Following last year’s successful season, Inglemoor High head coach Steve Hannan feels his team possesses the built-in confidence to take things a step further this fall.
“We’re really proud of the kids, they really bought into the culture,” said Hannan, whose squad finished 5-4 overall and 2-2 in 4A KingCo in 2018.
The three pillars of the Vikings’ culture are team performance, be the best version of yourself and do what needs to be done.
Leading the way on offense again will be junior quarterback Kolby Solomon (6-0, 155), who also pitches on the baseball diamond and recently received a scholarship to play that sport at Gonzaga University, Hannan said.
“He’s just really smart and extremely dedicated. He really epitomizes exactly what we’re about. He’s a straight-laced, no-excuse kid and his preparation is fantastic,” Hannan said of his team leader.
Senior running backs Trevor Thurman (6-3, 215) and Jake Dick (6-0, 185) are expected to give a repeat performance from 2018 by thumping and exploding out of the backfield. Thurman also puts the clamps on runners from his inside linebacker position and cemented himself as one of 4A KingCo’s top tacklers the last two seasons.
Brayden Costilla stands in at 6-2, 290 when he mans his nose guard and offensive line positions.
“He’s a guy we counted on since the day I arrived,” said Hannan, adding that senior Costilla has a nasty attitude on defense and is a mauler on offense.
Other seniors expected to make an impact are Zach Hedge (6-2, 170) at wide receiver and cornerback, Ethan Oxford (6-3, 195) at wide receiver and offensive line and Chase Ingersoll (6-3, 245) at lineman.
“It’s pretty exciting, it always is. It’s really what high school football is all about,” Hannan said of the upcoming season and watching young players grow into their positions as seniors and excel on the field.
Sept. 6 at Meadowvale, 8 p.m. (Edmonds Stadium)
Sept. 13 at Roosevelt, 7 p.m. (Northeast Athletic Complex)
Sept. 20 home vs. Juanita, 7 p.m. (Pop Keeney Stadium)
Sept. 26 home vs. Redmond, 7 p.m. (Pop Keeney Stadium)
Oct. 3 at North Creek, 7 p.m. (Pop Keeney Stadium)
Oct. 10 home vs. Newport, 7 p.m. (Pop Keeney Stadium)
Oct. 17 at Woodinville, 7 p.m. (Pop Keeney Stadium)
Oct. 25 home vs. Bothell, 7 p.m. (Pop Keeney Stadium)