HSFB 2007 Preview; Pasco Bulldogs
PASCO, Wash. - Traditional 4A powerhouse Pasco lost a ton of talent to graduation, but still managed to be ranked number one on several state preseason polls. Coach Steve Graff could care less.
"I put no stock in it whatsoever," smiled Graff at the team's first practice Wednesday. "I don't know what they base that on. The expectations are the same every year. We need to be in the playoffs and playing towards that final game."
"There's only one thing on my mind: winning the league and winning state," said receiver Justin Perez. "We have the team to do it, we just have to come together."
Pasco has made the playoffs the last seven years in a row, winning state in 2003. To do it again, junior Carlin Andrew will have to fill some very big shoes. Andrew will try to replaces star three-year starter Shayne Kelly at quarterback.
"You can't ever replace Shayne, but Carlin's worked hard all summer and we'll count on him to get it done," said Graff. "He's a bigger and stronger kid than Shayne, not quite as agile. Shayne's done it since he was a sophomore, and this will be Carlin's first time under the lights."
"I'm psyched," said Andrew. "I've been dreaming about this for a while. Shayne is one of the best players I've ever played with. I just hope to work hard and fill his shoes."
Carlin will have awesome receivers to work with. Seniors Justin Perez and Seth Halladay have plenty of experience, and plenty of confidence in their new passer.
"We've been coming here and throwing early," said Perez. "I can't wait for the season."
The season begins Saturday, September 1st at home against Rainier Beach.