The Rogers High football team has a real weapon in receiver Cade Barrett.
But after losing both quarterbacks from last season, will the Rams have enough to get their playmaker the ball as they enter the inaugural season of the new 4A South Puget Sound League, a league known for tough defenses?
“My job is to be as much of a leader to the younger guys on the team as I can,” Barrett said. “Just provide them with an example to follow.”
My job is to be as much of a leader to the younger guys on the team as I can. Just provide them with an example to follow.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
The SPSL might support the state’s best defenses as Sumner, Bellarmine Prep and Olympia will join Curtis and Graham-Kapowsin, programs that are traditionally strong on the defensive side of the ball.
Rogers only scored in double digits in five games last year, as the Rams finished toward the bottom of the South with a 2-8 overall record. Rogers only averaged 13.9 points per game.
“We need to learn that when we get down to good teams, we need to stay positive,” Barrett said. “We need to not get down on ourselves when that happens. We did that, and it affected us the following week sometimes.”
Right now, Rogers is a team is in a flux after losing Jordan Bishop to graduation, and Kaiden Hammond transferred to Bonney Lake after emerging as a strong quarterback talent at the end of the season.
For second-year offensive coordinator Dane Looker, it’s a wait-and-see approach this summer in finding the Rams’ next quarterback.
That’s why Barrett is taking charge at wideout.
“I can help out whoever wins the job by creating as much of a target as I can. If I can get myself open, or help (another receiver) get an open look, then I’m doing my part to help (our next quarterback),” Barrett said.
With good early turnout at Rogers’ spring practice, coach Gene Bowen has to be hopeful that the youth can bring in potential.
Right now, Rogers needs to use spring to find some answers as the program ventures into on the school’s toughest season to date.
“It’s good to see a lot of young, new faces, but we’ll see (where they’re at),” Bowen quipped.
This spring and summer will be a wait-and-see approach for Rogers as it looks to find answers. But with Barrett on board, it’s one answer the Rams don’t need to look for.
I just want to go out there and give it my all, and take advantage of every opportunity I’m given. Catch every ball thrown to me, make every tackles, make the blocks for the running backs and just play as a team out there.
“I just want to go out there and give it my all, and take advantage of every opportunity I’m given,” Barrett said. “Catch every ball thrown to me, make every tackle, make the blocks for the running backs and just play as a team out there.”
If Barrett can do that come game time, Rogers just may be alright next season.