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Trinity Wilhite

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Olympia varsity football with a disappointing loss, playing against the under estimated Curtis team. Head Coach Steve Davis states, “We came out flat onto the field, and we never got into sync.” Olympia fans cheered in the bright neon colors for the theme of neon night, Olympia Bears lost 14-17 on this eventful night. A disappointing loss for the bears, but it won’t stop the fight. September 8th, the Bears won 28-14 at the night of O-Zone against Roger High School, Senior, Quarterback Kenter Young said, “We played slow, not our best first home game” while talking about the game. Senior, Center and Defensive End Logan Wood says, “The team didn’t play well, we could have beat Rogers by a lot more. It was tight in the first half but in the second half we pulled through. We took a knee at the end of fourth quarter when we could have scored”. But then we had a devastating loss against Curtis which shook the school. “We looked more at the stats and not the actual players” said Coach Davis talking about Friday the 22nd’s game. Senior, Running Back Owen Shea says, “We came out slow but we never picked it up” was the issue with the Curtis game. The Bears fought hard until the last ticks of the clock.

These players have been playing for a very long time, Logan Wood, Owen Shea, Tyson Holloway, Adam Berg, since fourth grade, Corbin Hartsock since third grade, and Ketner Young played flag football since kindergarden. The football team is portrayed to be like a family, and it’s Hartsock’s “favorite thing”. The positions are as important as the players, there are 10 positions taken up on the Olympia Football Team, there is the quarterback, wide receiver, double back, running back, linebacker, tight end, outside linebacker, offensive line, defensive line, and center. Holloway calls himself “a big boy” when playing his position as a offensive line and defensive line, he also says “it’s rewarding, a quiet position but it’s great to help.” Wood states, “I don’t get all the credit but it’s feels great to lead the way for defense” talking about his position as a Center. Sophomore, Linebacker Erica Grant is a girl player on Varsity and Junior Varsity, she made Olympia High School history in being the first girl ever to play in a varsity game. Grant says, “I am proud to be playing football but not necessarily being the only girl. I definitely think other girls should play.”  

The fans scream cheers that the cheerleaders lead and are decked out in Olympia gear. Do we really know if the fans help the team players? “Yes it does, it’s always awesome to hear the student section dominate the cheering at the game. I definitely helps gets ready during pregame and during the game.” sophomore Tyler Woods states. Friday night football games, also known as, Friday Night Lights (FNL) are known to be one of the biggest gatherings of the students during outside of school activities. FNL’s are a great social scene; the concessions, the screaming fans, the band playing, cheer cheering, drillers dancing, and Pepper the Bear dancing around. Some say it’s their favorite part of the year. “The social aspect of it all, cheering in the stands with your peers and all the energy buzzing around.” is what makes the whole experience of Friday Night Lights worth it for a sophomore Lia Kellogg. We the student have a huge impact in everything we do, as little as going to the football game to make the turn out even bigger than it was the week before.

Coach Beattie left the school last year after coaching 22 years, sad to say he went to Tumwater High School. Does that affect the team? Coach Davis says, “I don’t think so, all the assistant coaches are still here. The program hasn’t changed much.” But, that is the coach’s point of view, how do the players feel? “There is definitely a higher expectation for intensity and discipline. Our team really has something special this year and the coaches are a big part of it. They’ve pushed us harder than ever in the weight room and gone over tons of film in the off season.” said Woods. Young says, “We are only taking steps forward, Coach Davis has really stepped up.” A common theme with the varsity boys, “Seamless transition, not a lot has changed” said Senior Center, and Defensive End Logan Wood, “The team has been affected positively, coach Davis has really stepped up” says senior, Offensive Line and Defensive Line Tyson Holloway. Senior, Receiver Adam Berg states, “The coach change has brought us closer as a senior class, we had to come together in the time with no coach.” Coach Davis said he worked with Coach Beattie for all 22 of Coach Beattie’s years, Coach Davis has been working for 26 years. The football program is adapting to the changes that have been made over these years.

There is a tough schedule of Graham Kapowsin High School and and Sumner High School coming. Wood says, “They are beatable. We just need to go into the game with the mindset of winning.” Sumner High School is the team the varsity football team plays on the 6th of October, Young said, “Last year we had a close game with Sumner, they are a good team. We just need to show that we are a good team as well.” Coach Davis says, “We have a few tough games coming but I’m excited for the challenge.”

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