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Mortenson uses his arm to cool Kennedy Catholic’s big rally

Kentlake’s Brandon Mortenson uses his arm to cool Kennedy Catholic’s big rally
Originally published September 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm Updated September 29, 2017 at 11:29 pm

By Matt Massey
Special to The Seattle Times

https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/high-school/kentlakes-brandon-mortenson-uses-his-arm-to-cool-kennedy-catholics-big-rally/

The Lancers rallied in the second half to get within a touchdown, but the Falcons put the game away with a late drive, winning 42-28.

Brandon Mortenson picked a great time to show off his improved quarterbacking skills for the Kentlake football team.

Not only did he pile up 318 all-purpose yards and figure in five touchdowns, he showed his moxie when things got tight.

Mortenson, a senior, led the Falcons on a late, game-clinching drive, capped by a 19-yard TD run by Marques Fualaau with 1:29 to play. His team passed its first big test in a 42-28 triumph over high-scoring Kennedy Catholic on Friday night in an NPSL Cascade Division game at French Field.

Mortenson knew his team needed a response after the Lancers (3-2, 1-2 NPSL) rallied from down 21 points in the second half to get within 35-28 with 3:44 left in the game. That came when freshman quarterback Sam Huard lobbed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Junior Alexander in the left corner of the end zone.

“We were playing really good, but when it came down to crunch time and (Kennedy) was within seven, we told everyone to stay calm,” said Mortenson, who ran for three scores and passed for two more in addition to going 22 of 43 for 276 yards. “We said we have three minutes left, and if we get two first downs we close out the game.”

Junior receiver Jeremiah Woods caught five of Mortenson’s passes for 92 yards and two TDs.

“We’ve got so much respect for Kennedy; they never gave up,” Kentlake coach Brett Thompson said. “I’m proud of our guys for grinding it out and finding a way to finish that game. That was hard-fought.”

It looked like Kentlake (4-1, 3-0) might blow away the Lancers, but the Falcons could never get separation.

The lead swelled back to 21 points at 35-14 when Mortenson scored on his third 1-yard keeper of the game with 27 seconds left in the third quarter.

Kendell Oakes got Kennedy back to 35-21 at the 10:53 mark of the fourth quarter, jetting for a 36-yard touchdown run.

“Kennedy’s so explosive and they’ve got so many weapons,” said Thompson, whose team outgained the Lancers 463 yards to 458. “And with number 39 (Oakes) running that ball, he’s tough to bring down.”

The Falcons started the second half the way they ended the first, taking a 28-7 lead on a 27-yard pass from Mortenson to Carson Lucas just 4:45 into the second half.

Huard, the son of former Husky and NFL quarterback Damon Huard, finished 18 of 34 for 204 yards passing with two TDs.

Kennedy rode the legs of Oakes to pull within 28-14 with 5:08 showing in the third. Oakes had 73 yards rushing on the Lancers’ 80-yard drive. Oakes finished the game with 194 yards and two TDs on 17 carries.

“I feel like (Kennedy) does a lot of press [coverage], so we did a lot of slants and posts and then hit them with the streak,” Woods said. “Get them with one move, and hit on the streak. That’s how we got the deep ball. Mort brought it all today, and today was one of his better games. He threw a lot of deep balls and got a lot of completions.”

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Falcons top Royals for third win of the season

Coach Thompson begs to differ with an official. [Tom Jones Photography]

Kent-Meridian received the opening kick and drove 70 yards, but a 39 yard field goal attempt was no good.  Kentlake responded with a 70 yard drive of their own, chewing up most of the first quarter, but turned over on downs at the K-M 10 yard line.  The Falcons were able to capitalize on the field position, scoring a safety on a tackle in the end-zone by Jeremiah Woods.

Kentlake opened the second quarter after receiving the free kick, driving 55 yards capped by a 7 yard TD run by Marques Fualaau on a tricky “Statue of Liberty” handoff.  Kentlake scored on their next drive, 60 yards finished by a 5 yard TD pass from Brandon Mortenson to Carson Lucas.  Following a Royals punt, Kentlake scored again on a double pass, Mortenson to Fualaau to a wide open Michael Alar.  The PAT by Tyler Hopp put the Falcons up 23-0 with 4:00 minutes left in the half.  Kent-Meridian responded with a big play of their own, a 63 yard TD pass, which made the score 23-7 at halftime.

Kentlake received the second half kickoff, but Kent-Meridian struck first with a 30 yard fumble return for a TD.  The Falcons scored next, following a nice 35 yard catch and run from Mortenson to Jaryn Mackey.  Tony Heimann II punched in the TD from six yards out.  The Royals missed a 28 yard field goal, but scored on their next possession on a 14 yard TD pass.  After three quarters, the score was Kentlake 30, K-M 21.

The Royals had a chance to score early in the fourth quarter but sophomore free safety Mason Homolka intercepted in the end zone and returned to the Kentlake 20 yard line.  Brandon Mortenson popped a big run, 30 yards on a keeper to inside the Royals 5 yard line.  Alex Lopez punched it into the end zone to give the Falcons a two score lead.

With time becoming a factor, Kent-Meridian again drove into Kentlake territory, but Mason Homolka snagged another interception to seal the win for the Falcons.  Final score from French Field was Kentlake 34, Kent-Meridian 21.

With the win, Kentlake improves to 2-0 in conference play, 3-1 overall.  Next up for the Falcons is a big game with Kennedy Catholic (1-1, 3-1) at 7:00 pm Friday at French Field.

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Falcons top Kentridge to improve to 2-1

BY MARK KLASS, TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE

Swamped at Enumclaw’s Pete’s Pool the previous week, Kentlake regained its stroke and overcame mistake-prone Kentridge 38-20 in a North Puget Sound League Cascade Division opener for both football teams Friday night at French Field.

Must win?

Just ask Falcons quarterback Brandon Mortenson.

“It’s a huge win coming off a loss last week (49-17 to Enumclaw),” said the senior quarterback, who threw two touchdowns in the victory over the much-improved Chargers. “We really needed it for our confidence. We came back and stepped up. Great game.”

Kentake improved to 2-1 on the young season.

The game was in doubt until Kentridge, trailing 24-20 early in the fourth down, coughed the ball up on a kickoff return, setting up Kentlake’s fourth touchdown of the game, Tony Heimann II’s 2-yard run.

Kentride again fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, but its defense stood firm as Solomon Hines returned an interception 83 yards the other way for a score. But the Chargers were called for a sideline infraction – coaches found on the field and in the path of the officials trailing on the play – and the TD, which would have closed the gap, was nullified.

Having to start anew from deep in its own side of the field, Kentridge was forced to punt. Kentlake blocked it, with X-zavier Thomas returning the ball 10 yards for the clinching TD.

Too many penalties, too many mistakes cost the Chargers (0-1, 1-2), who ended the game with its share of injuries.

“I’m proud of the guys. They really battled the whole time. … We had chances in this game,” said Kentridge’s first-year coach Brett Ogata. “Football is such a big-play game. We had some untimely turnovers and penalties that really changed the tide of the game. Can’t take anything away from Kentlake. They beat us.

“We have to learn from this, move forward, and we will,” he said. “This is a team that’s growing. … We got a lot better tonight. It’s a process.”

The loss foiled the performances of Kentridge’s main weapons – the speedy Hines and 6-foot-5 junior quarterback Natano Woods.

Hines grabbed a 62-yard TD pass from Woods, outracing the Kentlake secondary to give the Chargers’ a 20-17 halftime lead. Hines also had two interceptions on the night.

Woods threw scoring strikes to wide-out Ben Victoria (47 yards) and tight end Matthew Paino (24 yards) in the first half.

Mortenson found Jalen Taylor on a 9-yard TD pass in the first quarter and hit Jeremiah Woods for 56 yards and another score in the second.

Carson Lucas’ 4-yard TD run put Kentlake ahead to stay at 24-20 with 10:55 left in the game.

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Enumclaw defeats Falcons for first loss of season

The Enumclaw Hornets (2-0) scored four times in the fourth-quarter to tally a big 49-17 win over Kentlake (1-1) last Friday at Pete’s Pool Stadium in Enumclaw.

The Hornets scored on their first possession of the game capping an 80 yard drive.  Kentlake fumbled on their opening drive, setting up a short field and allowing Enumclaw to score and quickly go up 14-0 in the first quarter.  Kentlake responded at the end of the first quarter with an 85 yard drive, capped by a 53 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Mortenson to Jeremiah Woods.  Hudson Potts sparked a defensive rally in the second quarter with an interception and 30 yard return, setting up an 11 yard touchdown pass from Potts to Jeremiah Woods.  With seconds left in the half, Hudson Potts broke free on a 70 yard run into the endzone, but the play was called back on a penalty.  The teams went into halftime tied at 14-14.

Enumclaw broke the tie in the third quarter, going up 21-14.  Kentlake responded with a 29 yard field goal from Tyler Hopp, making the score 21-17 to begin the final quarter.  The Hornets scored to open the fourth quarter and rode a wave of momentum to score three more times in the half.

Kentlake will open division play next Friday versus Kentridge at 7:00 pm at French Field.

 

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Falcons rally to knock off Lions for an opening week victory

Kentlake 21, Auburn Mountainview 20: It was a wild finish between the Falcons and Lions as a late touchdown pushed Kentlake ahead with less than two minutes left in the game.

Entering the fourth quarter down 17-7, Brandon Mortenson escaped the Lions defense on a broken play where he found Alex Lopez for a 25 yard pass to set it up at the two yard line.

Tony Heimann punched it in and the Falcons made it a one score game. The defense then stood up as they held the Lions to only a field goal on the ensuing drive, leaving three minutes on the clock.

Mortenson again found his receiver, this time in Jeremiah Woods, for the 68 yard pitch-and-catch that would ultimately give the Falcons the lead with a minute and a half left. After back to back sacks on third and fourth down, the Falcons ran out the clock.

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2017 Kentlake Falcon Football Handbook Posted

Head Coach Brett Thompson has released the 2017 version of the Kentlake Football Handbook:  Program Philosophies and Expectations.

Kentlake Football Program Handbook 2017

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Falcon Flyer Ridealong Raffle

Kentlake may be the only high school in the country that has it’s own pre-game flyovers!  Dave and Tamera Nason own the “Falcon Flyer”, which they regularly fly over French Field before kickoff of home games.  We’re excited to offer the opportunity to ride along with them for a pre-game flight this season!

You’ll depart from Crest Airpark in Covington, fly over French Field during warm-ups, take a quick tour of the Kent and Auburn area from the sky, and then back to French Field for another flyover right after the National Anthem!

The Falcon Flyer is a two seat aircraft, so including the pilot only one person can win this unique experience.  $20 per entry, or three entries for $50.  Please provide your phone number so we can contact you if you win!  The Nasons will contact you to arrange the details!


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August Survival Guide

Here’s all the info you need to know to get you and your player through the rest of August successfully. Get connected and stay up to date with what’s going on in the program!

Communication and Information

  • Parents – Please be proactive about getting all of the program information that is out there for you. You must sign up to receive our e-newsletters by going to http://kentlakefootball.com/ and entering your e-mail address in the box provided on the home page. Email the booster club (not the coaches) at kentlakefootball@gmail.com. You can also follow Kentlake Football Booster Club on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Players – You should be on “Hudl”, getting messages directly from the coaches.

August 14 – Online Fall Football registration NOW PAST DUE!

  • Don’t be the guy who isn’t eligible to play because he didn’t get his paperwork in! Get it done today. Register here: https://www.familyid.com/programs/kentlake-2017-2018-fall-athletic-registration
  • We were recently informed that the athletics office will not be open until 8/30. An updated eligibility list was sent to your player on Hudl. If you have questions about your player’s eligibility, go into the KL main office. They are open daily from 10am-12pm, and 1pm-3pm.

August 14 – Fall Camp (“2-a-days”) lunch money due

  • We are asking all families to contribute $25 for their son to partake in team lunches during Fall Camp. Please send in a check to the first day of Fall Camp, made to “KLFBC”, or use the payment system link: https://kentlakefootball.com/purchase-fall-camp-lunches/
  • If your player has special dietary needs or allergies, have them bring their own lunch daily, as we will plan meals for the masses. Thank you for understanding.

August 16 – Fall Camp (“2-a-days”) starts

  • Fall Camp is 5 days: Wed. August 16th through Sat. the 19th, and Monday the 21st8am-6pm, all day.  Daily schedule here: http://kentlakefootball.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Fall-Camp-Schedule-2017-Posted.pdf
  • Fall Camp counts as practices, which players need to be league-eligible to play in the first games.
  • PRO TIP: Bring snacks daily, and bring a camp chair or blanket, so you can relax during down time. Note that the booster club is providing eclipse glasses for all players on 8/21.

August 16 – E-mail lists for HUDL fundraiser due (bring to Fall Camp)

  • This is our one direct-ask fundraiser of the year (nothing to sell) and using Hudl means 97% of the money goes directly to our organization (as opposed to some other online giving companies who take a big cut!). We are currently raising money to pay off the last of the new uniforms purchased for this year. This fundraiser will also help pay for our normal operating costs for the season.
  • Each player needs to bring this list, filled out, when they report to Fall Camp on Wednesday: https://kentlakefootball.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/HUDL-launch-email-list.pdf.  We will send out a direct-ask e-mail to those on the list, requesting monetary donations. We will also have printed letters available for those who think a grandparent or someone else might prefer to receive the ask that way. All donations are tax deductible, as KL Football Booster Club is a 501(c)3 group. Hudl will email a tax receipt to all who donate online. Go Falcons!

August 19 – Team pictures during Fall Camp

August 22-30 – Regular practices. 3-6 pm. M-F.

August 22 – Team Discount card blitz (after practice).

  • On Tuesday, August 22ndwe won’t be done until 8 pm, since players will be participating in a second discount card sales blitz. We still have over 100 cards to sell.
  • Parents, if you haven’t purchased a discount card yet, and you want one, email kentlakefootball@gmail.com asap!
  • We’re especially relying on the players who didn’t participate in the June blitz to participate on the 22nd. Bring a change of clothes. Food will be provided for all players who stay.
  • If players are again unable to participate on the 22nd, they are expected to “buy out” for $100 online here: https://kentlakefootball.com/discount-card-blitz/
  • If you have questions about whether or not your player already participated, email us at kentlakefootball@gmail.com

August 26 – Mandatory Parent Meeting, Breakfast, and Team Scrimmages

  • 9am-1pm. All teams and their families. This is our big jamboree day, when we come together as a community and get pumped for the upcoming season, so invite your friends and neighbors! Enjoy breakfast, make connections with the booster club, meet other KL football families, hear from Coach Thompson about how the program is run, purchase some spirit wear, have fun playing some lawn games, hear the amazing KL pep band, watch some football, cheer on the players, and enjoy the day! BRING YOUR WALLET, because we’re going to have some AWESOME raffles throughout the day, including a “sideline pass” to watch one game right alongside the coaches and players!
  • The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Cost for breakfast is only $20/family of five, if you prepay by August 25th, or $5 per person at the door. Pre-pay link: https://kentlakefootball.com/team-scrimmage-and-family-pancake-breakfast/
  • Sign up to help make it a good day! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094eaca72ba02-pancake

August 31 – School Starts! 7:40am-2:20pm (new district schedule)

  • Players will have 10 minutes to get out to the field for practice, which starts at 2:30.
  • Watch for more info coming on practice times, but it will most likely run until 4:30 or 5:00pm.

September 1 – Friday Night Lights! First varsity game at 7pm at French Field!

Booster Club Meetings

We usually meet every month at KL, starting in September. Please come join in! The teams rely on parents to get involved and lend a helping hand for meals, special events, and much more. Many hands make light work, and we’d love to see every player represented. We especially need some incoming freshman families to get involved, and keep the booster club going into the future!

Program Advertising

Know any local businesses who might like to advertise in our game-day program?  Please forward them this information!  http://kentlakefootball.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/KL-Program-Ads.pdf

We are looking forward to a great season ahead with the entire Falcon Family!  Thank you, and GO FALCONS!

Kentlake Falcons Football Booster Club

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Team Scrimmage and Family Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, August 26th is our annual all-team scrimmage/jamboree and family pancake breakfast! Such a fun day! Starting around 9am, and lasting until about 1pm, this day includes a family pancake breakfast, Coach Thompson’s fall welcome and all parent meeting, team scrimmages in jerseys (with families cheering them on), fun raffles, spirit wear clearance sales, learning about opportunities to get involved, sign ups to help with pre-game meals, lots of fun getting to know each other, and some lawn games (weather permitting)! Come on out and enjoy the Falcon Family experience! Cost for pancake breakfast is $5 per person. Invite the whole family, and pay online by August 25th. Only $20 for a whole family of 5!


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Discount Card Blitz

On Tuesday night, August 22nd, we will be running another discount card sales blitz.  Any players who didn’t participate in the June Blitz are expected to participate, and any others who choose to participate again are welcome to. Please bring a change of clothes. Dinner will be provided for players who stay.

If players are again unable to participate on the 22nd, they are expected to “buy out” for $100 online here, and 5 discount cards will be delivered to you, to sell at your leisure:


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Purchase Fall Camp Lunches

The booster club is providing lunch for all players during Fall Camp (August 16,17,18,19 and 21). Please send a check for $25 with your son to one of the last two conditioning sessions on Wednesday or Friday and give to Tim Engstrom or Mateo Alcocer.

If you prefer, you can contribute online by using the secure Paypal payment link below:


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Register NOW for Fall Sports on FamilyID.com

Register now for Fall Sports via Family ID here familyid.com/programs/kentlake-2017-2018-fall-athletic-registration

Just because you registered for Summer Sports last May or June that does NOT mean you are cleared for the Fall. The deadline is August 14th, but DO NOT DELAY as it take our Athletics Department multiple days to process your physicals.

First Day of 2-a-days is August 16th.

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!?

Please see the following message from Head Coach Brett Thompson:

http://kentlakefootball.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ARE-YOU-READY-FOR-SOME-FOOTBALL.pdf

June Calendar Detail

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Register for Gridiron Team Camp by June 9th!

We will be participating in the Steve Gervais Gridiron of Champions team camp at Evergreen State University from June 23rd to 26th.  You MUST REGISTER by June 9th to participate!  Download or print all the forms and information below.

Physicals for Fall Camp need to be dated after June 1st. Current physicals for incoming Freshmen will be good for Spring Practices, but your physical is from prior to June 27th, 2015 you will need a new one for Team Camp. Most Freshmen should use their current physical for Spring Practices and wait until after June 1st to get a new physical.

Incoming Freshmen parents/guardians will need to arrange for transportation for their children immediately after school ends (3:01) at Cedar Heights or Mattson. They can go straight from the middle school to Evergreen State College and do not need to get out of school early on Friday the 23rd to carpool from the Kentlake HS parking lot.

Gridiron Team Camp 2017 Paperwork

Please print and return all registration paperwork with payment by June 9th. Registrations will be accepted after practice on Thursday and Friday.

You may choose to pay online using the secure payment button below, but you will still need to print, sign, and return all paperwork with a copy of your online payment receipt. Please add a note on the payment indicating your player’s full name.

 

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Registration Open for Kentlake Youth Football Camp!

Kentlake Football is hosting a non-contact youth football camp this summer, from Wednesday, June 28rd to Friday, June 30th.  Kids entering grades 3-8 in the fall are invited to join us!  Camp sessions will run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm each day on the Kentlake turf field.

Learn from Kentlake coaches and players what it means to be a Falcon!  Falcons Head Coach Brett Thompson says “We want our campers to walk away feeling excited about playing football and excited about playing for Kentlake“.

View and print the flyer and registration form here.  If you haven’t pre-registered, please bring the completed form and payment to the first day of camp.  On-site registration will be available starting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 23rd.

$45 for one camper, $75 for two campers from the same family!

You can also register and pay online at  http://kentlakefootball.com/registration.

Come join us!

 

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Player Pack Gear Store Open Now

The online order for player gear is available now, through the order deadline of April 9th.

https://khsf2017.itemorder.com/sale

All players are required to have or purchase a practice jersey, black shorts, and an integrated girdle.

All other items are optional.  Any cleats or gloves must be black, white, or combination thereof.

 

Pre-Season Meeting Dates Announced

There will be a meeting for all players interested in turning out for football on Thursday morning, March 2nd from 7:15 to 7:30 am in Cascade Hall.

There will be a parent meeting on Tuesday, March 7th, from 7:00 to 7:45 pm in Kentlake’s Cascade Hall. Join us to get all the information you need about spring football, summer camp and everything leading up to the 2017 season!

Dates have also been posted to the calendar for 7 on 7 competitions beginning in March, as well as team camp scheduled for June 23-26.

Our website calendar (http://kentlakefootball.com/events/calendar/) will be the official team calendar for this season, so please bookmark and refer to the website for the most current version of all scheduled events.

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Kentlake announces NFF Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Nominees

Kentlake Head Coach Brett Thompson selected Trask Rogers and Brandon Kelley as nominees from Kentlake High School for this year’s annual National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Scholarship. Coach Thompson joined Trask and Brandon and their families at an awards banquet in the Delta360 club lounge at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, February 26th.  Congratulations to Trask and Brandon for setting high standards on the field and in the classroom!

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Memorial Service for Daniel San Nicholas

As many of you know, one of our players has suffered a terrible loss.  David San Nicholas (affectionately known to the players as “DSN”) lost his father to illness last week.  We are rallying folks around his family, and we’d like to bless them.  We are going to provide the food for the memorial service’s reception, so below is a signup for that.  David’s mom has also extended an invitation for the team and parents to be at the funeral and reception.  Please consider showing your support to David and his mother Mary Ann and their family, as only Falcon families can do!
Thursday, January 19
*Funeral mass*: 10:30 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Kent
*Reception hall*:  12:00 at Crone’s Place, 23806 190th Ave SE, Kent 98042.
*Burial*: 2:00 at Tahoma National Cemetery
Let’s get this signup filled up to bless the family.  If need be, I can get food from you on Wednesday night (email or text the number below), or if you’re able, please drop it off at the reception hall (above) either between 10:00-10:15 on Thursday morning, or bring it with you at noon to the reception yourself.
Thank you for all of your support!
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Congratulations to our 12 All-NPSL Cascade Division Honorees!

Congratulations to our Falcons who received recognition at the NPSL Cascade Division coaches meeting last night!  Great athletes, great teammates, and great people!

Brandon Kelley—1st Team Offensive Line, 1st Team Defensive Line, Defensive Linemen of the Year, All State Game Nominee

Eddie Edwards IV—1st Team Running Back, 2nd Team Defensive Back, Special Teams Player of the Year, All State Game Nominee

Trask Rogers—1st Team Linebacker, Honorable Mention Wide Receiver

Eduard Mixich—1st Team Offensive Line

Tyler Padilla—2nd Team Kicker, Honorable Mention Punter

Marques Fuala’au—2nd Team Linebacker

Hudson Potts—2nd Team Defensive Back

Tony Heimann II—Honorable Mention Running Back

Mitchell Lockhart—Honorable Mention Wide Receiver

Kristian McFarland—Honorable Mention Offensive Line

David San Nicholas—Honorable Mention Offensive Line

Micah Vaifale—Honorable Mention Linebacker

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News Tribune: Falcons’ defense could make it ‘King of Kent’

BY TJ COTTERILL
tcotterill@thenewstribune.com

Kentlake limited Mount Rainier to 116 yards of total offense and out-rushed the Rams 327-49 on its way to the 28-0 victory on Friday at French Field to set up what could decide the 4A NPSL Cascade division title against Kentwood next week.

The Kentlake High School football team won’t be sneaking into the playoffs like it did last year.

Not with how loud this defense has played.

The Falcons held Mount Rainier to 116 yards of total offense and got a safety sack, too, on its way to a 28-0 shutout victory Saturday at French Field.

The win sets up a potential 4A North Puget Sound League Cascade division title game between Kentlake and Kentwood next week.

Kentlake (7-1, 5-1 4A NPSL Cascade) would clinch the division title with a win over Kentwood (6-2, 6-0) for the second time in two years, and if Kennedy Catholic (7-1, 5-1) loses to Mount Rainier (6-2, 4-2) next week.

“Kentlake — we’ve always been the underdog,” said Kentlake running back and safety Eddie Edwards IV. “But we want to be the King of Kent.”

Kentlake outrushed Mount Rainier, 327-49, on Saturday. The Falcons entered with the No. 1 defense in the 4A NPSL.

“Every single week we got to come out here and defend that,” said Kentlake defensive lineman Brandon Kelley of the Falcons’ top-ranked defense. “Every other team knows we’re No. 1, we know we’re No. 1 — we got to rep that out here.

“We just fly to the ball and get there — no matter where it is on the field.”

Tony Heimann II led the Falcons with 17 carries for 66 yards as one of five running backs with at least 40 rushing yards.

But Kentlake didn’t make those yards look easy. Eight times it charged inside the Mount Rainier 30, turning it over on downs three times (at the 12, the 26 and 4) and twice throwing interceptions (at the 14 and 19).

But it finally broke through with a pair of 1-yard scores in the second half from Brandon Mortenson and Micah Vaifale and a 4-yard score from Marques Fuala’au, even when it seemed Mount Rainier had built a stone wall at the 1.

“We still left points on the board, for sure,” Kentlake coach Brett Thompson said. “But it’s great having a defense that can continue to get us the football.”

In Thompson’s second year at Kentlake, he’s already secured its second consecutive 4A district playoff berth. Instead of a late win over Kentwood last year to sneak into the postseason, now he has a chance to beat Kentwood for a division title.

“It’s all about the kids,” Thompson said. “We got great guys. They work hard in the offseason and they believe. They do what we ask and they play with great emotion and they play as a family. It makes it fun.”

Especially with a defense like this.

“We’re always trying to pitch a shutout, and we got it done,” Thompson said. “Great team effort today.”

http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/high-school/article109988542.html

 

MOUNT RAINIER 0 0 0 0 0
KENTLAKE 6 6 2 14 28

SCORING SUMMARY

KL – Brandon Mortenson 26 run (kick failed)

KL – Mortenson 1 run (run failed)

KL – Jacob Mancia, Brandon Kelley sack in end zone

KL – Marques Fuala’au 4 run (Tyler Padilla kick)

KL – Micah Vaifale 1 run (Padilla kick)

RUSHING – Mount Rainier: Clark Huakau 12-28; JJ Young 9-20. Kentlake: Tony Heimann II 17-66; Micah Vaifale 8-58; Brandon Mortenson 12-57; Marques Fuala’au 8-46; Eddie Edwards IV 9-44.

PASSING – Mount Rainier: JJ Young 6-16-1-67. Kentlake: Brandon Mortenson 9-17-2-86.

RECEIVING – Mount Rainier: Terrell Grier 3-51; Alex Tanev 1-14. Kentlake: Eddie Edwards 5-57; Trask Rogers 1-11.

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Falcons defense shuts down Hazen

Our Falcons survived a wet and windy night at Renton Memorial Stadium, holding off the Highlanders of Hazen High School by a score of 7-2. Kentlake improves to 6-1 on the season. With the victory, the Falcons ensure a playoff spot for the second consecutive season under head coach Brett Thompson.

Kentlake’s defense continued an impressive season, holding the Hazen offense scoreless. Brandon Kelley sacked Hazen quarterback Julian Santos on the Highlanders opening possession of the game, forcing Hazen to punt. The Falcons struck quickly, driving the length of the field and scoring on a 14 yard pass from Justin Peterson to Brian Dye. Hazen wasn’t able to sustain a ground game against the league leading Falcons rush defense. Santos took a couple of deep shots downfield, which were well defended by Dashaun Leon and Hudson Potts. The first quarter ended with the Falcons leading 7-0.

The wind and rain started to pick up in the second quarter, and both offenses struggled to sustain drives. Hazen’s sole scoring play came on a Kentlake punt from the Falcons 46 yard line that sailed over the head of punter Tyler Padilla into the end zone. Padilla wisely kicked the loose ball through the end zone for a safety. Trask Rogers, Marques Fuala’au, Micah Viafale, and Jacob Garcia all recorded sacks in the second quarter. The score at halftime stood at 7-2, Kentlake.

The Falcons controlled field position for the majority of the second half, but were unable to convert on several trips into the red zone. In the third quarter Kentlake attempted a 47 yard field goal. Tyler Padilla’s kick was plenty strong, but just missed to the right. Kentlake senior Eddie Edwards made an impact after halftime, popping a 36 yard run, intercepting a pass, and converting a 4th down and 13 with a 20 yard rush. Following that first down, Micah Viafale scored on a 7 yard rush, but the play was called back on a holding penalty. Kentlake failed to convert a 36 yard field goal.

Tony Heimann ended another Hazen drive with an interception, and the Falcons again drove as deep as the Highlanders 16 yard line. Following another holding penalty, Kentlake turned it over on downs giving Hazen a final opportunity from their own 23 yard line, down five points with 2:30 remaining in the game. The Falcons defense held the Highlanders on four consecutive plays, and Kentlake was able to kneel at the Hazen 10 yard line to run out the clock.

The Falcons will next face the Rams of Mt. Rainier High School, who hold an identical 6-1 win-loss record following a 55-12 victory over Kentridge last night. The contest will feature the NPSL’s leading rusher, Mt. Rainier’s J.J. Young, against the best rush defense in the league. The Rams average over 220 rushing yards per game, but the Falcons have allowed less than 40 yards rushing per game. The game will kick off at 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 22nd at French Field in Kent.

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Falcons outlast Royals to remain undefeated!

Kent-Meridian’s Joe McConico made his presence felt in a hurry last night, returning the opening kickoff  95 yards for a touchdown.  Kentlake’s Marques Fuala’au blocked the extra point kick, but the Royals jumped out to a 6-0 lead with only 11 seconds ticked off the game clock.  Kent-Meridian scored again in the first quarter, after holding the Falcons on fourth down in their own territory.  Royals QB Ben Woods connected on a 42 yard touchdown strike to put Kent-Meridian up 13-0.  With all the momentum going the Royals way early, the Falcons needed a big play.  Eddie Edwards came through with an unbelievable 90 yard kickoff return, reversing field at least three times before being pushed out at the Royals 5 yard line.  Marques Fuala’au punched it into the end zone, and making the score 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Kentlake’s offense started clicking in the second quarter with a solid 65 yard drive capped by a 1 yard TD run by Tony Heimann to give the Falcons the lead at 14-13. Kent-Meridian responded late in the half with a drive and scoring pass from Woods to McConico.  The Royals attempted a two-point conversion, but were pushed back to the 18 yard line after a dead ball penalty.  The attempted failed, making the score Kent-Meridian 19, Kentlake 14 with just 1:10 left in the half.  Eddie Edwards came to the rescue again with another big kickoff return, 50 yards to midfield.  Brandon Mortenson followed up with a 20 yard completion to Trask Rogers, and Tony Heimann scored from the 1 yard line with 9 seconds remaining to give the Falcons a 21-19 lead at halftime.

Both defenses played well in the third quarter. Joe McConico moved from receiver to tailback for the Royals, but he found little room to run against a stout Falcons defense. Eddy Mixich recorded a big sack in the quarter, and Brayden Laukala blocked a punt.  Mixich also recovered an offensive fumble and rumbled nearly ten yards for a first down.  Both sides turned the ball over in the quarter, and neither team was able to score.

Sophomore safety Hudson Potts kicked off the fourth quarter with his first varsity interception, returning it into Royals territory.  A few plays later, Brandon Mortenson scored from 25 yards out on a quarterback keeper.  Kentlake opened a nine point lead, 28-19, with 10 minutes remaining in the game.  The Royals responded again with a couple of big pass plays, including a scoring strike from Woods to McConico to make the score 28-26 Kentlake with 9:00 remaining.  The teams exchanged possessions, and Kentlake’s defense ultimately held on the Royals final charge, holding on fourth down with 2:00 remaining.  Tony Heimann ground out a first down, and the Falcons were able to run out the clock.

Kentlake remains undefeated at 4-0 overall, 2-0 in the NPSL Cascade division.  The Falcons will next face the Lancers of Kennedy Catholic at Highline Memorial Stadium at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 30th.

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Week Three Team Awards!

Coach Thompson has announced the following varsity team awards for Week three:

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Effort & Energy – Eddie Mixich
Family – Justin Peterson
Takeaway Title – Jake Mancia
Special Teams Player of the Week – Ilyas Anjaz
Scout team players of the week – Tylor Howard
Discipline – Brian Dye

Congratulations, boys!

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Falcons shut out Chargers for third consecutive win!

Our Falcons defeated the Chargers of Kentridge High School on Friday night, 43-0, to earn their first NPSL Cascade Division victory and improve to 3-0 on the season.

Trask Rogers recovered a Chargers fumble on Kentridge’s opening drive to put the Falcons in good field position. Three plays later, Kentlake scored on a three yard pass from Brandon Mortenson to Eddie Edwards IV. Mortenson and Edwards connected again for a 20 yard TD catch and run, and the Falcons led 13-0 after the first quarter.

Kentlake opened the second quarter with 93 yard scoring drive, fueled by big plays from Mitchell Lockhart and Bryan Dye, and capped by a two yard scoring run by Trask Rogers. Bryan Dye closed out the quarter with another big play, breaking a tackle for a 45 yard catch and run for a touchdown. Kentridge had a chance to score at the end of the half, but Rogers blocked the 40 yard field goal attempt. Kentlake took a 27-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Falcons picked up where they left off in the second half. Eddie Edwards returned a punt 65 yards for his third touchdown of the night. Mortenson set up another score with a 70 yard run to the Chargers seven yard line. Tony Heimann bulldozed into the end zone to put Kentlake up 41-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Kentlake’s backups saw most of the action in the fourth quarter, with sophomore Hudson Potts taking over at quarterback. Ilyas Anjaz blocked a Kentridge punt in their end zone for a safety. Freshman linebacker Josh Ashabraner recorded a solo tackle, and freshman Mason Homolka returned a kickoff 15 yards.

The Kentlake defense was terrific all night in recording the shutout. The defensive front seven led by nose tackle Brandon Kelley and linebackers Marques Fuala’au and Tony Heimann consistently shut the door on the Kentridge running game. Trask Rogers and Brayden Laukala put constant pressure on the Charger quarterbacks.

Brandon Mortenson led the Falcons offense with 19 completions on 25 attempts for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mortenson also rushed for a two point conversion, and broke a 70 yard run . Eddie Edwards scored three touchdowns, two receiving and one punt return.

Kentlake (1-0 division, 3-0 overall) will next face Kent-Meridian (1-0, 1-2 overall). The Royals got their first NPSL division victory over Hazen last Friday. The game will kickoff at 7:00 pm on Thursday night at French Field.

 

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Week Two Team Awards

Coach Thompson and his staff have announced the following team award winners for week two. Congratulations, boys!

Eddie Edwards IV, Larry Alar, Tyler Padilla, Kristian McFarland, Marques Fuala’au

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C Team Awards:  Cody Dorfler, Mason Homolka, Preston Grote, Josh Ashabraner, Kiran Chakrabarty

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Falcons defeat Enumclaw to start the season 2-0!

HIGHLIGHTS:

Kentlake’s Larry Alar capped off a busy night with a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown to help Kentlake beat Enumclaw 35-6 in a 4A NPSL crossover game on Saturday. Alar’s interception was one of three turnovers the Falcons forced in the second half where they outscored the Hornets 21-0.

“We knew Enumclaw prides themselves on running the football, and we knew we had to try to take that away from them,” Kentlake head coach Brett Thompson said. “We pride ourselves on the ability to stop the run, and that’s what we were trying to do.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Kentlake scored touchdowns on back-to-back drives to take a 14-0 lead. Enumclaw put together a 13-play, 72-yard drive highlighted by an 18-yard touchdown pass from senior Jacob Revell to junior Bear Kuro to make it 14-6 at the half.

Enumclaw wouldn’t score again.

Kentlake (2-0) scored on its opening possession of the third quarter to make it 21-6, and Alar’s interception return made it 28-6. Enumclaw put together several long drives in the third quarter, but all of them eventually stalled or ended with a turnover.

“That’s a good football team, but we just didn’t capitalize on our opportunities — and they definitely did,” Enumclaw head coach Mark Gunderson said. “That was definitely the difference in the game.”

A muffed punt by Enumclaw in the fourth quarter led to Kentlake’s final touchdown, an 8-yard run by junior Marques Fuala’au. Fuala’au carried the ball four times in the game, but scored two touchdowns.

In addition to his interception return, Alar had seven catches for 63 yards. He rushed for 18 yards on four carries.

Brandon Mortenson started at quarterback for Kentlake in place of senior Justin Petersen, who was injured in last week’s victory over Auburn Mountainview. Mortenson finished 11 for 20 for 92 yards passing and ran for 65 yards on nine carries.

“Brandon Mortenson would be the starter for a lot of teams, and he’s our guy for right now,” Thompson said. “He’s doing a great job and just makes some good solid decisions.”

Thompson said he expects Peterson to miss three weeks.

Revell finished 21 for 39 for 256 yards passing, with one touchdown and one interception for the Hornets (1-1). His favorite target, junior Kaden Anderson, caught 10 passes for 124 yards.

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Enumclaw 0 6 0 0 – 6

Kentlake 0 14 14 7 – 35

K – Tony Heimann 1 run (Tyler Padilla kick)

K – Marques Fuala’au 3 run (Tyler Padilla kick)

E – Bear Kuro 18 pass from Jacob Revell (kick blocked)

K – Mitchell Lockhart 5 run (Tyler Padilla kick)

K – Larry Alar 78 interception return (Tyler Padilla kick)

K – Marques Fuala’au 8 run (Tyler Padilla kick)

Rushing – E: J. Ennis 2-16. K: B. Mortenson 9-65; M. Fuala’au 4-13-2

Passing – E: J. Revell 21-39-1-256. K: B. Mortenson 11-20-0-92

Receiving – E: K. Anderson 10-124; B. Kuro 5-73-1. K: L. Alar 7-63

Records – Enumclaw 1-1, Kentlake 2-0.

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Week One Team Awards

Coach Thompson has announced the following players as team award winners for week one.  Attaway, boys!

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Effort and Energy Award:  Eddie Edwards IV
Family Award:  Justin Peterson
Discipline Award:  Brandon Peterson
Double T (Takeway Title) Award:  Larry Alar, Jr.
Special Teams Player of the Week:  Aaron Byrd
Scout Teams Player of the Week:  Tim Engstrom

C Team Weekly Awards:

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Scout Team Player of the Week: X-Zavier Thomas
Special Teams Player of the Week:  Owen Foster
Discipline Award:  Kaleb Alberts
Family Award:  Ryan Roller
Double T (Takeway Title) Award:  Ethan Whitehouse

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Falcons top Auburn Mountainview in 2016 opener!

Our Falcons emerged victorious in the season opener versus the Lions of Auburn Mountainview, 34-20, at Auburn Memorial Stadium.

Mountainview scored first, receiving the opening kickoff and driving the length of the field for a touchdown.  Kentlake responded quickly, tying the game on a 40 yard catch and run from Justin Peterson to Larry Alar, Jr.

Senior RB Eddie Edwards took over from there, scoring three touchdowns (5, 70, and 50 yards) in the first half.  The Falcons defense held the Lions scoreless for the remainder of the half, and Kentlake took a commanding 26-6 lead into the break.

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Junior QB Brandon Mortenson took over for Justin Peterson, who appeared to aggravate a knee injury in the second quarter.  The Falcons offense took to the ground game, eating clock, and the third quarter passed without either team adding to the score.  Larry Alar snagged his second interception of the game to keep the Lions on their heels.

Mountainview broke their scoring drought in the 4th quarter with a tough 15 yard touchdown run up the middle, but Kentlake responded with a 16 yard TD keeper from Mortenson.  The Lions added a score on a fumble return for a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap.  Kentlake was able to run out the clock to win the game by a final score of 34-20.

Kentlake starts the season at 1-0 and will next face Enumclaw on Saturday, September 10th at 6:00 pm at French Field.  Enumclaw won their opening game last week, 24-7, versus White River.

 

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August Survival Guide, Updated

Here’s all the program info you need to know to get you and your player through the month of August successfully. Parents AND players – please be proactive about taking advantage of all of the program information that is out there for you. Sign up now to receive our e-newsletters by going to http://kentlakefootball.com/ and entering your e-mail address in the box provided on the home page.

Check out our latest newsletter here: http://kentlakefootball.com/august-survival-guide-2/. You can also follow Kentlake Football Booster Club on Facebook and Twitter. Get connected and stay up to date with what’s going on in the program! See the most updated PDF version of the calendar, along with the team volunteer day and team hike date here: http://kentlakefootball.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-spr-summer-final.pdf

August 9 – Permission Slips Due for Volunteering at Northwest Harvest
Part of being a part of the Falcon Football Family is serving our community and working a for a cause bigger than each of us as individuals. This Wednesday, August 10th, we will be serving our community by volunteering as a team at the Northwest Harvest Food Warehouse in Kent. Please print, sign and return the PERMISSION FORM to the weight room by Tuesday morning. We will all meet at the warehouse at 9:50am. Please arrange for your own transportation to and from. Let’s all show up and do our part! Directions, details and PERMISSION FORM are located at http://kentlakefootball.com/events/food-bank-volunteering/.

August 9 – Fall Camp (“2-a-days”) lunch money due
*We are asking all families to contribute $25 for their son to partake in team lunches during Fall Camp. *Please send in a check to one of the trainings, made to “KLFBC”, or use the payment system link at http://kentlakefootball.com/payments/.

August 15 – Online Fall Football registration DUE!
*Don’t be the guy who isn’t eligible to play because he didn’t get his paperwork in! Get it done today. Register here: https://www.familyid.com/programs/kentlake-2016-2017-fall-athletic-registration

August 17 – Fall Camp starts
*Fall Camp is Wednesday August 17th through Saturday the 20th, and Monday the 22nd. 8am-6pm.
*Each day of Fall Camp counts as 2 practices, which players need to be eligible to play in the first game.

August 19 – E-mail lists for HUDL fundraiser due (bring to Fall Camp)
*Each player needs to bring 10 e-mail addresses of family, friends, neighbors, or others who they think would consider supporting Kentlake Football. We will send out a direct-ask e-mail, requesting their support of our team. We are currently raising funds so we can buy new uniforms for the 2017 season.

August 20 – Team pictures during Fall Camp
*Watch for order form links and payment information to be e-mailed out soon!

August 27 – Mandatory Parent Meeting, Pancake Breakfast, and Team Scrimmages
*The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is only $18/family if you prepay by August 9th, or $5 per person at the door. Pre-pay link: http://kentlakefootball.com/payments/
*Sign up to help!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094eaca72ba02-season

Booster Club Meetings
*We usually meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month, starting in September, at 7pm in Room 1100 at KL. Please come join in! The teams rely on parents to get involved and lend a helping hand for meals, spirit wear sales, and much more. Many hands make light work, and we’d love to see every player represented. We especially need some incoming freshman families to get involved, and keep the booster club going into the future, as many members will be done with their service this year!

We are looking forward to a great season ahead with the entire Falcon Family!  GO FALCONS!

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New Spirit Wear Order Open!

Please see below our new football spirit wear order! We’re placing an initial order THIS WEEK so that it will arrive before the opening game. If you’d like to order, please print out the order form and bring with payment to conditioning by Friday, 8/12. Orders placed this week will be delivered at the team scrimmage on Saturday, August 27th.

We will probably have a second order window available, but those items won’t be delivered until the season has started.

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Fall Registration is now open!

Fall Registration is now open. You must register online for fall athletics, even if you already registered for spring practice.

http://www.familyid.com/kentlake-high-school

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August Calendar Updated

  • The evening workouts that were previously scheduled for next week have been cancelled. Double FEED points for attending morning workouts in August!
  • The Food Bank service project that was previously scheduled for August 16th has been moved to Wednesday August 10th. We’ll be working at the Northwest Harvest Kent Warehouse from 10:00 am to noon. More details to come.
  • The team hike to Poo Poo Point is on Monday, August 15th at 9:00 am. More details to come.
  • Fall Camp begins on Wednesday, August 17, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and will run through Monday, August 22nd. No practice on Sunday, August 21st. Regular practice time (2:30 to 6:00 pm) begins on Tuesday the 23th.
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August Payment Options

Hudl Fundraising Campaign Buyout – $150


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GET IT DONE Two Discount Card Buyout – $40


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Pre-paid family breakfast (by August 24th) – $18


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Register for Summer Team Camp ($100 Discount)

Now is the time to register for summer team camp, the Gridiron of Champions Camp at Evergreen State College, on June 18th through the 21st. All players, including incoming freshmen, are encouraged to attend.

Physicals and paperwork must be up to date in order to attend summer team camp.  Please contact Lisa Hillyard in the KL athletics office if you have questions about your eligibility or physical status.

Go to the Resources and Paperwork page:

  1. Read the “2016 Gridiron of Champions Team Camp Concussion Information”
  2. Print and sign the “2016 Gridiron of Champions Team Camp Registration Form” 
  3. Print and sign the “KSD Field Trip Permission Form”

Mail in completed paperwork, along with your check made out to “KLFBC” for the camp fee ($195 per player). Mail to:

KL Football Booster Club
Summer Team Camp
P.O. Box 156
Black Diamond, WA 98010

DO NOT BRING PAPERWORK AND PAYMENT TO SCHOOL! ALL PAPERWORK AND PAYMENTS MUST BE SENT BY MAIL TO THE BOOSTER CLUB P.O. BOX!  Mail paperwork and payment together. Your envelope must be postmarked no later than May 27th – this is a quick turn-around, so please take care of this right away. If you have any questions, please contact Marty Alberts at malberts@internationalbelt.com.

If you are not able to pay by check and need to use a card, you can pay online with the secure online payment link below.  A $6 convenience fee will be added, for a total charge of $201.  Your paperwork must still arrive to the Booster Club P.O. Box by June 1st.


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Register for Summer Team Camp ($50 Discount)

Now is the time to register for summer team camp, the Gridiron of Champions Camp at Evergreen State College, on June 18th through the 21st. All players, including incoming freshmen, are encouraged to attend.

Physicals and paperwork must be up to date in order to attend summer team camp.  Please contact Lisa Hillyard in the KL athletics office if you have questions about your eligibility or physical status.

Go to the Resources and Paperwork page:

  1. Read the “2016 Gridiron of Champions Team Camp Concussion Information”
  2. Print and sign the “2016 Gridiron of Champions Team Camp Registration Form” 
  3. Print and sign the “KSD Field Trip Permission Form”

Mail in completed paperwork, along with your check made out to “KLFBC” for the camp fee ($245 per player). Mail to:

KL Football Booster Club
Summer Team Camp
P.O. Box 156
Black Diamond, WA 98010

DO NOT BRING PAPERWORK AND PAYMENT TO SCHOOL! ALL PAPERWORK AND PAYMENTS MUST BE SENT BY MAIL TO THE BOOSTER CLUB P.O. BOX!  Mail paperwork and payment together. Your envelope must be postmarked no later than May 27th – this is a quick turn-around, so please take care of this right away. If you have any questions, please contact Marty Alberts at malberts@internationalbelt.com.

If you are not able to pay by check and need to use a card, you can pay online with the secure online payment link below.  A $8 convenience fee will be added, for a total charge of $253.  Your paperwork must still arrive to the Booster Club P.O. Box by June 1st.


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Register Online for Spring Football

No more running handfuls of forms to the Kentlake office!  You can now register for spring football at this link:

https://www.familyid.com/organizations/search?query=kentlake

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2016 Spring and Summer Football Calendar Updated

Coach Thompson has released the final version of the 2016 summer calendar, including the following important dates.  Please save the dates and watch for details to come!

May 25 – Gear check-out for top FEED point earners

May 31st – Spring practice begins for incoming sophomores, juniors, seniors.

June 1st – Team camp registrations due.

June 4th – Incoming freshmen gear check-out.

June 6th – Spring practice begins for incoming 9th graders.

June 18th-21st – Team Camp, Gridiron of Champions at Evergreen State College

June 27th-30th – Junior Falcons Camp

August 17 – First day of Fall Practice

 

 

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Falcons Vault into Playoffs!

On the strength of two big rivalry wins over Tahoma (6-2) and Kentwood (6-2), the Kentlake Falcons have secured a berth in the post-season, earning the #2 seed in the SPSL Northeast Division.  The back-to-back wins knotted up the playoff race, with Kentlake, Kent-Meridian, and Tahoma each ending with a 2-2 division record.  Based on strength of wins, Kentlake earned the #2 seed and Tahoma the #3 seed.  The Falcons next face SPSL Northwest #1 seed Thomas Jefferson (6-2) on Friday at 7:00 pm in a divisional seeding game.

Kentlake needed a victory against the division-leading Conquerors, ranked #9 in the state Associated Press 4A poll.  The Falcons started off quickly, successfully executing an onside kick to open the game, leading to a 6 yard TD run by senior quarterback Cody Faulkner.  A two point conversion pass from Faulkner to Marques Fuala’au was successful.  After kicking off, Kentlake held Kentwood to a three-and-out on their first possession, then drove the length of the field capped by a 7 yard TD run by junior Trask Rogers.  With a successful PAT from kicker Tyler Padilla, the first quarter finished with Falcons leading 15-0.

Kentwood responded in the second quarter with two long scrambles from senior quarterback Brian Campbell leading to a 6 yard TD pass to senior Conner Benson.  The two point try was no good.  Kentlake responded with a 65 yard drive, finished by a 9 yard TD run by Jacob Mancia.  The Falcons defense held strong in the second quarter, forcing two more three-and-out’s as well as a turnover on downs inside the Kentlake 20 yard line.  The score at halftime favored the Falcons, 22-6.

Following halftime adjustments, both defenses dug in as the teams exchanged multiple possessions.  Kentwood put together a solid drive near the end of the quarter, capped by a 1 yard QB sneak by Brian Campbell.  The touchdown and PAT made it a one score game, with the score at the end of the third quarter narrowed to 22-14, Kentlake.

The Kentlake offense took over in the fourth quarter, with a steady pace of inside rushing and quarterback keepers.  Senior RB Andrew Dixon, in his first game back from a significant knee injury, scored twice in the fourth quarter to extend the Falcons lead.  Down three scores with less than 5:00 minutes remaining, Kentwood was unable to make any big plays to rally.  The Conks drove and scored one final touchdown, but the clock and Kentlake defense allowed no more.  Kentlake was able to grind out the clock and end the game in victory formation.  The final score was Kentlake 36, Kentwood 21.

Kentlake played an exceptionally clean game, with a single penalty, no turnovers, and only one punt.  The offense was efficient and effective, with the experienced offensive line controlling the line of scrimmage.  The Falcons rushed for 305 yards and five touchdowns on the night.  The Kentlake defense played arguably their best game of the season, swarming to the ball without giving up any big plays.

Kentlake next faces Thomas Jefferson, who has put together a fine season and a 6-2 record with losses only to Graham-Kapowsin and Kentwood.  The game kicks off at 7:00 pm at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.  The result of this game will determine the Falcons matchup for the regional playoffs.

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Week Four Players of the Week!

Week 4 POTY

Coach Thompson has announced the following Player of the Week awards for Week Four:

Hit Stick Award – Micah Vaifale
Family – Andrew Dixon
Effort & Energy – Brandon Mortenson
Discipline – Trask Rogers
Special Teams Player of the Week – Eddie Edwards
Scout team players of the week – Jordan Rosado

Attaway, boys!

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Week Three Players of the Week!

POTY Week 3

Coach Thompson has announced the following players as Players of the Week for week three:

Hit Stick Award: Brandon Kelley
Family:  Brandon Kelley and Ben Engstrom
Effort and Energy:  Anthony Roller
Discipline:  Larry Alar
Special Teams Player of the Week:  Eddie Edwards IV
Scout Team Player of the Week:  Tuombe Selestine

Congratulations, boys!

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Week Two Player of the Week Awards!

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Coach Thompson has announced the following Player of the Week Awards for week two:

Discipline:  Mitchell Lockhart; Hit Stick, Mitch Alberts; Family, Drew Dixon; Effort and Energy, Trask Rogers; Special Teams, Tyler Padilla; Scout Team, Trey Helgeson and Eddie Edwards

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Week One Players of the Week!

Coach Thompson has announced the following Players of the Week for week one:

Week 1 POTW

 

Family award – Hudson Potts.  Effort and Energy award:  Jake Mancia.  Special Teams Player of the Week:  Michael Johnson.  Scout Team Players of the Week:  Eddie Eduards and Max Bolton.

Congratulations, boys!

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Fall Camp Starts Wednesday 8/19!

The 2015 football season officially begins with the first day of practice on Wednesday, August 19th!  The first five days (8/19-22 and 8/24) are “Fall Camp”.  The day will begin at 9:00 am with a morning practice, mid-day meetings and team-building, and an afternoon practice until about 6:00 pm.

Players must have all paperwork in and be cleared by the Kentlake athletics office to participate in practice.  Get all the details here.  Don’t be that guy that misses out because of paperwork!

The booster club is providing lunches during camp.  If you’d like a tasty lunch provided instead of having to bring one, please bring a $20 check to conditioning between now and August 14th, and give to Tanner Chick or David Morasch.  Or please bring a check to the first day of fall camp on August 19th!

Checks can be made out to KLFBC.

 

Football Registration Due Wednesday 8/12

All football players must ensure their paperwork is complete and turned into Kentlake by Wednesday, August 12 by 11:00 am.  Players will not be able to participate in practice until all paperwork is in.

The following forms are required:

  • 2015-16 Athletic Registration Form
  • Current Physical (Incoming freshmen must have a physical dated AFTER JUNE 1st)
  • 2015-16 Medical Emergency Information Card
  • 2015-16 Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Form

All forms are available here, or at the Kentlake main office.  Registrations may be turned in to the Kentlake main office any day during summer hours (Monday-Friday 9-noon and 1-3 pm).  The Athletics office will be open Wednesday, August 12th from 9-11 am.

Also, an ASB feed ($30) needs to be paid and all fines must be cleared.  ASB payments can be made online beginning August 12.  The Cashier’s office will be open Wednesday, August 12th from 9-11 am.

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Senior BBQ on Lake Sawyer!

SENIORS!

Annual Senior BBQ and Lake Day – Tuesday, August 11

All senior players are invited to the Lake Sawyer Resort for a BBQ and day at the lake. One of our senior parents will be there with their boat as well!  Plan to carpool from KL right after conditioning since parking space is limited.

*BBQ hot dogs are provided – please click the link below to sign up to bring a side, drinks or dessert!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4faea72ba75-senior

WHEN:       Tuesday, August 11, 11:00 am

WHERE:     Lake Sawyer Resort – 30250 224th Ave, Black Diamond

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Not Too Late For Youth Football!

Kentlake Football partners with the Kent Knights Junior Football and Cheer Association to provide feeder football programs for kids in grades one through eight.  The season begins in August, but it’s not too late to sign up and join a Kent Junior Falcons roster!

Registration is available on Saturday 8/1, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Kentwood HS.  Practice begins next Monday, 8/3, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Kentwood.  The first three practices are at Kentwood, 8/3 through 8/5, and you can sign up any of those nights.  After that, team rosters will be filled and the Falcons teams will begin practicing at Kentlake.

If you’d like to sign up, or you have any friends or family who may be interested, please print this flyer and bring it with you to registration to make sure you get assigned to a Falcons team.

If you have any questions, please visit www.kentknights.com, or bring your questions with you to one of the registration events next week.

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About the Kentlake Football Booster Club

The Kentlake Football Booster Club is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to support the football program at Kentlake High School.  We are a 501(c)3 designated tax-exempt organization.

The boosters help coordinate many activities, including preparing and serving pre-game meals, offering spirit wear, and producing game day programs.  We help coordinate special activities like Senior Night and the team awards banquet.  We do our best to keep you well informed through regular email newsletters, this website, and social media.  We raise money for the program through business sponsorships, hosting tournaments, and coordinating direct fundraisers.

We are an open organization.  Anyone who wants to help support Kentlake football is a member of the club.  We typically meet at Kentlake once a month during the school year.  These meetings will be advertised and are open to all.  If you feel called to help, please feel invited and welcome.

Your 2017 board members are:

Marty Alberts, President

Tony Heimann, Vice President

Kandace Alcocer, Treasurer

Jane McDaniel, Secretary

Please feel free to reach out to any booster club member with questions or ideas.  You can reach us via email at kentlakefootball@gmail.com.

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Summer Conditioning Continues!

Summer football conditioning will begin on Monday, June 22nd at 9:00 am!

Conditioning sessions will run every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 to 10:30 am all summer until fall camp begins in August.  See you there!

Do I need a new physical?

All players need to have a physical on file with the Kentlake athletics office in order to participate in a school sport.  Physicals are good for two years.

All incoming freshmen need physicals, dated after June 1st, to participate in fall sports. That physical will cover their freshmen and sophomore years.  Most juniors will then need new physicals, also dated after June 1st, that will cover their junior and senior years.

The required district form can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions about eligibility, you can contact the Kentlake athletics office at (253) 373-4900.

 

Who do I contact with questions?

We work hard to keep this site updated with the current information you need, so please take advantage of the website as a primary resource.

If you are not receiving our email newsletters and updates, please sign up for our mailing list (link on the home page).

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact us at kentlakefootball@gmail.com.  We’ll do our best to respond promptly!

 

Falcon Youth Football Camp Was A Great Success!

We had a great week of Kids Camp!  Over 30 high school players joined the varsity coaching staff to provide outstanding personal attention to all our campers.  It was a great time, and we hope you will consider joining us again next summer, and bringing a friend!

Kids Camp Pictures, First Day

Kids Camp Pictures, Last Day

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Calling all Future Falcons!  Kentlake Football is hosting a non-contact youth football camp this summer, from Monday, July 20th to Thursday, July 23rd.  Kids entering grades 3-8 in the fall are invited to join us!  Camp sessions will run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm each day on the Kentlake turf field.

Learn from Kentlake coaches and players what it means to be a Falcon!  Falcons Head Coach Brett Thompson says “We want our campers to walk away feeling excited about playing football and excited about playing for Kentlake“.

View and print the flyer and registration form here.  If you haven’t pre-registered, please bring the completed form and payment to the first day of camp.  On-site registration will be available starting at 5:30 pm on Monday, June 20th.

You may choose to pay online.  A $3 convenience fee applies for the online payment.  If you pay online, please be sure to specify your camper’s name when completing the transaction.  Please print a copy of the payment confirmation and bring to camp with your completed registration form.

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Falcons welcome new Head Coach Brett Thompson!

We are excited to announce the hiring of our new Head Coach, Brett Thompson!

Coach Thompson comes to Kentlake after eight years at Tahoma HS.  He earned his BA in Economics/Social Studies in 2003 and Masters in Teaching in 2005 from Western Washington University. While at Western, he played Outside Linebacker for the Vikings. He currently teaches American Studies at Tahoma High School and has been with the Tahoma School District since 2005. Brett has been happily married to his wife, Alicia, since 2003 and they have two beautiful children, Ayla and Brodie.

We extend our warmest welcome to Coach Thompson and his family!

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Falcons HC Chris Paulson Accepts Position at Curtis HS

Falcons Head Coach Chris Paulson met with the team last Friday and informed them that he has accepted the head coaching position at Curtis High School.  We would like to wish Coach Paulson and his family the very best, and thank him for his hard work and dedication to our student athletes.

Press release from Curtis High School:

Curtis High School is excited to announce the selection of Chris Paulson as the next Head Football Coach. Chris takes over for Clay Angle (Head Coach 2007-2014, 56-20) who resigned in December. Coach Paulson’s first head football coach position was at Mt. Rainier High School (Des Moines) in 2008 and 2009. In his first season, Chris led Mt. Rainier to the playoffs and in second season was able to double the number of student-athletes participating in the football program. Chris is leaving Kentlake High School after a successful 5-year stint as their Head Football Coach. During his tenure at Kentlake, Chris compiled a record of 31-20 including an SPSL League Championship in 2011 and three playoff appearances. Chris earned SPSL 4A Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and was invited to coach in the All-State game in 2012. Coach Paulson has published a book and two DVD’s detailing the Pistol Spread Triple Option Offense.

“Chris brings experience, knowledge, and passion for teaching football, but most important a coaching philosophy that values every student-athlete in his program. He has proven to be a magnetic coach that draws in student-athletes.”

Chris is a graduate of Auburn-Riverside High School in where he participated in football, basketball, and baseball. He continued his football career by walking on and playing linebacker at Washington State University. Coach Paulson is part of a football family. His youngest brother, David, is currently a member of the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League. Brother-in-law, Aaron Chantler, is the head football coach at Gig Harbor High School and his father-in-law is Gordon Elliot, head football coach at Auburn High School.

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Eleven Falcons Receive All-SPSL Northeast Honors

The following Kentlake Falcons were named to the All-SPSL Northeast teams for the 2014 season.  Congratulations, boys!

 

Matt Burley, senior – 1st team Defensive Back, 2nd team Wide Receiver, and nominated to play in the All-State Game.

Cody Lee, senior – 2nd team Running Back

Brett Lockhart, senior – 2nd team Defensive Line

Hayden Warneke, senior – 2nd team Linebacker

Anthony Roller, junior – 1st team Special Teams (Long Snapper)

David Morasch, junior – 2nd team Offensive Line

Trey Helgeson, junior – Honorable Mention, Quarterback

Cody Faulkner, junior – Honorable Mention, Defensive Back

Brandon Kelly, sophomore – 2nd team Defensive Line, Honorable Mention Offensive Line

Micah Viafale, sophomore – 2nd team Linebacker

Tyler Padilla, sophomore – Honorable Mention, Kicker and Punter

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Falcons finish strong with win over TJ

Our Falcons wrapped up their 2014 campaign with a 17-8 victory over Thomas Jefferson, ending their season on a two game winning streak.  The win evens Kentlake’s season record at 5-5.

Seniors Danstan Kaunda and Tino Wells each scored rushing touchdowns, and Wells added a run for a successful two point conversion.

The Falcons defense played well all night, holding the Raiders scoreless through three quarters.  Seniors Darrien Rodriguez and Matt Burley intercepted passes to end Jefferson drives.  Senior defensive end Brett Lockhart was all over the field, recording multiple tackles for loss.  Senior Hayden Warneke forced a fumble on a punt return, which the Falcons recovered.

Thank you to all our seniors who played their last game!  You will be missed and remembered!

 

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Senior Night This Friday!

Please be sure to arrive to French Field by 6:30 this Friday night as we honor our Senior football players and families on SENIOR NIGHT as they play their last regular season home game against Kentwood. Players and their families will be introduced before the game begins. We are excited to celebrate the commitment these players and their families have made to the program!
Senior Families and Players – Please be sure to turn your player’s information in tokentlakefootball@gmail.com ASAP. We need jersey #, favorite KL football memory and plans after high school. Parents, please meet Cherie Morasch and Trisha Chick down on track on Friday night at 6:20 pm.
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Falcons Win in Homecoming Game over Kentridge

Our Kentlake Falcons pulled away from the Kentridge Chargers in the second half of Saturday’s Homecoming game to secure a 56-27 victory.

Kentlake struck first, receiving the opening kickoff and driving 80 yards for the first score.  James George broke a touchdown run for 34 yards, aided by a great downfield block by WR Alex Shornal.  QB Trey Helgeson hit Matt Burley for a 23 yard touchdown in the second quarter, and then ran in another to cap the first half scoring with Kentlake leading, 21-14.

Kentridge responded on their first drive of the second half, driving the length of the field to tie the score at 21-21.  Helgeson took charge from there, consistently gashing the Chargers defense with tough running on the option keep.  Helgeson scored three more rushing touchdowns, and also competed a 74 yard bomb to Matt Burley.  Helgeson finished the game with four rushing TDs and two TDs passing.  With a three score lead in the fourth quarter, the Falcons ground the clock and chewed up nearly the entire period on a single offensive drive, capped by an 18 yard TD run by Senior RB Tino Wells.

The Falcons defense stiffened after giving up a scoring drive to start the second half, and didn’t allow an offensive touchdown for the remainder of the game.  Anthony Roller recovered a Charger fumble, and senior DB Josh Beckler intercepted a pass to end Kentridge drives in the second half.

Kentlake evens its overall record at 3-3, with a 1-1 division record, setting up a game with playoff implications at Tahoma (3-3, 0-1) next week.

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Applebee’s Breakfast Fundraiser Details

Calling all Football Families!

We had a good response tonight to our incentive offer to pre-purchase tickets for the October 18th Applebee’s Flapjack breakfast, which was mentioned in this week’s Falcon Football e-mail Update.

We realize that it was somewhat last-minute, and have had some more people want to take advantage of the offer, so we’re going to do it one more time before issuing tickets next week for players to sell. See details below:

It’s time for the most popular FUNdraiser of the year at the Covington Applebee’s! The players always have a great time serving breakfast and hanging out with their teammates. The proceeds benefit all players. Let’s come together and have a good time celebrating the season!

ALL KL football players and their families are asked to sell (5) $10 tickets for the breakfast. If you need more tickets than that, just send a check or cash to practice this Thursday (10/2) for the amount of tickets you want. Mrs. Morasch will be outside the locker room right after practice between 5:15 and5:45.

***We are offering an incentive to pre-pay for the tickets and sell them at your leisure, as this system seems to be easier for everyone.

Bring $30 cash or a check for $30 made out to “KLFBBC” to practice this Thursday (10/2), and you only need to sell 3 tickets, instead of 5. This will be your last chance to pre-purchase tickets.

Players, we need you there at the breakfast! Please report to the restaurant at 7:30 am, wearing your home game jersey, and plan to stay until 10:30 am. Coaches will be there, too. Please contact Cherie Morasch a.s.a.p. at cmorasch@yahoo.com to confirm with her that you will be there.

Let’s finish strong, Falcons!

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“C” Game Cancelled!

The “C” team game scheduled for tomorrow vs. Mt. Rainier at Kentlake has been cancelled.  All freshmen will travel with the JV to play at Mt. Rainier.  Kickoff is at 6:30 pm. Bring something to eat before the later kickoff!

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Falcons earn second victory over Mt. Rainier

Our Falcons shut out the visiting Mt. Rainier Rams on Thursday, 45-0, to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Junior slotback James George sparked the Falcons on their opening drive with a 42 yard run, setting up a 13 yard touchdown pass to George from Junior QB Trey Helgeson. George caught another touchdown pass from Helgeson in the first half, a 34 yard strike on 4th down and 20.

Helgeson threw two more touchdowns in the first half, 27 yards to Cody Lee, and 26 yards to Matt Burley.  Helgeson followed up a seven touchdown performance vs. Decatur last week with four first half touchdown passes this week.  Through three games, Helgeson has eight touchdowns passing and three rushing.

Burley set himself up for his first half touchdown by taking an interception return for 56 yards with 19 seconds remaining in the half.  Burley has five interceptions in the first three games of the season.

Drew Dixon and Micah Viafale each scored on short touchdown runs in the first half, and helped control the ball in the second half. Kentlake, up 42-0 at halftime, chewed up the entire third quarter on a single drive.

Junior PK Tyler Padilla capped the Kentlake scoring with a 32 yard field goal in the third quarter.

Junior LB Anthony Roller forced and recovered a fumble, as the entire Kentlake defense pitched a shutout.

Kentlake will open their SPSL Northeast schedule against Kent-Meridian (2-1) on Friday night at French Field.

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Falcons top Gators for first win!

In only his second varsity start, junior quarterback Trey Helgeson led the Falcons to victory over the Decatur Gators, 56-36, at French Field on Thursday. Helgeson racked up seven total touchdowns, four passing and three rushing. Cody Lee caught two touchdowns (45 yards and 17 yards), Matt Burley caught and ran for a 94 yard score, and James George scored from 47 yards out. Drew Dixon added a 9 yard TD run for the Falcons.

Burley added a 50 yard kickoff return and two interceptions, his third interception of the year. Tino Wells, Cody Faulkner, and Brett Lockhart each recovered fumbles for the Falcons defense. Junior linebackers Anthony Roller and Mitchell Alberts each recorded multiple tackles for loss.

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9/15 “C” Game Location Change!

Game UpdateThe game for Monday, September 15 has been changed to an away game at South Kitsap High School, 4:15 pm start time.   Players will be dismissed early from school and the bus will take them all to and from the game.
Directions to South Kitsap High School (425 Mitchell Ave, Port Orchard 98366) here.

 

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GAME DAY!

It’s finally here!  The 2014 season kicks off tonight at 7:00 pm at Art Crate Stadium in Spanaway.  If you’re going, allow plenty of time for traffic.  If you can’t make it, find the game on the radio (klay1180.com or via the TuneIn app), or follow @kentlakefalcons on Twitter for live updates!  Go Falcons!  Beat those Eagles!

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Tomorrow’s game broadcast on KLAY 1180

Tomorrow night’s opening game versus Graham-Kapowsin will be played at Art Crate Field in Spanaway. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm.  If you’re going, please allow extra time for traffic!  If you can’t join us at the stadium, you can catch the game on KLAY 1180 AM.  Their on-air signal is available in most parts of the Covington area, and you can also get it on their web page (klay1180.com) and on the TuneIn App.

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Team Pictures on Saturday

Team, group and individual pictures will be taken on Saturday, 8/23, from noon to 2:00 pm.  Players need to wear tall black athletic socks for pictures!

There will be a break from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.  Please bring a lunch to eat during this break.

At 3:00 pm, we will conduct baseline concussion testing for all players.

Practice from 4:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday.

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Practice Eligibility Details – Turn in Forms!

Please make sure you have turned in all the required 2014-2015 athletic registration forms – many of you may have turned these forms in prior to the Gridiron camp in June. These forms MUST be turned in to the Athletic Office at KL in order to participate!  You will find the forms attached here to print or you may get copies from the main office or Athletic office at the high school.

The following information is from the Athletic Office regarding details about turning in forms and eligibility:

ATHLETIC REGISTRATION:

All athletic registration forms need to be turned in between 9:00—12:00 or 1:00—3:00 p.m. on or before Wednesday, August 13 or Monday, August 18. 

Before turning out for a fall sport, you must:

  • Purchase an ASB Card ($30.00),
  • Clear all fines, and
  • Complete a physical/registration form and emergency card.

Be sure to send cash or a check for the ASB card ($30.00) and any fines OR pay online prior to the registration day, along with the athletic registration forms. Athletes who do not turn in all forms will not be eligible to practice on the first day dependent on whether forms turned in late can be processed in time.

If you turned in a physical form at Kentlake last year, (dated after June 1, 2013), you do not need a new physical.  Incoming 9th graders must have a school physical for High School Sports completed after June 1, 2014. Physicals from middle schools do NOT carry over.  ALL student athletes will need to turn in the athletic registration form and the emergency card at registration. If you are out of town on these two athletic registration days, you may have someone else register for you.

 

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Mark your calendars for the Preseason Scrimmage and BBQ!

Join us for the annual Falcon football scrimmage and BBQ!  This is a great event – invite your family to watch your player & enjoy grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and more!  It’s a great time to get to know other Falcon families in our football community!

Please RSVP for the BBQ by August 25 – more details on attached flyer.

Saturday, August 30th @ Kentlake:

Time:   9:00 am – 1:00 pm (scrimmages begin at 9:00, BBQ begins at approximately 11:00)

Cost:   $5 per person (player is free) or $20 a family for BBQ

Also, make sure to check out the following items for purchase at the event:

Falcon Fan Wear, Game Day Program Pre Sales, Football Booster Packs, Football Booster Local Discount Cards & Raffle tickets for a special KL Fan Basket.

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