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The shiny gold helmet with the large SK design on the side can be found on the sideline at each South Kitsap football game. While the helmet isn’t new, it had a revamp in the offseason and mimics helmets from the early days of the sport.

Senior Hezekiah Moore said the tradition of the helmet was already in place at South, but it was updated to mean something different for the 2019 season — grit and toughness.

The South Kitsap Gold “Iron Wolf” helmet is pictured along the sideline during a game at Ed Fisher Field at Kitsap Bank Stadium in Port Orchard. (Photo courtesy/South Kitsap football)

Moore said his initial thoughts when he saw the revised helmet — which includes an “old-school” single-bar facemask — was curiosity.

“Curious to see how hyped this would get during Friday nights and if it would work,” he said. “First game we had it, the payers really got into it. The home crowd got into it as well, after a few turnovers and they realized what it was for.”

South Kitsap football coach Dan Ericson said the coaching staff will reward any tough football plays, especially ones that represent winning plays.

“Like takeaways, great blocking, tackling,” he said. “We are also getting back to old-school physical play on offense.”

South Kitsap senior lineman Jacob Johnson wears the Gold “Iron Wolf” helmet last month as teammates Peter Quichocho, left, and Nik Randall, right, are also pictured.
(Photo courtesy/South Kitsap football)

Moore agreed.

“Everyone we play against might be bigger, stronger, and faster,” Moore said, “but one thing about the people on this side of the bridge is that we fight with grit and whoever we play is gonna remember the hits they took from us the next morning.”

Moore said he hopes it becomes a long-standing tradition.

“I think the helmet is beneficial,” Moore added. “The celebration on the sideline is so much more amped up because one of our players get to wear the helmet, and most of all because we get to celebrate with the crowd who gets wild when they see that helmet.”

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