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Colin Cossette does it all for Kennedy Catholic
Seattle Times staff reporter
BURIEN – If opponents sometimes tire of seeing Colin Cossette all over the football field, imagine how he feels.
Especially when he scores at the end of a long drive, boots the PAT, kicks off and then hustles back on defense. Cossette is Kennedy Catholic’s jack-of-all-trades. Oh, and he punts and is back on punt and kickoff returns, too.
“He’s out there every second,” coach Bob Bourgette said, “and he’s never complained.”
He wants to do as much as he can to prolong the Lancers’ season, and his prep career – even if it is exhausting.
“I get a little tired at times, but it helps the team, so it’s worth it,” Cossette said.
An extremely young team that would likely not be in the Class 3A playoffs without him. Cossette (5-11, 215) is one of only two senior starters for the 5-4 Lancers, who play Seattle Prep (4-5) Friday at 7 p.m. at Highline Stadium.
Cossette comes in with 1,589 all-purpose yards, including 1,327 rushing on 195 carries, a 6.8 average. With 23 touchdowns, 20 PATs and a field goal, he has accounted for 161 of Kennedy’s 239 total points.
“We’ve tried to lighten his load, but we just couldn’t,” said Bourgette, who was an assistant coach on the staff when Cossette’s father played for Kennedy in the late 1970s.
Kicking comes naturally to him, Cossette said, as he’s played soccer since he was a young kid. But his favorite role?
“I like running the ball, having the ball in my hands and being able to make a play for the team,” Cossette said.
Cossette, who saw some varsity time as a freshman and cracked the starting lineup his sophomore season, was a first-team choice on offense in the All-Seamount voting and is the league’s No. 1 nominee to the all-state game. He plans to play football in college and has received some interest from a few Big Sky programs. But his focus now is helping the Lancers win more games.
“In the playoffs, anything can happen,” he said. “We haven’t played our best game yet. I think we can surprise some people.”
• Kentwood’s Bubba Fuga recorded a school-record 19 tackles in the Conquerors’ overtime win against Kentlake last week as they secured a share of the SPSL 4A North title and No. 1 playoff berth.
• How dominant was Curtis’ defense in the 32-7 victory over Federal Way last week? The Eagles were held to minus-13 yards rushing. Speedy junior Chico McClatcher kept his scoring streak alive with an 89-yard touchdown reception, but it was the only game this season where he hasn’t found the end zone more than once.
• Aberdeen won the three-way Class 2A tiebreaker Tuesday night between Aberdeen/Washougal/Hockinson to receive the playoff berth. They take on No. 2 Tumwater on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tumwater District Stadium.
Seattle Times staff reporter Kaelyn Sayles contributed to this report.