October 16, 2009 · Updated 2:18 PM
South Kitsap Wolves (6-0) @ Stadium Tigers (2-4)
Time: 7 p.m. Stadium @ Stadium Bowl.
Stadium Coach: Jess Nelson, third year.
League Affiliation: Narrows League.
Offensive formation: Wing-T.
Defensive formation: 3-4.
Last year’s Record: 1-9.
2008 playoff results: Stadium did not qualify for the state playoffs.
Key returners: OL Kyle Brady, 6-2, 230, sr.; RB/DB DeSean Dixon, 5-8, 180, sr.; WR Nathan Henley, 6-0, 165, sr.; OL Desi Morrow, 6-2, 230, sr.; TE/K Dominick Vizzare, 6-4, 210, sr.
Stadium vs. South Kitsap: South leads 22-4.
Last meeting with South Kitsap: The Wolves won 44-6 last year at Joe Knowles Field.
D.J. Sigurdson vs. Stadium: 1-0.
Last week: Stadium lost 27-19 at Olympia.
Overview: South Kitsap has won 20 consecutive meetings in the series since Stadium’s 16-7 win in 1976. But Nelson, who played for a traditional state power at Tumwater High School, seems to be turning the perennial dormant Tigers around. “The first year was about believing in ourselves,” Nelson told The News Tribune in August. “The second was about competing. The third is having a mindset, expecting that we can win. And we’re there.” Stadium broke its 27-game losing streak with a 21-19 win last month against Foss and followed it with a 46-20 victory against Mount Tahoma. It marked the first time since 2000 that the Tigers won consecutive games. But Stadium also has been hurt by injuries. Perhaps its biggest offensive threat, running back Kendall McNeil, was upended and landed on his head during last week’s game against Olympia. McNeil entered the contest with 600 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Third-year starting quarterback Cameron Robak was injured early in the season and replaced by sophomore Tyler Stumph.