Keenan Curran hasn’t even left yet – and he’s already making plans to come back.
After all, Federal Way High School is home to the former ballboy turned starting quarterback.
Curran first stood on the sideline at age 7. He learned the football program’s tradition watching two older brothers play.
Now it’s his show.
“It’s exciting,” Curran said. “Whenever I think about it, I kind of get chills.”
So exciting that he doesn’t want his story to end with graduation. He plans to return to the school, maybe as a teacher – and definitely as a coach.
But first, there is the business of leading the two-time defending South Puget Sound League South Division champion Eagles to the state playoffs.
“We’re coming back reloaded,” said Curran, who holds scholarship offers from eight NCAA Division I schools. “And I’m ready to do anything to keep the dynasty going.”
In addition to playing full time on the defense as a safety last season, Curran backed up starting quarterback Evan
Elliott, who in 2012 produced one of most efficient passing seasons in SPSL history, helping the Eagles reach the Class 4A state quarterfinals before losing to Camas.
“Evan told me, ‘It’s your team now – you’ve got to take them to places Federal Way football hasn’t been before,’ ” Curran said.
Curran brings a different style to the position. While not the accurate passer Elliott was, he is a more dynamic playmaker.
“In terms of being a home-run threat … he is the type of kid if a play breaks down – if 10 other kids do the wrong thing – he can gain 10 yards or score a touchdown,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said. “With him, we have a puncher’s chance with the football.”
Defenses will have their hands full trying to slow down Curran and standout tailback Chico McClatcher.
“We have some fire,” Curran said.
“We’re not basing anything on last year’s success. This year it’s a whole new Federal Way football team.”
And when Curran makes such proclamations, his teammates listen.
“If I had to choose between 100 of the best athletes, I’d put Keenan on my team,” Federal Way receiver Ryan Gnoinsky said. “He puts his all into everything.”
Another league title, and a deep run in the postseason would be a dream come true for Curran, who won the Class 4A triple jump championship last spring at Star Track and also is a varsity wrestler.
“I just like being on the field. It’s a paradise,” he said. “I’m ready to go. I’m accepting the leadership role 100 percent.”