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Average Pro | Week 5 musings from the gridiron in Central Kitsap, Bremerton
Well, that was fast.
The 2010 high school football season will reach Week 5 of 10 Friday, marking the midway point of the regular season for Central Kitsap, Bremerton and Olympic high schools and Klahowya Secondary School.
FIVE THINGS WE KNOW
1. Olympic misses Larry Dixon: The school’s all-time rushing leader carried Olympic to the state tournament three times in as many seasons from 2007-09, but now plays for the United States Military Academy. The team has yet to win a game without Dixon, and the running game hasn’t been nearly as effective. Dixon rushed for more than 5,000 yards during his career and found the end zone 26 times in 2009. This year, the Trojans have managed three rushing touchdowns and 493 yards, choosing to pass more.
2. Central Kitsap can reach state, again: The Cougars enter Week 5 with a 3-1 record, their lone loss coming on the road last week against power Olympia High School, 21-13.
Central Kitsap has reached state three seasons in a row, advancing to the semifinals in 2008, and it is poised for a return.
With a stingy defense and a playmaker at quarterback, look for coach Mark Keel’s team to make the playoffs.
3. Two players are carrying the entire load for Bremerton: Running back Kyle Kennedy and wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner Sabian Perrigo have scored 11 of Bremerton’s 12 touchdowns this season.
Where would the Knights be without the duo?
4. Klahowya has a long way to go: Any optimism Klahowya had before the season has already washed away.
After going 0-10 in 2009, the Eagles are off to an 0-4 start and have been outscored by 173 points. They haven’t scored in three of their four games, either.
5. It’s a rough year for teams in the Silverdale/Bremerton area: Bremerton, Olympic and Klahowya are a combined 1-12 this season.
Five — OK, THREE — BURNING QUESTIONS
1. Which coach is sitting on the hottest seat?
This isn’t professional or college sports — winning isn’t everything — but it’s a question that needs to be asked: Between Bremerton’s Nate Gillam, Klahowya’s Lyle Prouse and Olympic’s Allbee, who’s under the most pressure to win?
Prouse is 0-14 since taking the helm at Klahowya. The closest his team has come to winning occurred during a game in which it failed to score a point, losing 7-0 to North Kitsap High School last week.
Prouse deserves leeway because his team doesn’t have the depth of other schools and this is only his second year. Still, the Eagles have been shut out in half the games he’s coached (seven of 14) and they have allowed at least 50 points in eight of them.
Allbee is in his first season as Olympic’s “official” head coach — he was the interim last season as former coach Eric Allen battled brain cancer — and the first-year man has already managed to get kicked out of a game. Olympic is winless in 2010, on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and Allbee was relegated to cheerleader last week as he served a one-game suspension for arguing a call during a loss Sept. 17.
Gillam, who is 8-46 since becoming Bremerton’s coach in 2005, said before the campaign that his team could have a breakthrough season.
But the Knights are winless in league play and 1-3 overall, stuck in familiar territory — the basement of the standings. It’s not too late to make the season a success, but the clock is ticking.
2. When will Klahowya win a game?
The coaches and players are working hard, and for that they deserve recognition, but it’s impossible to ignore the squad’s losing streak.
It’s nearing 20 games and dates back to 2008.
The Eagles have lost 17 straight since a win over Kingston in 2008. If Klahowya doesn’t win over the next six games, the streak will carry into 2011.
3. Who is the Olympic League’s best team?
Port Angeles is undefeated, 4-0 overall, and is one of three teams yet to lose an Olympic League game. Port Angeles? Really?
Yes, the Roughriders, the same guys who were winless a year ago and entered the season with a 4-26 record since 2007. North Mason and Sequim high schools also are undefeated in league play.
The title could be determined by who fares best when any combination of those squads meet later this season.
FIVE HOUSEHOLD NAMES
1. Brett McDonald: The do-it all senior is Central Kitsap’s starting quarterback and one of its top defenders in the secondary. McDonald has thrown for three touchdowns and rushed for two, providing a run-pass threat in Central Kitsap’s speed option attack. He also is one of the team’s leading tacklers after earning all-league status in 2009.
2. Kyle Kennedy: Bremerton’s running back is having the most productive season of his career. The 215-pound senior has rushed for a team-high six touchdowns and 678 yards, averaging more than 200 a game before a 30-yard effort Sept. 24 in a loss against Sequim. He also plays linebacker, leading the team in tackles.
3. Sabian Perrigo:Perrigo has scored five touchdowns this season and is one of the most versatile players in the area. He plays wide receiver and defensive back, returns kicks and is Bremerton’s place kicker. Perrigo has a team-high three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and he also has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
4. Central Kitsap’s defense: Built on speed and aggression, the Cougars’ defense is allowing 9.5 points per game. The unit had forced 11 fumbles in three games entering a Sept. 24 loss against Olympia High School, 21-13, the team’s first setback of the season.
5. Devon Lewis: The running back leads Central Kitsap with six rushing touchdowns and gives power to the defense at linebacker.
FIVE GAMES TO MARK ON THE CALENDAR
1. Central Kitsap at Gig Harbor, Oct. 8: In a game that will have playoff implications — Gig Harbor is 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Narrows League — the Cougars will defend one of the state’s top prospects in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the 6-foot-7-inch, 260-pound tight end who will play next season under coach Steve Sarkisian at the University of Washington.
2. Bremerton at Olympic, Oct. 23: Although both teams may still be looking for their first league victory, the rivalry game is always a must-see. Gillam has never beaten Olympic, who won 14-12 last season.
3. South Kitsap at Central Kitsap, Oct. 29: In the regular-season finale, the Cougars could be playing for a berth to the playoffs as they host the rival Wolves, who have sputtered to a 1-3 start.
4. Olympic at Klahowya, Oct. 29: With each passing week, it’s becoming more likely this will be a battle of winless teams. It’s also the final league game for both teams.
5. Playoffs: If the season ended today, Central Kitsap would be the lone Silverdale/Bremerton area team to qualify.
Team Overall League
Port Ang. 4-0 2-0
N. Mason 3-1 2-0
Sequim 3-1 2-0
Kingston 2-2 1-1
N. Kitsap 1-3 1-1
Bremerton 1-3 0-2
Klahowya 0-4 0-2
Olympic 0-4 0-2
Sequim 48 at Bremerton 14
at North Mason 48 Olympic 22
N. Kitsap 7 at Klahowya 0
Port Ang. 14 at Kingston 9
Kingston at Klahowya
Olympic at Port Ang.
Bremerton at N. Kitsap
Sequim at N. Mason
Narrows League (4A)
Team Overall League
Bell. Prep 4-0 2-0
Gig Harbor 3-1 2-0
Olympia 3-1 2-0
C. Kitsap 3-1 1-1
Shelton 2-2 1-1
Mt. Tahoma 1-3 0-2
S. Kitsap 1-3 0-2
Stadium 1-3 0-2
at Gig Harbor 38 Stadium 6
at Shelton 28 S. Kitsap 18
at Bell. Prep 18 Mt. Tahoma 12
at Olympia 21 Central Kitsap 13
Gig Harbor at S. Kitsap
Bell. Prep at Central Kitsap
Olympia at Mt. Tahoma
Shelton at Stadium