Here is an inside look at the 2019 Kamiak Knights football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
1-8 in 4A Wesco (seventh place)
Bryant Thomas, second season
Offense – 7. Defense – 9.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
WR Wesley Garrett, 6-0, 170, so.
QB Nick Laman, 6-2, 175, jr.
RB/TE Nolan Martin, 6-1, 190, so.
WR Syrus Vanetta, 5-10, 160, jr.
OL Cayden Wotipka, 6-3, 240, so.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Damon Crouse, 6-1, 180, jr.
DL Mark Holcomb, 6-3, 250, so.
DB Dylan James, 5-10, 160, so.
DB Jacob Sung, 6-2, 190, jr.
LB Jonak Valera, 5-10, 196, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Wesley Garrett, wide receiver
He’s burst on scene in a big way this summer, and will be offense’s go-to playmaker
Dylan James, defensive back
It will be his debut on defensive side, and he’s shown shutdown cornerback ability
Syrus Vanetta, wide receiver
More experienced in baseball, he will occupy starting slot job to utilize quickness inside
There were times in Thomas’ five seasons at Auburn Riverside that his teams would score 10 touchdowns in a span of a couple of games.
But last season, that is the total an overwhelmed Kamiak offense posted in his first year.
Part of that was by design: Thomas knows his small, underclassmen-heavy group (he started nine ninth graders) would not match up physically with the rest of the 4A Wesco, so he employed a triple-option offense to limit opponents’ possessions.
Winning games will still be tough — even Thomas admits the team is a year away from mid-league consideration — especially with just two seniors on the roster for 2019. But at least the Knights are getting better athletes out, led by Garrett, Vanetta and Martin.
Sept. 6: at Blanchet, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at North Kitsap, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Mariner, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: Glacier Peak, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Lake Stevens, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Cascade of Everett, 8 p.m.
Oct. 18: Monroe, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Mount Vernon, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Jackson, 7 p.m.