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Chiawana Football off To An Early Start

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PASCO, Wash. -- The construction on the new Chiawana High School is expected to be complete in July but the Riverhawk football team is already on the field.

Many of the players and longtime Pasco Coach Steve Graff came directly from Pasco High. For now, the Riverhawks even practice at Edgar Brown Stadium, the stadium they will share with Pasco High when the season starts.

This year, the Chiawana team will have only freshman, sophomores, and juniors because seniors were allowed to stay at Pasco High.

So with all these changes, why would Coach Graff leave Pasco after coaching their for 20 years.

"I live in the Chiawana District," said Riverhawks Head Coach Steve Graff. "My children will go out there. I've been at Pasco for 20 years. I am ready to look at some new walls. You can expect that we will work hard just like we did when we were Bulldogs and do the best we can with juniors and sophomores in a league that is really tough."

But the question is, how do those players feel that were Pasco Bulldogs last year and this year are Riverhawks. Some players said they had spent their whole lives getting ready to play for pasco.

"We had a great group of guys especially if the two schools were combined, we would have had a great team," said Riverhawk Linebacker Jordan Downing.

"It's kind of disappointing because I've been a Bulldog my whole life but this is a brand new school, brand new equipment, and it's going to be a fun experience," said Riverhawk Quarterback Lucas Graff.