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South Kitsap rebounds with 45-3 win at YelmOctober 6th, 2012 at Sat, 6th, 2012 at 12:26 am by chrischancellor
YELM – Its defense was presented with a variety of formations.
But South Kitsap had just one goal: stop the run.
The Wolves did plenty of that during the first half as they built a big lead en route to a 45-3 win Friday night in Class 4A Narrows League play.
“We finally put one together for a full 48 minutes,” South coach Eric Canton said. “I’m happy for the kids. They needed this one.”
That is the case because South (4-2 overall, 2-2 league) was upset 15-14 on Sept. 28 against Olympia. The setback dropped the Wolves out of the top four positions in 4A Narrows, which earn playoff berths, but they regained that by beating the Tornados (3-3, 1-2).
“Every game is the playoffs for us,” Canton said. “We can’t afford to slip up.”
South ensured that would not happen when it scored on all four of its first-half possessions. The Wolves used a 12-play drive that culminated with a play-action fake by senior quarterback Kevin Whatley, who scrambled for a 5-yard touchdown.
After forcing a three-and-out, it appeared South quickly would double its advantage when Whatley found senior wide receiver Devon Newquist for a 32-yard completion down to Yelm’s 10-yard line. But the drive never advanced from there and the Wolves were forced to settle for a 26-yard field goal by senior R.J. Polen.
The second quarter was more of the same as sophomore Cooper Canton was inserted at quarterback and guided South down to the Tornados’ 21, where he faced fourth-and-5. On that play, Canton scrambled right and found Whatley wide open for his first touchdown pass.
Eric Canton said he was looking for a situation to get his son some experience, but struggled to find an appropriate time during the first five games as many were close.
Canton said it also was an opportunity to showcase Whatley’s versatility. He had 42 yards on two receptions.
“He makes plays,” Canton said.
After Yelm’s third consecutive three-and-out, coach Randy Swilley elected to try and put the ball in his son’s hands. But Jacob Swilley, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons, was stopped for a 5-yard loss.
The Wolves took over at the Tornados’ 38 and needed just two plays – a 23-yard pass by Whatley to senior Nic Stoner and a 15-yard touchdown run by Adam Gascoyne – to take a 24-0 advantage with 4:41 minutes left in the first half.
Yelm responded with a 12-play drive to score its only points when Vernon Parker kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired.
South took advantage of two more fourth-down stops in the third quarter. The first occurred at the Wolves’ 29, but they built an eight-play drive that culminated with a 10-yard touchdown run by Gascoyne, who rushed for a game-high 125 yards and had two touchdowns on 19 carries. South then stopped Swilley at the Tornados’ 22. Two plays later, senior running back Li’i Kalima scored on a 1-yard run to extend the Wolves’ lead to 38-3.
Their final touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Canton pulled most of his starters. Despite that, senior Chris Willett broke a 35-yard touchdown run with 6:21 left. South rushed for 278 yards and averaged 7.3 hashes per carry.
Yelm finished with 164 rushing yards, which was four per carry. But many of those came late in the game, including a 20-yard run by Kyle Brownell in the fourth quarter when the Wolves’ starters were out.
“We kind of shut [Swilley] down when it mattered,” Canton said. “Our defense played so well. It has all year.”
Gascoyne said the defensive coaches prepared South well for the Tornados.
“We knew what jobs we had to do and we all did them,” he said. “If we play like this nothing can stop us.”
South next plays its Narrows’ crossover game at 7 p.m. Friday at Lincoln (3-3). The Abes, who average 31 points per game, figure to present another challenge for the Wolves’ defense.
“They always have athletes,” Canton said. “They’re scary.”
South Kitsap 45, at Yelm 3
South Kitsap 10 14 14 7 – 45
Yelm 0 3 0 0 – 3
SK-Kevin Whatley 5 run (R.J. Polen kick)
SK-Polen 26 FG
SK-Whatley 26 pass from Cooper Canton (Polen kick)
SK-Adam Gascoyne 15 run (Polen kick)
Y-Vernon Parker 35 FG
SK-Gascoyne 10 run (Polen kick)
SK-Li’i Kalima 1 run (Polen kick)
SK-Chris Willett 35 run (Polen kick)
Passing-Kevin Whatley (SK) 7-9-0-104, Cooper Canton (SK) 2-3-0-42, Kyle Brownell (Y) 3-5-1-7, Jacob Swilley (Y) 1-1-0-3.
Rushing-Adam Gascoyne (SK) 19-125, Marshaud DeWalt (SK) 7-74, Li’i Kalima (SK) 4-21, Whatley (SK) 2-23, Chris Willett (SK) 4-41, Canton (SK) 1–5, Illya Tsveytkov (SK) 1-0, Brownell (Y) 10-52, Swilley (Y) 28-105, Quentin Buck (Y) 1–2, Anthony Allred (Y) 2-9.
Receiving-Ryan Camp (SK) 1-8, Bryce Broome (SK) 2-15, Devon Newquist (SK) 2-44, Whatley (SK) 2-42, Nic Stoner (SK) 1-23, Tom Simpson (SK) 1-14, Swilley (Y) 3-7, Brownell (Y) 1-3.