Olympia football preview: Mitch Fettig -- Bears' potential game-changer; plus Tenino, MMK previews

mwochnick@theolympian.comSeptember 5, 2013 

Olympia's football preview story: Mitch Fettig -- Bears' potential game-changer

Tenino football preview story: Beavers plan to rebuild with youth

 

About the Bears

Coach: Bill Beattie, 19th season

2012: 4-6, third in 4A Narrows; lost in districts

Offense: Coordinator (set) -- Beattie (multiple); returning starters -- 6

Top players: OL Jimmy Fish, 6-2, 215, sr.; RB Cedar Frost, 5-9, 190, sr.; OL Dan Mongovin, 6-2, 245, sr.; QB Kaden Wilson, 6-3, 185, jr.; RB Collin Courter, 5-10, 165; RB Caden Waggoner, 5-9, 210, sr.; QB Derrick Becker, 6-0, 185, sr.

Defense: Coordinator (set) -- Greg Hargrave (4-3); returning starters -- 5

Top players: DB Mitch Fettig, 6-0, 180, sr.; LB Elijah de la Cruz, 5-9, 195, sr.; DB Randy Jones, 6-0, 175, sr.; DB Cooper Murphy, 5-9, 170, sr.

Outlook: Hargrave, Olympia’s wrestling coach, is a familiar face in a familiar face. He was the defensive coordinator from 1997-’00. ... Olympia’s uniforms will feature decals remembering the late Todd McDougall, who was the Bears’ defensive coordinator from 2001-’12. ... Becker joins the Bears after the past two seasons as Capital’s starting quarterback.

 

Olympia’s football schedule

All games at 7 p.m. unless noted

* Denotes 4A Narrows League game

Home games in CAPS

 

Friday, Sept. 6 -- at Lake Oswego (Ore.)

Friday, Sept. 13 -- CAPITAL

Friday, Sept. 20 -- TIMBERLINE

Friday, Sept. 27 -- at Stadium *

Saturday, Oct. 5 -- SOUTH KITSAP *, 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11 -- at Central Kitsap *

Friday, Oct. 18 -- GIG HARBOR *

Friday, Oct. 25 -- at Bellarmine *

Friday, Nov. 1 -- YELM *

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About the Beavers

Coach: Jeff Zenisek, fourth year

2012: 6-4, third, in 1A SWW Evergreen; lost in districts

Offense: Coordinator (set) -- Kevin Ridout (spread); returning starters -- 4

Top players: RB Zack Chamberlain, 5-10, 180, sr.; OL Nihls Peterson, 6-3, 190, soph.; K/P Kendall Cadwell, 6-3, 180, sr.;

Defense: Coordinator (set) -- Zenisek (4-3); returning starters -- 3

Top players: DL Riley Noonan, 6-0, 210, soph.; LB Thomas Pier, 5-9, 170, soph.

 

Tenino’s football schedule

All games at 7 p.m.
* Denotes 1A SWW Evergreen game
Home games in CAPS

Home games in CAPS

Friday, Sept. 6 -- RAYMOND

Friday, Sept. 13 -- at Washougal

Friday, Sept. 20 -- at Elma *

Friday, Sept. 27 -- at Forks *

Friday, Oct. 4 -- RAINIER *

Friday, Oct. 11 -- LA CENTER

Friday, Oct. 18 -- at Montesano *

Friday, Oct. 25 -- HOQUIAM *

Friday, Nov. 1 -- ROCHESTER *

 

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Mary M. Knight Owls

Coach: Matt Brkljacich, first year

2012: 9-2; lost in 1B state quarterfinals

Offense: Coordinator (set) -- Brkljacich (8-man Wing-T); returning starters -- 3

Top players: OL Gus Ogg, 6-2, 220, sr.; RB Adam Pais, 5-5, 160, jr.

Defense: Coorinator (set) -- Brkljacich (4-2); returning starters -- 2

Top players: DB James Anderson, 5-10, 155, jr.; LB Brent Boley, 5-10, 165, soph.; DL Tim Tien, 6-0, 170, soph.; DL Isaiah Thompson, 5-9, 200, soph.; DL/K Austin Renecker, 5-11, 200, jr.

Outlook: The Owls had their best season in school history in 2012 for the number of wins (nine) and playoff run (1B state quarterfinals), but graduation means a number of positions need to be filled. Brkljacich quarterbacked Central Washington in the mid 1980s. ... Former head coach John Schultz, also MMK’s principal and athletic director, is stepping down after one seasons, but is still on staff as an assistant. ...

 

Mary M. Knight football schedule

Home games in CAPS

Saturday, Sept. 7 -- BYE

Saturday, Sept. 14 -- QUILCENE, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21 -- BYE

Saturday, Sept. 28 -- at Lake Quinault, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5 -- OAKVILLE, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10 -- WASHINGTON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, 3 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18 -- at Muckleshoot, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26 -- LYLE, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2 -- WISHKAH VALLEY, 1 p.m.

 

Oakville Acorns

Oakville did not respond to requests for team information

 

-- Meg Wochnick, staff writer

 

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