Here is an inside look at the 2019 Graham-Kapowsin Eagles football team.

Links: Graham-Kapowsin team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

10-2 in 4A SPSL (second place); lost to Lake Stevens in 4A quarterfinals

COACHING RESUME

Eric Kurle, 15th season

116-35 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 4. Defense – 9.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

WR/TE Eython Daugherty, 6-2, 190, sr.

RB Michael Kelley, 6-2, 235, sr.

WR Malaki Roberson, 5-9, 165, sr.

OL Gavin Smithson, 6-3, 255, sr.

QB Nate Thomas, 6-2, 185, sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DL Nassier Ford, 6-0, 225, sr.

DL Nico Gallo, 5-9, 235, sr.

DB Tino Hansen, 5-10, 180, sr.

DB Seth Olmos, 5-10, 170, sr.

DB Elija Reed, 5-10, 190, sr.

THREE TO SEE

Eython Daugherty, wide receiver

Receiving group has wide array of skills, but he is physical presence between hashes

Tino Hansen, defensive back

Entire starting secondary returns, led by this all-league strong safety, who hits with flair

Malaki Roberson, wide receiver

Nearly a 1,000-yard receiver last year, here comes league MVP/all-state type breakout

OUTLOOK

You lose a four-year starting quarterback like Dylan Morris (9,815 yards, 99 TDs), and you have to take a step back, right?

Not so fast.

The Eagles were nearly unstoppable during spring football, winning two prestigious passing tournaments with Thomas running the show — and the likes of Roberson, Daugherty and Hansen catching passes.

But here is why they are the league favorites: Their deepest and most talented units — both lines — were not even showcased in offseason tournaments.

On offense, Smithson is an all-league center, and sophomore Vega Ioane is a high-upside newcomer at left tackle who has worked with alumnus Foster Sarell, now at Stanford.

And on defense, twin sophomores Curtis and Hunter Hill — arguably Graham-Kapowsin’s two best players — will add immediate pass-rushing pressure with Ford and Gallo.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: Sheldon (OR), 7 p.m.

Sept. 12: Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19: at Emerald Ridge, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: at Puyallup, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: Olympia, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11: at South Kitsap, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: Curtis, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: at Rogers of Puyallup, 1 p.m.

Oct. 31: Sumner, 7 p.m.

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