors and starters are back. There are seven returning starters on the defensive side, and Kennewick has a large defensive line with three starters who are at least 6 foot 5. Offensively, Trent Brown returns after throwing for 887 yards last season with 13 touchdowns. He also was intercepted 13 times. “He understands the game better,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton told the Tri-City Herald. “He put a lot of work in.” The Lions also have depth in the running game that will feature a rotation similar to South. Brown’s top target is Drew Loftus, who had 355 yards and three touchdowns on 27 receptions. Kennewick finished just 2-8 last year, but Templeton believes that could’ve been a lot different. “We lost two overtime games — one game with 3 seconds left on a field goal,” Templeton told the Tri-City Herald. “In all but two games, we were within a touchdown or so going into the fourth quarter.” With both Templeton and D.J. Sigurdson excited about their defensive fronts, the game might come down to which team can run the ball more effectively. Last year’s 44-6 win against Stadium was the Wolves’ season-opening win since 2002. Sigurdson has a 5-7 record in openers, including South’s 1998 forfeit loss against Cascade.

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