Kevin Hanis looked around the Mount Tahoma Stadium and couldn’t help but smile.
Of course, the pristine facility still seems brand new with its spotless field turf and modern stands. But it was the players running around the field that had Hanis grinning.
You see at just about every position, whether it was defensive line, linebacker or defensive back (Thursday was a defensive practice) there was speed to burn.
"We have some speed," Hanis said. "You can’t teach that."
And you can never have enough. No matter what the position it is. Up front, DE Immanuel Satterwhite might be the speediest linemen in the Narrows League. As a junior, Satterwhite racked up a whopping 16 sacks, using his explosive speed to go around offensive tackles to get to the quarterback.
"That’s the best feeling," Satterwhite said.
He’s added a few pounds to his frame this season, to add some strength to his pass rushing technique.
"I’m way ahead of where I was last year at this time," he said.
At linebacker, man-child sophomore John Goldwire looks to be a budding star,
But it’s the secondary where the T-Birds will absolutely fly.
Do-everything player Ron Baines has added a little bulk, but hasn’t lost a step. As did big defensive back Geno Munoz, who should be a force. If that wasn’t enough, Mount Tahoma got a nice surprise when talented basketball player Tyrell Dixon decided to play football for his senior season.
"We’re really glad he came out," Hanis said. "He really gives us some depth and versatility."
Offensively, Hanis’ team will throw the ball, but who’s doing it remains to be seen. Baines is going to play running back to start the season, but he’s so versatile that could always change. Munoz, Dixon and several others will help at receiver.
Up front, Jordan Milus is out with a dislocated elbow but should be back soon to help.
What make Hanis even happier is the number of talented sophomores and juniors that are out for the team.
"We have some great young kids that are going to help us immediately and give us some foundation," Hanis said.