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Zillah Football: Success With the wishbone

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ZILLAH, Wash. -- Some times doing things a little differently makes all the difference in the world and the Zillah Leopard football team does just that.

The Leopards are off to a fast start this season, earning a top ten ranking. At least part of their success can be credited to their smash-mouth style of play. Because, when you take the field against the Leopards, they're going to hit you. Then, they are going to hit you again.

"We're coming straight at you," said senior fullback Rodney Treece. "We're coming to hit you every play."

"That's what I do," said senior right guard Nathaniel Deardorff. "I put my shoulder down and hit someone. It's fun."

It is a team mentality that's sparked a 5-0 start and a #9 ranking in the state. This philosophy stems from its offense. Zillah run the wishbone, a 3-running back formation designed to run opponents over.

"I love it," said Deardorff. "The bigger the hole I can get the better I feel about myself when I'm watching film."

"It's great to be different than everybody else," said Zillah Head Coach Rock Winters. "You know no one else really runs the wishbone the way we run it. We look at it likes its our own little thing."

This wishbone thing works. The Leopards have not lost a league game since 2008. All that's left for this team to accomplish, bring Zillah its first state football championship.

"We've always been knocking at the door," said Winters. "This program has been close several times. We've never brought home the gold ball yet."

"It's fun to think about it," said Deardorff. "It's great to think about but it's just a distraction from the game."

All that's on Zillah's mind right now is Granger Friday night.