ANACORTES — Whether you’re looking between the hash marks or on the sidelines, this year’s Anacortes football team will sport a new look.
With a completely new coaching staff and some returning players in new positions, the Seahawks are ready to begin play in the newly formed Lake Division of the Northwest 2A Conference.
With the team’s season opener — a nonconference clash with Roosevelt — approaching, first-year head coach Chris Hunter said he likes what he’s seen so far.
“I’ve been excited to see the growth,” he said.
Hunter spent two years as an assistant coach at Burlington-Edison. When he took the reins at Anacortes — a job closer to home — he was pleased to see how eager the players were during offseason camps.
Over time, there were more and more players, too.
“It’s been an exciting spring to fall,” he said. “It’s been exciting to see us go from about 22 players to 45.”
The Seahawks lost some of their more prominent players to graduation, including offensive lineman Jacob South, who committed to Utah State, and dynamic quarterback Trystan Lowry.
But this year’s squad will have plenty of players ready to step up. There will also be a new look on offense.
Hunter said this year’s Seahawks will feature a single-wing attack to best utilize the team’s talent.
“That’ll be the lion’s share,” he said. “We thought that would give us the best fit for our athletes and get the most players at the point of attack. It would give us the best chance to succeed.”
The players will be tested, Hunter said, with many of them called on to play both ways.
They’ll get leadership on the field from the trio expected to start in the backfield: Kaden Comings (sr., 5-9, 173), Trevor Beaner (jr., 6-0, 185) and Pierson Nordmark.
Nordmark, who is expected to take on a key leadership role, is excited to get started.
“I love the atmosphere,” he said. “It feels like the team is closer together.”
Among Comings, Beaner and Nordmark, Beaner is the most experienced and is expected to run the ball the most. Last season, he had 303 yards rushing, almost five yards per carry and a touchdown.
He looks forward to being an even larger part of the attack.
“We got a new offense. I like that. It’s a run-heavy offense,” he said.
Hunter said Oscar Acosta (jr., 5-8, 148) will play a big role at tight end and inside linebacker, while Gaige Berow will play quarterback and free safety.
Joining the Seahawks in the Lake Division this season will be Bellingham, Blaine, Sehome, Cedarcrest and Mountlake Terrace.