Football: ALL IN

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Margaret Baumgartner, Sports Editor

Every year, the senior football players decide on a word or phrase for the team to follow that season. This season, that phrase is All In.
“Being All In is being willing to sacrifice for one common goal: to win the state championship,” senior captain Briar Cameron-Stachowiak said. “It means you are selfless and willing to do whatever it takes for the team.”
The word or phrase that is chosen that year is then sand blasted onto a rock at the bottom of the hill at the north end of the field.
“I always tell the team that every word on that rock, you own that,” coach Steve Valach said.”We try to incorporate past and current words every week into practice. They are words to live by.”
With three wins, including an influential one against Issaquah last Friday, already under their belts the team is playing their best and are truly putting their all into this season. In their first two games they had two defensive scores, one in each game, and have scored over 50 points per game.
Despite being a young team consisting of only 8 seniors, the team is carving their way to State.
“It’s hard to know where you stand, especially with so many young players and new starters,” Valach said. “But these words bring us together. All In is about commitment, it’s about determination, it’s about being purposeful and selfless.”