2014 preps football preview: Seamount League
Lindbergh went 6-0 in league play last season to earn a Seamount title traditionally owned by Kennedy. The two are expected to battle again for this year’s crown.
OL/DL, 6-0, 305, Sr., Kennedy Catholic
Size, strength, speed — he could be school’s all-time best D-lineman.
QB/DB, 6-3, 185, Sr., Kennedy Catholic
Natural athlete is a big-time hitter now taking the reins on offense.
QB/DB, 6-0, 190, Sr., Lindbergh
Third-year starter hopes to lead Eagles back to the Class 2A state playoffs.
OL/LB, 6-0, 225, Sr., Lindbergh
Returning two-way all-leaguer has high football IQ and motor.
WR, 5-7, 135, Sr., Foster
Home-run threat led Seamount with 652 receiving yards and 8 TDs.
RB/DB, 5-11, 205, Sr., Hazen
Dynamic player can be a game-changer when he touches the ball.
QB, 6-2, 175, Sr., Hazen
Strong-armed field general threw league-best 16 TDs last fall.
WR/DB, 5-11, 165, Sr., Evergreen
Has the jets, and the heart, to make big plays on both sides.
QB/LB, 6-0, 230, Sr., Renton
Earns raves on and off the field from his coaches.
RB/DB, 5-8, 160, Sr., Highline
Explosive runner knows all the right moves, too.
THE STORY LINES
Coaching carousel continues
Six of the seven Seamount schools with football programs (Tyee co-ops with Mount Rainier) have hired new coaches the past two seasons. This year, the three newcomers are Jim Wright (Evergreen), David Kilpatrick-White (Hazen) and Tim Tramp (Renton). They join second-year returners Matt Leonard (Foster), Asosa Sailiai (Highline) and Matt Leamer (Lindbergh). On the other end of the spectrum is Bob Bourgette, now in his 20th season as head coach at Kennedy Catholic and 43rd at the school overall.
Can Lindbergh repeat?
The Eagles went 6-0 in league play last season to earn a Seamount title traditionally owned by Kennedy (the Lancers had won 19 of the previous 24). The two are expected to battle again for this year’s crown.
Kennedy hopes for a real home-field advantage
At long lost, Kennedy will have a home stadium on campus, funded by William Eisiminger (the same man behind Seattle University’s William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center). But the Lancers will have to continue to play at Highline Stadium until its completion. That could be as early as the Sept. 20 homecoming game against Renton, according to Bourgette, but might not happen until later in the season.
THE CAN’T-MISS GAMES
Sept. 25: Foster vs. Hazen, 7 p.m., Renton Stadium
• Some think the Bulldogs might have the most improved team in the league and they’ll have the chance to show it.
Oct. 3: Lindbergh vs. Kennedy Catholic, 5 p.m., Highline Stadium (unless Eisiminger Field is ready)
• If this isn’t for the Seamount championship, it will come as a big surprise.
Oct. 3: Renton vs. Foster, 7 p.m., Neudorf Stadium (Foster)
• Could decide a berth into the Class 2A state playoffs.
Predicted order of finish for the Seamount League, based on a survey of league coaches, with 10 points for first-place vote, nine for second, etc. (first-place votes in parentheses). Coaches not allowed to vote for their own teams.
School, 2013, Points (1st-place votes)
1. Kennedy Catholic, 5-5, 58 (4)
2. Lindbergh, 10-1, 57 (3)
3. Hazen, 5-4, 50
4. Renton, 4-6, 42
5. Foster, 3-7, 39
6. Evergreen, 2-7, 37
7. Highline, 1-9, 29
Note: Hazen and Kennedy Catholic are 3A schools for postseason purposes, and the others 2A; in 2013, Highline was also 3A.