KAPOWSIN — The morning was both perfect and peaceful. Absent at the Graham-Kapowsin High School practice field were loud horns signaling the end of practice periods – and ear-numbing whistles.
If coach Eric Kurle needed to get his point across to his players more than once Wednesday, all he needed was a volume adjustment on his booming voice.
With the Eagles’ depth at receiver and running back, and with Trevor Asbjornsen emerging as one of the better quarterbacks in the area, many figure Graham-Kapowsin will be a serious factor in the SPSL South Division this season.
"We are just refreshing kids on what they’ve done," Kurle said. "By the third or fourth practice, they should be ready mentally and physically."
Off in the south end zone stood the school’s largest presence – for the time being and the near future.
His name is Foster Sarell. He is 6-foot-6, 300 pounds. At the outset of fall camp, he projects as the starting left tackle.
Did we mention he is only a ninth grader?
And did we also mention he might be the first freshman to ever start at left tackle in the rugged South Puget Sound League?
"From day one, our seniors would be the first to say he is the best player on the line," Kurle said.
"People are going to find out," Asbjornsen said, "that he is a beast."
Sarell has always been big. Asbjornsen told a story when the two teenagers played a youth football game together.
"Someone yelled, 'Did he drive here?'" Asbjornsen said. "I heard that my seventh grade year."
Sarell grew up around Graham-Kapowsin football. He was a ballboy on the sidelines when he was 6. By seventh grade, he was a varsity starter on the offensive line at Frontier Middle School. He also is a standout basketball player.
"I played with a lot of the ninth graders who are here now (as juniors)," Sarell said. "Knowing them has helped a lot. They have my back a lot."
What was Sarell’s first activity for his first high school practice.
"Pushing that (blocking) sled," Sarell said, "from that end of the field to this end."