If their performance during the jamboree is any indication, the Future Hawks are well prepared for the 2009 season. The team looked good on offense and defense in two scrimmages on Aug. 29 at Peninsula High School.
Under the jamboree format, each team gets the ball on offense for 10 minutes. Action takes place on half of the field, with drives starting at the 35-yard line.
Their first opponent was the Vikings from Puyallup, who started with the ball. Julien Dillon broke up one pass, nearly picking it off in the process. Tanner Dillon sacked the Viking quarterback on two consecutive plays. The Vikings finally got a break, with a receiver catching a pass in the end zone and just keeping a foot in bounds for a touchdown.
The remainder of the time on offense for the Vikings consisted of short runs and an incomplete pass.
The Future Hawks’ offense took over with Tanner Dillon at quarterback. Running back Ashanti Kindle took a handoff, went left and scampered 25 yards for a touchdown.
Tanner Dillon connected with John Huyghue for a 15-yard pass on the next drive. The Future Hawks switched from their standard wishbone formation to an ‘I’ formation on the next play, which resulted in Ashanti Kindle running 20 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown.
On the next play Julien Dillon took the handoff, went left and ran 35 yards untouched into the end zone.
They went to the ‘I’ formation on the next play. Ashanti Kindle got the ball and went to the left, cut back and ran to the right for 35 yards for another touchdown.
On several occasions the Future Hawks changed the typical wishbone, putting two backs near the quarterback and the third behind them. They went with this look on the next play and Darius Marshall took the handoff. He went up the middle for 35 yards for a score.
The offense finally drifted away from perfection when Julien Dillon fumbled and the Vikings recovered the ball.
Tanner Dillon went back to pass, found no one open and ran 25 yards to the end zone to finish the scoring onslaught.
They faced the Vikings from University Place in their second scrimmage. The Vikings had the ball first and threw often out of their ‘I’ formation. The Future Hawks took down their passing game, with Jerome Billie and Solo Augkhopinee both making interceptions.
The Future Hawks scored three touchdowns, two of them on runs of 20 yards and 13 yards by Ashanti Kindle.
Brandon Reynon coaches the offensive and defensive lines. He was impressed with how the defense limited the Puyallup Vikings to short runs. “We have been working a lot on containing running backs,” he said.
He feels the defensive line played a key role in the second game. “The two interceptions can be attributed to forcing their quarterback out of the pocket,” Brandon Reynon said.
The Future Hawks scored at will on long runs against the Puyallup Vikings. Brandon Reynon attributed this to his players being in good shape. “We run a strict conditioning program. We have been conditioning since the second week in July,” he said. “The other team got tired.”
The offense displayed some good blocking as well. “For the past six weeks they have been hitting each other,” Brandon Reynon observed. “Today they got to hit other people.”
“These kids are hard workers and love the game. They play it with intensity, enthusiasm and heart.”
The Future Hawks open their regular season at Mt. Tahoma High School at 3 p.m. on Sept. 12 for a game against the Graham Eagles.