Here is an inside look at the 2019 Graham-Kapowsin Eagles football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
10-2 in 4A SPSL (second place); lost to Lake Stevens in 4A quarterfinals
Eric Kurle, 15th season
Offense – 4. Defense – 9.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
WR/TE Eython Daugherty, 6-2, 190, sr.
RB Michael Kelley, 6-2, 235, sr.
WR Malaki Roberson, 5-9, 165, sr.
OL Gavin Smithson, 6-3, 255, sr.
QB Nate Thomas, 6-2, 185, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Nassier Ford, 6-0, 225, sr.
DL Nico Gallo, 5-9, 235, sr.
DB Tino Hansen, 5-10, 180, sr.
DB Seth Olmos, 5-10, 170, sr.
DB Elija Reed, 5-10, 190, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Eython Daugherty, wide receiver
Receiving group has wide array of skills, but he is physical presence between hashes
Tino Hansen, defensive back
Entire starting secondary returns, led by this all-league strong safety, who hits with flair
Malaki Roberson, wide receiver
Nearly a 1,000-yard receiver last year, here comes league MVP/all-state type breakout
You lose a four-year starting quarterback like Dylan Morris (9,815 yards, 99 TDs), and you have to take a step back, right?
Not so fast.
The Eagles were nearly unstoppable during spring football, winning two prestigious passing tournaments with Thomas running the show — and the likes of Roberson, Daugherty and Hansen catching passes.
But here is why they are the league favorites: Their deepest and most talented units — both lines — were not even showcased in offseason tournaments.
On offense, Smithson is an all-league center, and sophomore Vega Ioane is a high-upside newcomer at left tackle who has worked with alumnus Foster Sarell, now at Stanford.
And on defense, twin sophomores Curtis and Hunter Hill — arguably Graham-Kapowsin’s two best players — will add immediate pass-rushing pressure with Ford and Gallo.
Sept 6: Sheldon (OR), 7 p.m.
Sept. 12: Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19: at Emerald Ridge, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Puyallup, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Olympia, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at South Kitsap, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Curtis, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Rogers of Puyallup, 1 p.m.
Oct. 31: Sumner, 7 p.m.