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Originally published Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

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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.


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THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS

Manase Kamoto

OL/DL, 6-0, 305, Sr., Kennedy Catholic

Size, strength, speed — he could be school’s all-time best D-lineman.

Jake Thurber

QB/DB, 6-3, 185, Sr., Kennedy Catholic

Natural athlete is a big-time hitter now taking the reins on offense.

Devon Jackson

QB/DB, 6-0, 190, Sr., Lindbergh

Third-year starter hopes to lead Eagles back to the Class 2A state playoffs.

D’Shaun Sims

OL/LB, 6-0, 225, Sr., Lindbergh

Returning two-way all-leaguer has high football IQ and motor.

Patrick Straight

WR, 5-7, 135, Sr., Foster

Home-run threat led Seamount with 652 receiving yards and 8 TDs.

Marquise Lee

RB/DB, 5-11, 205, Sr., Hazen

Dynamic player can be a game-changer when he touches the ball.

Nolan Hoover

QB, 6-2, 175, Sr., Hazen

Strong-armed field general threw league-best 16 TDs last fall.

Gaige Early

WR/DB, 5-11, 165, Sr., Evergreen

Has the jets, and the heart, to make big plays on both sides.

Elijah Clayton

QB/LB, 6-0, 230, Sr., Renton

Earns raves on and off the field from his coaches.

Montae Rainwater

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.

COACHES POLL

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.

Sandy Ringer



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