We can finally exhale. To a person and player, not a peep about the stadium fire and how it affected the team. Montesanoites don’t complain. Going on two full years now.
What we saw this year from the Montesano Bulldog football program was nothing less than epic. Not to take a thing away from the 2012 State 1A championship team last year. Not a thing.
The 2013 Montesano Bulldog football program was a master’s class in leadership training. The seniors this year, the bulk of the team, never were able to run onto their own field and the history that envelops it. They were never able to look over at the stands and see their friends and family. Certainly they were present over the last two years on the road. But it isn’t really the same.
This was not a championship year and a return to the Tacoma Dome, yet it was equally successful. At the heart of the program are the Coaching staff led by the Chessmaster himself, Terry Jensen, and many other coaches. Did they teach the fundamentals of the game? Sure. We were even able to have a winning season this year and go to state. Something else was as work as well.
We as adults always wonder where the next generation of leaders come from. “These kids today”, a common expression. As far as Montesano is concerned, look to the 2012-2013 group of players and the adversity they excelled under.
Life doesn’t always go the way you want it to. Things will never be fair. What makes an individual strong and instills leadership is adversity and learning to deal with it. I believe we are a lucky town to have these young men in it. Future leaders in any field they choose. For those of us who follow the program we will always remember these last two years as being not the dark stadiumless time, but one in which Montesano excelled. Excelled through a group of kids who became men and showed all of us what real toughness is all about.
There is no doubt in my mind that should the new stadium start to fall behind, the school Superintendent himself will be out there with a shovel all spring. Next year things will go back to normal.
For now though a personal thank you to the school, coaching staff, and players that are the Montesano High School Bulldog Football program. From those of us who have bled on that field, and the little Bulldogs with wide eyes growing up to the sight, sound, and pageantry….dreaming of their own entrance onto that hallowed dirt. Well Done. Well Done.
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Every year we sort of start to notice break out players on the Bulldog football team. Our last year favorite, Zach Nelson has company this year. Just a note about Zach, one of the nicest kids you ever would meet, but on game night it was like they let him out of a cage. He hit like a college linebacker.
Prior to the first whistle in the opener against Aberdeen, last year superstar and State Champion Cody Sampair called me over and whispered “ hey, watch my brother Jacob this year.” I figured it was big brother talk…..but he was right. Oh boy was he right.
Montesano won over Rochester this last week by the skin of their chinny-chin-chin. If you ask me, and you aren’t but I’m going to give my opinion anyway, it was the sheer determination of #33 Jacob “get er done” Sampair. His four touchdowns showed the spark I believe this year’s team needs. Everywhere our 2013 Bulldog team is loaded with talent. Make no mistake about it those four touchdowns wouldn’t have happened without the skilled play and maturity of senior QB #10 Noah Ewing and the Rocket #20 Kenny Roy clearing holes. So many more to list but space doesn’t permit here. The whole team deserves a standing O.
I am in the camp that, sure I want them to win all the time, but personally it is more fun to watch the team progress through the year. The team works hard, I watched a practice this week….oh brother do they work hard. The Chessmaster – Coach Terry Jensen yelled sit, and for a moment….I wanted to sit. Trust me on this one, just this one time. Get out to a game this week. You will have fun, I promise. You can read and talk about Bulldog Power all day – but you really have to see it for yourself.
NOTE: This is one game we at MT have been looking forward to all year. While we love our Bulldogs, the Rochester school / students/ and team are a great bunch. If Monte can’t win it all, we always root for the Warriors. They have a good team this year and it should be a fun game.
In an effort to better understand the up coming game between the Montesano Bulldogs and the Forks Spartans, Montesano Today made the three-hour drive and traveled this weekend to the city of Forks Washington. Deep in the woods of the upper Olympic Peninsula, the city was clouded in fog and it’s usual light drizzle of rain.
Fortunately, we found a young couple resting off the side of the road and spending the day in a field not too far from the edge of town - they were more than willing to give us their insight on the upcoming game this Friday night.
MT: Thank you for visiting with us, do either of you follow High School football?
EDWARD: Well, not so much anymore, I spent way too many years in high school, but I do follow the game. You shouldn’t pay too much attention to their record as it doesn’t reflect their talent. Forks this year has some outstanding areas, first would be their special teams play and improving linebackers…..….
BELLA: Excuse me, but really Edward? Look, say what you want about Forks, I mean – we live here and everything, sort of – but if you want to talk about excitement you just have to love the Bulldogs.
EDWARD: Cuddle cake, I don’t think you …..
BELLA: Can I finish? I have a friend that is really into dogs and stuff, and he has been showing me films of the Montesano Bulldogs. Wow! What a team. That bulldog mascot is so cool. I mean they were good last year, what with the championship and everything but…
EDWARD: Dogs? When has he been showing you films? Come on crinkle-nose, you can’t judge….
BELLA: Eddie, my reason for living, I was talking. Remember we talked about this. Like I was saying the Bulldogs just have such a great bunch of players this year. Most of them are playing both sides of the ball and excelling no matter what is asked of them.
MT:Do you have a favorite player Bella?
BELLA: It’s hard to pick just one. One week it is QB #10 Noah “Mr. Cool” Ewing – they way he just controls everything. The next week that #31 Anthony Louthan catches my eye. He just does things on the field that I can’t look away from.
EDWARD: Just pick one already!
BELLA: I can’t, they are just both so….so….Bulldogish.
EDWARD: Let me get back to the game. Sure Louthan is good, but really. Is he a quarterback or a running back… they don’t………
BELLA: Yes, both. If you would let me finish Mr. knows everything about everything. There is just so much more to Montesano. The whole team really. Sure they are having some problems, Woodland and Cascade Christian exposed the ball control weakness and vulnerability to the outside run. I am sure this week Coach Jensen will have corrected the problems and open up a more robust passing game to take advantage of the REC/LB matchups that favor the Bulldogs. Just be grateful those losses were non-league play. And that #7 Tristin Darst. Wow does he excite the crowd.
EDWARD: The Magician? Give me a break I’ll show you some real magic…
MT:At this point during the interview Bella began to cry and Edward just sort of vanished. As it was getting dark, we decided to conclude the interview.
ED NOTE: It is doubtful that we will be able to travel to Forks to stream the game live due to the lack of 4G LTE service needed to create a hot spot capable of upstreaming. (Montesano Today is never granted stadium WiFi access) – Our line on the game is Montesano +14. We have to apologise for the recent Swami previews. (see earlier postings) – After last week, we discovered that he wasn’t a real Swami. We are in the process of replacing him.
It started out bad, got worse, and eventually all fell apart. Despite the moves by coach Terry “Chessmaster” Jensen, the Woodland Beavers continued their roll last Thursday evening over the Montesano Bulldogs.
The final score of 47 – 3 could have been worse. Much worse.
Were it not for the outstanding play of the Bulldog defense, the route would have been much higher. Players like #5 Logan “the Handyman” Truax , #4 Jordan Bussard , #65 Isaiah Pellegrino worked tirelessly the entire game and prevented additional Beaver scores working with the team. The Magician, #7 Tristin Darst, reached into his hat several times, exciting the crowd, but in the end…..the Beaver defense was just too much.
The front line for Montesano, the “Brick Wall” , held, for the most part – leaving the Woodland team to take advantage of their size and speed – running at will on the outside and also showing a well honed passing game.
The Beaver special teams play was a sight to behold. Woodland shut down Montesano on kickoffs, and created big plays for themselves , setting up the powerhouse Woodland Quarterback #6 Hunter “the Destroyer” Huddleston with excellent field position for most of the game. Montesano Today shout out to Beaver player #1 Dillan Beckwith, their kicker. This kid has a future at the college level. Most solid kicker I can remember seeing at the high school level. Ever. #40 Eli “all the way” Whitmire is going to give fits to any team on their schedule this year. If the Bulldogs are lucky enough to return to the closest thing Montesano has had to a home in the last two years, the Tacoma Dome…we will be seeing these players again. Hopefully the
Chessmaster will have a new opening gambit.
Montesano on offense sputtered and never really took off. Mostly three and out possessions, again – thanks to the skill, size, and speed of Woodland. Coach Jensen tag teamed the QB position with #10 Noah Ewing and now healthy #31 Anthony Louthan, but nothing worked.
And then there were fumbles.
The Bulldogs had a hard time holding onto the ball. I’m not going to say anything more about it. It hurts too much.
Despite the loss, the Montesano team looked good. I realize it is hard to justify that opinion with a 47 to 3 loss staring you in the face. Ewing continues to show a very good control in the QB position. Crisp clean hand offs etc. #33 Jacob “get er done” Sampair is well….getting it done. All of the offense is poised to explode. It will come. Trust me.
What impressed me the most about the Bulldogs was that they never gave up. This game was over at the half, everyone knew it. The Bulldogs came out and worked as hard as they could until the last minute. That is class.
We will get them next time.
The Montesano Today player of the game is “the Handyman” #5 Logan Truax. It looked like he played every single position during the game from the stands.
The Montesano Mini Cheer entertained the crowd during halftime. Lots of fun!
For some reason the software wouldn’t let me change the game name at the bottom title bar…have to figure that one out for next time. Sometimes when you are on a hot spot things happen….Anyway….
Montesano Bulldogs 2-1 (H) vs. Woodland Beavers 3-0 non conference game
EDITOR NOTE: While Montesano Today is completely in the bag for the mighty Montesano Bulldogs, we realize that with our stadium burned to the ground and problems finding a home to play in for the entire year, some of the far away schools students and fans, such as the Woodland Beavers, may have some problems attending on the Thursday night games as they would normally do. If one of the parents knowledgable about the team that makes the game wants to come over and help call it during the broadcast it would be nice. I know alot of the Woodland kids would like to be there but on a school night it just isn’t practical. I expect a large on-line viewing audience from Woodland this week.
David vs. Goliath?
One thing that comes with a state championship are the tests of your metal and strength. One such test is coming this Thursday at Stewart field in Aberdeen (start time 7:00pm streamed live on montesanotoday.com) as the still homeless Montesano Bulldogs 2-1 take on the 2013 Washington State High School football powerhouse Woodland Beavers 3-0. And I do mean zero.
Woodland has ground their opponents into their victorious fee-fi-fo-fum dust this year, averaging 325 yards of total offense and a whopping 43 points per game. Equally and efficiently split between running and passing, the Beaver offense is a balanced sight to behold. Scores such as the 74-0 lesson in prep football the Beavers imparted with dismissiveness against the smaller weaker Seton Catholic team last week, or the 40–0 school yard beating over Kalama, where they did everything but hold them upside down and shake out their lunch money after the game….. should strike concern in any opposing team taking the field against them. In fact, the Woodland Beavers are so commanding, they have only allowed 7 points against them all year. (there is debate that the one and only score was a fluke)
Size, speed, coaching, talent….they have it all.
Enter the Bulldogs:
The still homeless defending 2012 Washington State 1A champion Montesano Bulldogs are not to be discounted. The sober ying of field generalship executed deftly by Senior Quarterback #10 Noah Ewing - combined with the impulsive yang of explosive talent such as REC/DB #7 Tristin “the Magician” Darst and RB/LB #33 Jacob “get er done” Sampair has shown marked improvement over the last three weeks. No, let me take that back. It isn’t marked improvement, it is past that. The coaching of Montesano has done what it always does. Week by week – a slow steady grind of better and better.
As example, QB Ewing is gaining visible confidence at the position, evidenced by the bookend running touchdowns last week as well as his ability to now mix up his steady running game with a good, crisp passing arm. The timing is coming together with his receivers – and he has a bunch of them all wanting the ball…..gimme gimme gimme. Ewing’s workman approach to the position seems to be tempered with a developing centered Zen like calmness and control. He has realized that the “ball wants to be caught” and he is throwing with ease.
Incoming …….RB/LB #31 Anthony Louthan is healthy….watch out! Based on his performance against Hoquiam in the pouring rain last week, he is hungry and loves to play in the mud. By the way, the rainy season is just around the corner.
Talent in all areas of the Bulldog team has excelled….despite the fact than Montesano is such a small school, and the players are forced to play iron man football on both offense and defense. A luxury that larger schools are not forced to deal with in virtually every position.
While the Beavers are a menacing hulking team, the front line of Montesano, “the brick wall” , will face – perhaps? – their greatest challenge of the regular season this week in containing the Beaver offense. When the Bulldogs switch sides to offense, the Montesano front line will be under equal pressure, as the Beaver program has virtually stopped any scoring against them this year. Cold. Bulldog players to watch this week on the line are #57 Oscar Hernandez, #56 Jake Massoth, and #55 Evan Bialkowsky. Their senior leadership on the line will set the tone. This will be a physics lesson of the unstoppable force paradox. Classically formulated as “What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?”.
Why even bother playing the game?….you ask. The Beavers are just too powerful…..they are destined to win it all this year, the rarified all-knowing sports writers love them. No one could possibly stop them.
Yes, Montesano will face a great opponent this Thursday. However, despite the statistics, ignoring the cosmic sense of destiny that surrounds the Woodland Beavers like an aura awaiting a crown….the Montesano Bulldogs possess perhaps the greatest intangible edge ever known in high school prep football. Discussed in quiet corners throughout the state, often in hushed tones, and secretly envied from corner to corner of this state. Yes – I speak of Bulldog Power. That mysterious force that emanates and surrounds the colors of Maroon and Grey like a set of warm jammies right out of the dryer. It can not be studied or quantified and is a mystery to the state-wide sports writers eagerly predicting the win and greatness of the Woodland team this week.
The Swami has heard similar stories of unbeatable entitled teams of destiny recently. Stories of purpose and the Bulldogs inability to win against such power and greatness. I might suggest asking the Kings, Mt. Baker, and Royal teams if they still believe them.
Line on the game. Montesano +3
So says the Swami
SECOND OPINION: Mrs. Farnsworth over on Marcy Street. “Oh dear, they are all such nice young men. One of them helped me get Mr. Bityclaws off the garage roof this summer. I would say our boys will win by at least twenty points. More if they have a good dinner and a good rest. A good rest is important. Oh, and if they commit the linebackers to a more one on one coverage and forget the blitz, if they must, concentrate on the left side of the line, Woodland is weaker there, but it won’t work all game, they adapt too quickly.”
ED NOTE: We here at Montesano Today agree with Mrs. Farnsworth.
Monty the Greek: -YO. THE BULLDOGS HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL GET IT. GET IT? I DON’T THINK YOU DO. THE DAWGS NEED TO RAZZLE DAZZLE AND WEAVE. EWING NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THE POCKET. LOOK THE BALL IS OVER HERE. NO WAIT. THE BALL IS OVER THERE. GET IT. GET IT? THE GUY TO WATCH THIS WEEK IS #20 AT LINEBACKER POSITION KENNY “THE ROCKET” ROY. HE IS FAST. FASTER THAN THAT ICE CREAM TRUCK THAT RUNS AROUND THE WEST PART OF TOWN. YOU HEAR THE MUSIC, RUN OUT AND BOOM, IT’S GONE DOWN THE ROAD. HAVEN’T GOT ICE CREAM ALL SUMMER. HE LOVES CHASING DOWN BIG GAME IN THE OPEN FIELD AND SMASH…DOWN THEY GO. STEWART FIELD IS GOING BE LOUSY WITH THEM THURSDAY NIGHT. GOOD HUNTING ROCKET. BULLDOGS BY A BUNCH.
PeeWee Sanders: My favorite player this year is #55 Evan “Roadblock” Bialkowsky. My Dad says if I exercise and go to bed early I can be a Bulldog some day too. I want on the front like like Roadblock. That is where the action is and nobody is getting by me too. Hear that Elma I’m talking to you. Bulldogs by 10.
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BULLDOG POWER – fat beat preformed by famed Montesano Hip Hop artist DJ Mon-te with Erin “Chilltown” McGoo, the Queen of Fleet street…one tyme YO