High School Sports

Players, fans get their first taste of football

For three weeks, high school football coaches and players crammed for Friday’s big test – the season opener.

South Sound schools got their first test results Friday night.

“Everyone’s got questions,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said prior to kickoff. “We’ve done everything we could possibly do. I’m sure everyone in the state is ready to get started and see where they’re at.”

Fans began showing up early at Ingersoll Stadium where the Olympia Bears kicked off their season against Gig Harbor. At South Sound Stadium, a North Thurston team that returns five offensive starters faced old rival Chehalis in a nonleague game.

North Thurston’s Jake Klumker got his first start at quarterback after starting at tight end last season.

“Our coaches do a nice job of getting our players ready to play,” North Thurston coach Rocky Patchin said. “We’ve got a lot of young players. But I think our seniors won’t let us dip down too much.”

There was more at stake for the Bears, who opened with a league opponent.

“We’ll get a lot of answers tonight. We’ll find out where we’re at,” Beattie said.

Season openers will continue today. Capital will play O’Dea in the annual Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Qwest Field starting at 3 p.m. And Tumwater faces Timberline at South Sound Stadium starting at 7 p.m.