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SK lambastes Oly 45-6
PORT ORCHARD Change, the old saying goes, is good.
But the change South Kitsap football coach DJ Sigurdson made last week might cause teams in the Bridge Division to disagree with that. And for good reason.
Shannon Haney, starting at tailback in place of Jon Shepherd, ran for 173 yards on 23 carries and scored three times, taking full advantage of his first-ever start to lead the South Kitsap Wolves to an easy 45-6 victory over Olympic (0-3 league, 2-3 overall) Friday night at Joe Knowles Field.
The victory keeps the Wolves (3-0 , 3-1) in a tie for first place with Shelton and North Kitsap atop the Bridge Division of league play. South Kitsap faces North Kitsap at 7 p.m. Friday night in Poulsbo.
This was a big game for us, Haney said. Jon wanted to play defense and we made some changes. I just saw some holes and tried to run through them.
Haney, a senior who played football his sophomore year but not his junior year, had seen some limited action at tailback this year but was promoted to starter when Shepherd, who hurt his leg in last weeks win over Central Kitsap, was shifted to a larger roll on defense.
(Haney) is such an athletic kid, we knew hed fit in well with the running backs, Sigurdson said. We didnt want to give him too much to do right way.
Haney did most of his damage in the first half, scoring on runs of 20 and 19 yards as the Wolves jumped out to 38-0 lead. He left the game after a 16-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
And while Haney was making the most of his start, and he will continue to start Sigurdson said, defensivebacks Charlton Mason, Craig Senter, Patrick Kelly and Brent Nickerson went work shutting down Olympic quarterback Jeff Shaw.
I was concerned going in, Sigurdson said.
We knew (Olympic) could move the ball. I was happy that we had the kids in the right spots. I liked the consistency that our safeties and cornerbacks had.
Shaw completed just three of 12 passes for 22 yards and had an interception returned for a 34-yard score by Mason. Linebacker Chris Anderson scored as well, returning a fumble 47 yards for the games first points.
The Trojans are on the road again this Friday at Port Angeles (1-2, 2-3.)