Central and Eastern Washington football notebook: Mt. Spokane’s Kannon Katzer turning heads

Twitter bios sit near at the top of a user’s profile, and exist for people to describe themselves in a sentence or two. Mt. Spokane running back Kannon Katzer’s is short and sweet. 

It reads: “Committed to the University of …” followed by a blank space and an hourglass. 

Determined to get a shot at college football, the senior, who feels at times overlooked, wants to make sure coaches don’t miss him. 

And he’s off to quite the start: 468 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns, including a kick return for the 2-0 Wildcats. (He was also voted the Scorebook Live Athlete of the Week.)

“I kind of knew coming in,” Katzer said, “I’ve had this mindset. I don’t want to take a play off. This is my last shot. I’ve had this dream for a long time. No time off. No chances.”

Katzer attended Mead for two years and was an honorable mention all-Greater Spokane League selection as a sophomore. He transferred to Mt. Spokane then, two games into his junior season, took a hit to the hip that eventually sidelined him for much of the 2018 season. He returned week nine and played three games, but he didn’t feel the same. 

That could be why calls from college coaches had been scarce — until recently.

Heading into his senior season, reality began to set in for Katzer that this was it. If he were to secure a spot at the next level, he would need to make as big an impact as possible, which started in the weight room, where he saw maxes continue to rise through the summer. 

It also came from Mt. Spokane’s offense. Wildcats coach Terry Cloer has continued to incorporate new ways to get Katzer the ball. More Wildcat, more king and queen formation, more ways to get Katzer running downhill (he had a 50-yard touchdown on a fly sweep against Moses Lake last Friday).

“He’s so hard to tackle,” Cloer said. “He’s not the fastest guy, but his quickness and lateral movement are elite.”

He’s also taken a leap as a leader, Cloer said.

Katzer said he has received more texts from coaches after these first two outings. The Wildcats travel to play Sandpoint (Idaho) on Friday.

“My dream’s been to play college ball somewhere,” Katzer said. 

And he’s just waiting on his chance.

“I’ve been playing football for a long time. This side of the state is not looked at as much as Eastside Catholic, O’Dea, those other teams,” Katzer said. “I’ve been the same player throughout high school.”

Watch Katzer’s highlights:

Chiawana standout WR/DB Kobe Singleton out for season with torn ACL

Kobe Singleton (left) contests a pass in a win over Richland in week one. (Kim Fetrow photo)

Chiawana two-way standout Kobe Singleton will miss the rest of the season with a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament, the senior confirmed Tuesday evening. 

Singleton, a returning two-way all-state selection, will need surgery following the results of an MRI.

The injury came in Chiawana’s 37-0 win over Kennewick. He landed awkwardly when he came down from extending to try to grab an overthrown ball, as first detailed by The Tri-City Herald.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Singleton was an Associated Press 2B first team all-state selection at receiver and defensive back at Tri-Cities Prep before transferring for his senior season. In Singleton, Chiawana (2-0) loses its top target out wide and a lock-down defensive back.

Head coach Steve Graff said senior Jalen Webber will start in his place this week. 

“Lose a good guy, it’s hard no matter when it happens,” Graff said on Tuesday. “This early in season it’s tough.”

Watch Singleton’s highlights:

Richland’s Fewel emerges with monstrous week two

ben fewel, richland

Richland wide receiver Ben Fewel went off for 233 receiving yards on 11 catches in the Bombers’ 28-14 win over Hermiston (Ore.) on Friday night. 

Fewel, a 6-foot, 175-pound junior, caught a 66-yard and 11-yard touchdown pass, as reported by The Tri-City Herald. 

The junior holds an offer from the University of Idaho, and is the top returning target for quarterback Harrison Westover in the Bombers’ pass-heavy offense. 

Watch Fewel’s highlights:

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