By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Seahawks expect to win in '18

 

August 3, 2017 | View PDF

Seward High School head football coach Kelly Cinereski wasn't too disappointed with the low numbers of players who turned out for the start of preseason drills. Much like a racer, he was more concerned with how the numbers will look in the end.

With approximately 15 players turning out for the first week of practice, Cinereski was confident more players would show up as the start of the school year nears. He expects to field a squad of about 26 when the season begins on August 12.

"There are so many things going on right now, and a lot of our players have jobs," he said. "We have a lot of players that haven't been able to get here yet. We're hoping to have enough to run a varsity and JV or C team this year."

Seward, coming off its second-ever appearance in the small-school state semifinals, joined the rest of the state in beginning preseason drills on July 26. The Seahawks are practicing from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening at Steinbrecher Field. Once the season begins, the squad will practice after school.

One of the biggest difference the team will have to overcome, Cinereski said, is a vastly younger squad. "This year, we're looking at having just two seniors on the team," he said.

But the coach said he expects the team to do well this fall despite its youthfulness.

"We took a large number of players to camp in Soldotna and we held our own," he said. "I think we'll do fine once the season gets started."

The defending conference champion, the Seahawks will play four home games this fall, including showdowns with Homer and Voznesenka. Seward, Homer and Voznesenka compete in the Peninsula Conference along with Nikiski and Redington.

 

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