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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 Anderson Name: James Anderson Grade: Senior Years as starter: 2 Height: 6' How have you im- proved since last year? "I'm stronger, I throw farther and I'm faster." How do you stay fo- cused during games? "I'm always thinking what's next, what's the plan and what to do if it doesn't work out." Defensive standout star: Eight interceptions last year Do you think you'll play defense again this year? "I'm planning to, but I don't know what position. I was a safety last year, but I'm a lot bigger this year." What do you think of the team this year? "I think we have a lot of young talent coming up. We'll try to get these guys ready for next year." Do you have a spe- cific goal for this sea- son? "I just don't want to get down, and I want to have a positive attitude." Majority of Mary M. Knight's football team lacks experience By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com Attitude could prove to be the difference for the Knight Owls this fall. "I think with the staff and the attitudes we've got, the kids are ready to play foot- ball," Mary M. Knight head coach Matt Brkljacich said Aug. 20 during the first day of practice. The Owls have a core group of five returning players to fill out their eight-man squad. Senior quarterback James Anderson is back to lead the offense with senior fullback Adam Pals, senior running back Taylor Diggle and junior Mary M. Knight football: Head coach: Matt Brkljacich, second year Assistant coaches: Corey O'Neil, Tyler Thompson, Joel Thompson, and CodyThompson Returning seniors: Quarterback James Anderson, fullback Adam Pals, left guard Austin Renecker and running backTaylor Diggle 2013 record: 3-2 Journal photos by Emily Hanson Mary M. Knight eighth-grader Jason Kenyon reaches for a pass Aug. 20 during the first day of football practice. center Isaiah Thompson. On defense, senior left guard Aus- tin Renecker returns. "We need to fill four spots with inexperienced players," Brkljacich said. He has a large roster to choose from. Eighteen Owls turned out for the first day of practice, with a few more ex- Schedule: Sept. 6 -- 1:30 p.m. vs. Seattle Lutheran Sept. 13 -- 1 p.m. at Quilcene Sept. 20 -- 1 p.m. vs. Muckleshoot Sept. 27 -- 2 p.m. at Lopez Island Oct. 3 -- 7 p.m. at 0akville Oct. 10-- 7 p.m. at Naselle Oct. 16 -- 3 p.m. at the Washington School for the Deaf Oct. 25 -- 1 p.m. at Wishkah Nov. 1 -- 1 p.m. vs. Lyle-Wishram pected as practices continue. Before the season even started, the Knight Owls' of- fense took a hit. Last year's leading rusher, then-sopho- more Brent Boley, transferred out of the school district. "He probably would've start- ed on both sides of the ball," Brkljacich said. "We're going to take what we have and run with it. I believe some kids will have to step up and fill that role." Despite Boley's absence, the Knight Owls will still attempt to improve on last year's 3-2 record. "We have some skilled vets coming back on offense," Brkljacich said. "For defense, we'll probably have to change things up a little bit." He said it's too early in the season to determine where the young talent will come from. "A couple of the younger kids are fairly athletic," Brkljacich said. Mary M. Knight senior quarterback James Anderson steps back for a pass. the" our Subscribe today and save $15 per year off the newsstand price ! You and thousands of others read the Journal every week. Complete this form, clip it and mail with your check to RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 You can order by phone (360) 426-4412 with your credit card, or stop by our office at 227 W. Cota St., Shelton. Please check: O New Renewal Name: Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: Email: s37 (Mason County address) s51 (Elma or Bremerton address) s51 (in Washington State) s61 per year out of state i qi :!/