First Impression: Vibe positive at KlahowyaAugust 16th, 2012 by Annette Griffus
(Editor’s note: As the Kitsap Sun staff makes its way around Kitsap to the different football camps, we’re going to try and bring you a few impressions of what we see.)
It’s a word that hasn’t been uttered around Klahowya Secondary School the last several years when it comes to the Eagles football team, but the players are speaking it now.
They’re talking playoffs. Yes, playoffs.
After just two official days of practice, the newness and excitement is to be expected. But after talking with seniors Josh Ganowski, Jacob Sheets and juniors Keigen Langholff and David Leer, they believe the goal of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2004 can be achieved.
And like head coach Dan Ericson says, “Why not Klahowya?”
It certainly helps that they had 60 players turn out, out of a male student body of 460. That’s a pretty good ratio for the 2A school that doesn’t have a football tradition.
The four players want to change that this year.
From what I saw of practice Thursday, leadership and character are not lacking in the boys.
During running drills, when the biggest linemen were struggling to finish in the mid-morning heat, they were supported by teammates jogging with them and encouraging them to finish.
They were also hitting pretty well and talking about the correct way to tackle and game-day situations among themselves. A good sign for coaches as they can’t be everywhere and the players seemed to have a lot of initiative.
Klahowya might be a bit of a sleeper in the Olympic League, but the 2012 season could have more parity from top to bottom than it’s seen in a long time.
And that could be good news for Klahowya.