Sometimes they lose their tempers, and usually over the littlest of things – an ill-timed shove, push or fickle disagreement.
Just like any other family.
Only this is five Spanaway Lake High School linemen, all near 300 pounds, and all the heart of the Sentinels team entering the new season.
“We usually settle it out, one-on-one,” said junior offensive and defensive lineman Nathan Scanlan, who Spanaway Lake coach John Robak lists at 6-foot, 340 pounds.
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“Eventually, they’ll make up.”
Robak doesn’t mince his words. The Sentinels’ offensive and defensive line is the no-doubt-about-it strength of this team.
There’s Scanlan, the returning all-4A South Puget Sound League second-team offensive and defensive lineman, then there’s Leitumalo Hunkin (6-0, 290 pounds), Evin Corioso (5-10, 290), Dyriece Milholland-Fears (6-5, 285) and Kolin Kincaid, who they call “A-bomb.”
“Our offensive and defensive lines have set the tone,” said Robak, entering his 21st season as the head coach at Spanaway Lake. “They are going to take us as far as we can go.
“I know the kids know that is the strength of our team, so they kind of give them a push and give them props when we have big plays on offense. Whether it’s a run or a pass. When we are on defense, they set the tone for tackling and pursuit.”
They’ll need to make up for some inexperienced linebackers and defensive backs.
But 6-foot-4 safety Lovell Goodrum looked solid at the safety position, as well as running back in the second of two practices Spanaway Lake held Monday, the second they’ve had in shoulder pads. So did senior quarterback Ramon Gutierrez, who also plays linebacker, and speedy wide receiver and defensive back Marvin Williams Jr.
Williams is listed at 5-7, 150 pounds. So just imagine how pint-sized he looks next to some of Spanaway Lake’s massive linemen.
“I do, I do, I can’t even lie about it,” Williams said. “I’m one of the smallest players on the team, but when I’m next to them I feel really small.
“They’re monsters, to be honest. They’re pretty vicious.”
With little depth and a league that features Graham-Kapowsin (which last year made the 4A state semifinals), Emerald Ridge (the reigning league champ), Curtis (four state titles in school history) to go with Bethel, Puyallup and Rogers – Spanaway Lake’s season might be on the backs of that line.
But they seem plenty strong enough to carry the load.
“I think we can make it to state. Actually, win,” Hunkin said.
“We look good this year. Everyone is coming and they’re trying hard and actually want to run and want to condition.”
“Our offensive and defensive lines can always keep us in the game,” Robak said. “I tell our kids that luck follows hustle, so hustle all of the time.”
The News Tribune will visit 17 high school football practices in the 14 days leading up to the first Football Friday of the season, breaking down some of the teams, players and storylines entering the 2015-16 season.
The tour will include three schools from the 4A Narrows League, four teams from the 4A SPSL, two from the 3A Narrows League, two from the 3A SPSL, one from the 2A Evergreen Conference, two from the 2A SPSL, one from the 1A Evergreen, one from the 1A Nisqually and one from the 2B Pacific.
Teams will be revealed each day, starting with the first day of official practices Wednesday, Aug. 19.
TNT PRESEASON PRACTICE TOUR
Practice preview: South Sound’s four most illustrious 4A schools enter new eras
Aug. 19: Timberline Blazers
Aug. 22: Kentlake Falcons
Aug. 26: Black Hills Wolves
Aug. 28: Yelm Tornados
Aug. 29: Clover Park Warriors
Aug. 31: Mount Tahoma Thunderbirds
Sept. 1: Eatonville Cruisers
Sept. 2: Charles Wright Tarriers
Sept. 3: Sumner Spartans
LEAGUE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS
In-depth look at some of the top storylines, team-by-team breakdown, games to watch and predictions from the 4A Narrows, 4A SPSL, 3A Narrows, 3A SPSL, 2A SPSL, and 1A Nisqually, as well as capsules from other area small-school teams.
State football overview: Dual-threat QBs have Auburn Mountainview, Gig Habor thinking state
Preseason TNT All-State football team: Graham-Kapowsin’s Foster Sarell on of nation’s top 2017 recruits
3A Narrows: Is that Xavier Cooper? Or Wilson’s A.J. Ruffin?
2A Evergreen: Team capsules
1A Nisqually: Team capsules. Story Saturday.
Small schools: Team capsules