The Kitsap Sun’s 2014 high school football preview will be out Sept. 4. Until then, here’s a look at some of the best games on this year’s schedule.
Next week, I’ll be writing about our featured Week 1 games: South Kitsap at Central Kitsap and Bainbridge at North Kitsap. I think I’ve gotten the SK-CK pick wrong more than I’ve gotten it right over the past seven years. My gut is telling me the Wolves find a way this year after dropping the last two against the Cougars, while my head tells me the Vikings cruise against the Spartans.
What about the rest of the regular season schedule? Well, I’ve gone through and picked what I believe are 10 of the best contests from Week 2 through Week 9. I pick winners and make a handful of predictions along the way (I do reserve the right to alter these as the season progresses!)
Remember, it’s not personal. It’s just my two cents.
Week 2, Central Kitsap at Olympic: There is no way the Cougars want to lose this one heading into Narrows League play. I’m predicting Central Kitsap linebacker Eric Ledesma finishes with a dozen tackles in this one as the Cougars win fairly easily 28-10.
Week 2, Peninsula at South Kitsap: Two of Peninsula’s top players — senior quarterback Robert Kvinsland and sophomore lineman Cody Kanouse grew up in the South Kitsap School District. They’ll return to Port Orchard to face the team they could have played for had they not moved away. The Tacoma News Tribune has Peninsula ranked No. 6 in the state among Class 3A teams. In a shootout, I say the Seahawks beat the Wolves 31-28.
Week 3, Klahowya at Port Townsend: First place in the Olympic 1A division is likely between the Eagles and Redhawks. These teams play again in Week 7 at Klahowya. I’m predicting the boys in green sweep.
Week 4, North Mason at Kingston: The Buccaneers won this game 31-13 last season, but it was a physical matchup that wasn’t decided until the fourth quarter. I predict the Bulldogs get even this time around, winning 28-14 while forcing three turnovers.
Week 5, Gig Harbor at South Kitsap: If South Kitsap wants to make the postseason, this is a victory the Wolves need to get. SK lost 49-28 on the road last season. This time, South Kitsap prevails 30-24 with running back Marshaud DeWalt scoring a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Cooper Canton throwing for two more.
Week 5, North Kitsap at North Mason: This might be the toughest league game on North Kitsap’s schedule. The Vikings beat the Bulldogs 42-28 last year. This one is closer, 30-21.
Week 6, O’Dea at Bainbridge: The Spartans have never beaten the Irish and it isn’t going to happen this year, either. Bainbridge usually views the O’Dea game as its measuring stick. Irish win by a mile, 48-10.
Week 7, Central Kitsap at Lincoln: The Cougars are newcomers to the Narrows 3A. Lincoln took second in the division last year. Maybe this is the season Abes coach Jon Kitna returns one of my phone calls? Doubt it. Lincoln wins 24-20.
Week 7, Olympic at North Mason: This might be the toughest game of the season to decide at this point. My head tells me the Trojans escape Belfair with a 28-27 win, scoring the game-winning touchdown with three minutes left to earn a chance to play North Kitsap in Week 9 to decide the Olympic League title. I’d feel better about that pick if the game was in Silverdale.
Week 9, Olympic at North Kitsap: In a stunning upset … nah, just kidding. The Vikings show why they were preseason favorites to win the Olympic League as North Kitsap beats Olympic 34-13. NK running back Kyle North rushes for two touchdowns and eclipses 1,000 for the season.