Here are some thoughts on South Kitsap’s Week 1 victory over Central Kitsap:
- Coming off a rough 2013 season, I thought South Kitsap needed this win more than Central Kitsap, which made the playoff last year and had beaten South Kitsap the past two years. The teams are in different divisions now — South Kitsap (Narrows 4A), Central Kitsap (Narrows 3A) — and Friday’s game did nothing to improve or harm either teams’ playoff chances. But from a confidence standpoint, the Wolves winning on the road to begin the season with a W was crucial. South Kitsap has a difficult test this Friday against Peninsula at home, while Central Kitsap takes on Olympic in the Battle of Bucklin Hill.
- Was I surprised at the 21-3 score? Yes. I picked the Wolves to win 27-21. Honestly, the game could have been 41-3 had South Kitsap not shot itself in the foot with 14 penalties and dropped a wide open touchdown in the second half. Also, South Kitsap twice knocked itself out of scoring position with bad snaps from center. The Wolves are working out of the shotgun formation and quarterback Cooper Canton looked out of rhythm on plenty of occasions simply because the snap from center was off target (mostly low). Twice he had to fall on the ball to prevent CK from recovering a fumble. It’s something to watch in the next few weeks.
- Both teams switched to 3-4 defenses in the offseason, so I was interested to see how things would go in the trenches Friday. Well, the Wolves pretty much shut down CK’s running game, while the Cougars did little to slow down SK’s Marshaud DeWalt, who went off for 148 yard and three touchdowns. The Cougars don’t have a lot of big bodies up front. The Wolves do, albeit young big bodies. I think CK will have an easier time rushing in league play. The Cougars have some nice wideouts and the return of tight end Brion Anduze, recovering from offseason hamstring surgery, will be a boost.
- This guy didn’t get his name in the paper Friday, but I thought South Kitsap linebacker/fullback Ramon Morin had a heck of a game. Had a nice catch on third down when he grabbed a pass over the middle for five yards, then dragged about half of Central Kitsap’s defense down the field for a 50-yard gain. Also had some bone-rattling hits on defense.