Lakewood returns to the gridiron | SLIDESHOW

The Cougars are back on the field for the first week of practice and have quite a few replacements to make, having graduated most of their offensive line — and they are taking the opportunity to be even better.

Lakewood Cougars practice plays on Monday

LAKEWOOD — The Cougars are back on the field for the first week of practice and have quite a few replacements to make, having graduated most of their offensive line — and they are taking the opportunity to be even better.

“It’s a process that is inevitable in high school football — you’re not going to keep the kids forever,” said head coach Dan Teeter. “There are a lot of kids who are working hard, looking for their time to shine. And it’s fun for the coaches because we need to go back and re-teach things that our guys with experience already knew — so we are looking forward to it.”

The Cougars went 9-2 in 2012 and ranked sixth in the state for the 2A, having made it to the state quarterfinals. Justin Peterson, Donovan Evans, Kolby Schueller and Brandon Stott were major players on the Cougars’ lineup last year but have moved on to college.

“We have two returning starters on the offensive line,” said Teeter. “Defensively, we’ve got six returners. We are basically replacing everybody who touched the football last year. Both of our quarterbacks graduated, as well as our top receivers and our top running backs. All offensive positions that touched the football last year are gone.”

That’s not to say that the team is lacking in talent — quite the contrary. Players have been taking time in the off-season for practice and weight room hours, all in preparation for this year.

“We have kids who are working hard to step up,” said Teeter. “Blake Watts is the starting quarterback and he has worked really hard in the off-season.  Running back Paulmer Gregory, a junior, saw a lot of varsity time last season. Keana Jackson, a senior, is battling for the running back position.”

Some familiar faces have returned to improve as receivers as well.

“Our new slot receivers have been doing very well at practice,” said Teeter. “We’ve got Brett Bustad and Randy Anaya stepping up.”

The Cougars will host Washington High School on Friday, Sept. 6, for the first game of the season.

“We feel really strong,” said Teeter. “Saturday night was one of our big team building days and it was our first double practice. We got to know about everybody on the team and the things they are dealing with, so it was a real positive night.”

 

More in Sports

3 locals make All State; others also honored by leagues

Two local athletes were named All State recently in boys basketball, and… Continue reading

Luke Dobler of M-P made the first team. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
M-P has 8, Arlington 6, MG 4 on All-Wesco North teams

Marysville-Pilchuck had eight athletes selected to winter-season Wesco 3A North all-league teams,… Continue reading

Steve Powell/Staff Photo 
                                The White family consists of Craig, Cayden, Alivia and Andie.
Wrestling is life for Marysville-Pilchuck’s White family

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MARYSVILLE – Many families wrestle with what to… Continue reading

The girls on the bench show a range of emotions at the clock winds down. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Arlington girls coach: They’ll be back

By Steve Powell spowell@arlingtontimes.com TACOMA - Joe Marsh’s Arlington girls basketball team’s… Continue reading

Arlington girls basketball team members celebrate as the horn sounds to end the upset against Eastside Catholic Saturday. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Arlington girls stun No. 1 team, end up 3rd at state

By Steve Powell spowell@arlingtontimes.com TACOMA - For most of the game Arlington… Continue reading

M-P loses to Wilson, ousted from state playoffs

TACOMA – Marysville-Pilchuck gutted out a tough performance, but still was knocked… Continue reading

M-P loses, still has shot at trophy; Lakewood ousted

No. 4 Garfield whipped No. 3 Marysville-Pilchuck Thursday morning 74-53, but the… Continue reading

M-P loses, still has shot at trophy; Lakewood ousted

No. 4 Garfield whipped No. 3 Marysville-Pilchuck Thursday morning 74-53, but the… Continue reading

Brady Phelps makes a behind-the-back pass. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
After OT loss, M-P plays at state at Tacoma Dome Wednesday morning

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com Cameron Stordahl scored 25 points to lead Marysville-Pilchuck… Continue reading

Blake Conyers and Shae Dixon double team the ball on the press. Lakewood’s defense sparked the comeback. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Sophomore sparks Lakewood to state in Yakima

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MOUNT VERNON – Seniors have led Lakewood’s boys… Continue reading

Workers put the astroturf in place.
Field of dreams for Little Leaguers in Marysville

MARYSVILLE – Playing on your home turf is taking on a new… Continue reading

Knight scores 29, but No. 2 Wilson too much for MG at Dome

TACOMA – Marysville Getchell’s first trip to state at the Tacoma Dome… Continue reading