Regular High School Cover 2 readers will remember that we have been following closely the attempts to create a Community College (Junior College) football league in Washington. The hope was that if teams were able to run independently of the school that they were nominally attached with, it might eventually be possible to officially re-institute Community College football.
To say that there have been growing pains associated with keeping the dream alive would be a gross understatement. When the NWCCFL (Nortwest Community College Football League) failed due to monetary problems and a difference in philosophies, the new NWJCFL (Northwest Junior College Football League) was created out of the ashes. There continues to be problems and differences. Teams have disbanded and new ones created. There are currently, at least at this writing, five teams playing football with players who are enrolled and in good standing at a Community College in this state. A sixth team, the Kitsap Peninsula Warhawks is scheduled to begin play in 2012. Two of the league teams have chosen to operate outside of the NWJCFL umbrella. How this will play out in the long run is anybodies guess. We just hope that the teams remain and areas athletes continue to have a place to play and another incentive to continue their education.
One of the teams that we have been following closely is the newly formed Everett Red Raiders which primarily recruits players attending school in the north sound. The Red Raiders played their first contest last Saturday night in Port Angeles against a team billed as the Olympic Peninsula All-Stars; a squad comprised of players from the Olympic Peninsula Eagles and Kitsap County Bears; two semi-pro teams.
To say that Everett dominated the game would be kind. After the dust had cleared, the scoreboard read: Everett 57, All-Stars 10. Everett led 30-6 with approximately six minutes left in the first quarter. Not bad for a team playing it's first ever game.
Everett coach Tim Dennis told us that his offensive and defensive lines played well, but that the game got a little sloppy in the second half because of his teams big lead. Overall, he thought his team had played well, but that they relaxed in the second half and he has some teaching moments to expound upon in practice.
On offense, the Red Raiders rushed for 195 yards on 15 attempts. Quarterback Nathan Worthen, a Freshman from Burlington, threw for 364 yards in 29 attempts. Running backs Julian Willis and Jake Salas had almost identical days with Willis rushing for 77 yards and Salas for 79.
If you would like to view the statistics from Saturday's game, click here and then on the box score for the game.