Staff photo/Tate Thomson Bottom left to right: Ian Volk, Brandon Brown, Dakota Gabler-Brown, Ben Webb, Austin Wynne, Claudio Ochoa, Wade Swirtz, Jackson Briggs, Isacc Myer, Will Leeming, Noe Lopez. Top left to right: Mike Walters, Teagan August, Gavin Mason, Bryan Wolf, Milo Geiser, Jaden Jones, Kaden Ritchie, Ethan Germain, Emron Geiser, Tyler Davis, Jordan Lawson. Westin Swirtz not photographed

Wolverines football, strong for the season

The Friday Harbor High School Football team is ready to rumble.

“I’m looking forward to a good season,” said Wolverines head coach Brock Hauck, who’s been coaching high school football for six years but is new to the Friday Harbor helm this year. “We’re small in number, but the kids have a great attitude and they’re working hard.”

The team has lost some seniors and the freshman class is small; the team is also battling a few injuries and other difficulties, said Hauck.

The team came out hard for the traditional two-a-day practice schedule that starts the fall sports season. They’ve been hammering their timing on a new offensive scheme as well as putting their hearts into intensive physical conditioning, preparing to play.

“Being small in number, the kids are going to have the play both sides of the football and be in shape and be on the field all four quarters,” said Hauck. “We’re doing lots of running and ‘man-makers’, clandestine exercises which involve lifting weights and surmounting a myriad of other difficulties, which Hauck declines to specify.

The team’s first game was on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Sedro Woolley, played against Vancouver, Washington’s Seton Catholic team.

“The boys have worked really hard,” said Hauck. “I demand a lot from them, but in doing that I really am trying to instill value in them to be the best they can be as an individual. They come together as a team – they really have jelled in that way, so I really am proud of the guys because I have pushed them hard. Our goal is to make the playoffs, and I really think that we can achieve that goal. They take two teams from our league this year, and I really think we can be one of those teams.”