It has been a long time since the South Kitsap High School football team lost to Stadium.
Long as in 39 years ago.
South Kitsap’s winning streak over Stadium — stretching 26 games — came to an end Saturday afternoon at the Lincoln Bowl as the Tigers defeated the Wolves in a 48-40 shootout behind Jamon Chambers’ 28 carries for 238 yards and two touchdowns. .
South Kitsap fell to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in 4A Narrows League play.
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Stadium coach Thomas Ford wasn’t aware of his team’s lengthy losing streak to South Kitsap stretched back so far.
“Wow. That’s incredible,” Ford said. “I had kind of heard them saying how long it had been …That’s pretty incredible that it’s been that long since we had beat South (Kitsap). That’s pretty big.”
South Kitsap not only lost the game, the Wolves lost two starters — quarterback Jake Taylor and running back Izaiah Davis — to potential concussions on consecutive plays in the third quarter. Davis stayed down after he was tackled and was complaining of neck pain. He was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center as a precautionary measure. Davis was alert and able to move.
Senior Cole Craner came in at quarterback and kept South Kitsap in the game in the fourth. He threw a 59-yard strike to junior wideout Izaijha Byrd and scrambled for a 23-yard score, breaking out of several tackles in the process, but a bad snap on the extra point kept South Kitsap trailing, 41-40. It was one of two bad snaps on the day that doomed extra-point tries for senior kicker Nolan Souza, who also missed a 27-yard field goal.
Defensive breakdowns hurt the Wolves, along with penalties — it was a pass interference penalty called on South Kitsap on fourth down, then an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the coaching staff for protesting the call that gave Stadium a first and goal that led to a touchdown and their first lead of the day, 13-7, in the second quarter.
“We didn’t capitalize on a lot of opportunities,” South Kitsap coach Gavin Kralik said. “The kids are playing hard and I think they’re getting better, but it’s tough going here unfortunately.”
Stadium running back Jamon Chambers ran for a 2-yard score late in the fourth to push the Tigers’ lead to 48-40. South Kitsap senior wideout Albert MacArthur was picked off by Tigers free safety Cody Scholeler on Stadium’s 5-yard line late to effectively end the game.
“Hats off to Stadium — Stadium made a bunch of plays today,” Kralik said. “We had mistakes that you would definitely not like to have, but they played a great game.”
South Kitsap hosts Timberline on Friday.