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Central Kitsap Cougars (2-2) @ South Kitsap Wolves (4-0)
Time: 7 p.m. Friday @ Joe Knowles Field
Olympia Coach: Mark Keel, 10th year
League Affiliation: Narrows League
Offensive formation: Shotgun
Defensive formation: 3-3 stack
Last year’s Record: 9-4.
2008 playoff results: The Cougars made their deepest playoff run in school history, losing 31-13 against Issaquah in the Class 4A state semifinals.
Returning starters: OL/DL Jake Brouker, 6-0, 200, jr.; WR/DB Maurice Brown, 6-1, 160, jr.; OL Conner Chesser, 6-4, 312, sr.; OL/DL Brian Chhor, 6-1, 220, jr.; RB/DB Marcus D'Angelo, 5-10, 180, sr.; RB Devin Dozier, 5-11, 185, jr.; RB Devon Lewis, 5-10, 200, jr.; WR/DB Preston Nelson, 5-9, 155, sr.; QB/DB Brett McDonald, 6-1, 180, jr.; RB/LB Cody Meadows, 5-11, 175, jr.; WR/DB Christian Wesley, 6-4, 210, sr.; OL/DL Spencer Williams, 5-9, 340, sr.; OL/DL Morgan Yarber, 6-1, 260, sr.
Top newcomers: RB/DB Monterill Anderson, 5-8, 175, sr.; RB/DB Bryce Henderson, 6-1, 175, soph.; RB/DL Ryan Lea, 5-11, 165, soph.
Central Kitsap vs. South Kitsap: The Wolves lead the series 42-24-4.
Last meeting with South Kitsap: Central Kitsap won 14-13 last year at Silverdale Stadium.
D.J. Sigurdson vs. Central Kitsap : 6-4.
Last week: Central Kitsap defeated Lincoln 31-18 at Silverdale Stadium.
Overview: The Cougars lost perhaps the top offensive combination in the Narrows League when quarterback Jason Simonis, who passed for 1,328 yards and 18 touchdowns, and running back Howie McDonald graduated. After rushing for 1,864 yards and 22 touchdowns, McDonald took his skills to Eastern Oregon University. But Central Kitsap still has talent offensively, particularly at wide receiver where Christian Wesley has received some Pac-10 recruiting attention. The Cougars are third in the Narrows League with an average of 27.5 points per game. But Central has struggled containing offenses outside of schools in Tacoma. In their two losses, the Cougars surrendered an average of 35 points per against Kentwood and Gig Harbor. Rivalry games between Central and South generally have been entertaining, though. The Wolves have a commanding lead in the series, but most of that was based on their dominance of Central in the early years of both programs. Both teams have defeated each other 21 times since 1949 along with a tie in '68. The Cougars have won the last two meetings, while South has victories in 5 of 9 meetings between the schools since 2000.