CK hopes to learn from past to improve in tough conference

Central Kitsap Coach Mark Keel would be the first to admit that his team has some growing to do in this rebuilding season.

SILVERDALE — Central Kitsap Coach Mark Keel would be the first to admit that his team has some growing to do in this rebuilding season.

“Last year, I believe, we did what we could with who and what we had,” said Keel. “We need to build off the experience we gained last year, learn from our mistakes and have a more successful season.”

The Cougars went 4-6 in 2016, including a 4-3 mark in district play. Keel expects more.

That improvement will rest largely on the shoulders of some key returning players, including ILB Roque Blas; RB D’Andre Sincere; DBs Tristan Barr, Bradley Dykstra and Alika Sarono; OLs Elijah Sousou, Reece Wood and Thomas Ingles; DL Derrick Lovelace; and QB Tyler Tubbs.

“All of these guys will bring much-needed experience to our team,” said Keel.

With all of that, Keel recognizes that the challenges that CK faces on its way to a winning season and the playoffs.

“This will be a much more competitive league this year,” Keel said. “We are getting four teams coming down for the 3A classification Then there is Peninsula, which is always a tough team. Add that to our old 3A Narrows League, and we will have to be ready to compete every week.”

Keel says he doesn’t see a soft game on the schedule, which opens Saturday night, Sept. 2 and 7 p.m. at Silverdale Stadium.

“We are hoping to be competitive and fast,” he said. “We want to put on a good show and play very disciplined, tough football.”


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