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‘Vicious’ Spanaway Lake linemen key to Sentinels’ season

VIDEO: Big guys key for Spanaway Lake

If Spanaway Lake is going to compete in a tough 4A SPSL South, the Sentinels will have to do so on the backs of their offensive and defensive lines.
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If Spanaway Lake is going to compete in a tough 4A SPSL South, the Sentinels will have to do so on the backs of their offensive and defensive lines.

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.

“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.”

TJ Cotterill:253-597-8677



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.


Practice preview: South Sound’s four most illustrious 4A schools enter new eras

Aug. 19: Timberline Blazers

Lincoln Abes | Video: Masaki Matsumoto on a mission

River Ridge Hawks

Chief Leschi Warriors

Aug. 20: Bonney Lake Panthers | Video: Panthers have pieces in place

Aug. 21: Federal Way Eagles | Video: D’Jimon Jones, Andrzej Hughes-Murray stepping up

Aug. 22: Kentlake Falcons

Aug. 24: Spanaway Lake Sentinels | Video: Big guys key for Sentinels’ season

Aug. 25: Emerald Ridge Jaguars | Video: Can new players bring ER similar success?

Aug. 26: Black Hills Wolves

Aug. 27: Stadium Tigers | Video: Don’t expect same 0-10 Tigers

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

Sept. 4: First Football Friday of the 2015-16 school year


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

Preseason TNT rankings: Gig Harbor No. 2 in 4A, Auburn Mountainview third in 3A, Tumwater 2nd in 2A and Cascade Christian No. 3 in 1A

4A Narrows: Olympia will compete for playoff spot, like always

4A SPSL: UW commit Amandre Williams can do just about everything for Tahoma

3A Narrows: Is that Xavier Cooper? Or Wilson’s A.J. Ruffin?

3A SPSL: Lakes cousins Jaiave Magalei and Maika Magalei might as well be brothers

2A Evergreen: Team capsules

2A SPSL: Willie Patterson, Alex Bing can lift Franklin Pierce back to league title

1A Nisqually: Team capsules. Story Saturday.

Small schools: Team capsules