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Tag: Dave Miller


Football: Hangover from 2011 playoff exit not present at Lakes


Championship-contending football teams perpetuate that same mindset – and very few programs around the state of Washington exemplify that better than Lakes High School.

With early-afternoon temperatures climbing, practice was not slated to begin until 2:40 on the school’s back practice field. But 90 minutes beforehand, some 20 players were already on the field, stretching, talking – preparing.

As the outset of this season, a few of the veterans say that this has the feel of the 2010 season – a year in which the Lancers carried the next-tier contender torch in Class

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Football: Lakes HS adds a QB, defensive coordinator

Rhys Gervais was a second-team all-SPSL South quarterback last fall for Puyallup. He has transferred to Lakes, the school he attended as a freshman.

Rhys Gervais is returning to where his high school career began.

Gervais, who attended Lakes as a freshman, has transferred to the Lakewood school from Puyallup High, Lancers coach Dave Miller confirmed.

Gervais, who was a second-team all-SPSL South quarterback last fall, provides a reloading Lakes squad with a run-pass threat at quarterback. Gervais completed 122 of 231 passes for 1,948 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions last fall, leading the league in completions, yards and touchdowns.
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Football: Recruiting updates on Garnett, Dozier, Banner; plus a peek at 2012 schedule

We’re gearing up for our annual football recruiting packages — Northwest Nuggets and Western 100 — and I’ve been laying the groundwork for those pieces by talking to some local players and coaches the past couple days. I wanted to pass along some timely recruiting tidbits and other football-related information:

As Washington fans no doubt know, the Puyallup High offensive tackle is considering three schools: Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame. Garnett said he won’t make a decision until after his official visit to Stanford on Jan. 14.

Garnett will play in the Under Armour All-American Game next week in Florida. He had planned to take an official visit to Miami after the game, but recently nixed that.

Garnett said he’ll make his announcement at the end of January at Puyallup High School. He’ll leave how his school of choice is revealed up to his twin sister, Rachel.

“My sister will be my planner,” he said. “She’s good at those kind of things.”
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Football: Lakes coach Miller, Seferian-Jenkins at All-American Bowl

Lakes football coach Dave Miller and Gig Harbor tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins have been in San Antonio this week, preparing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday. The game will be televised on NBC at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Miller is an assistant coach on the West team and is coaching the offensive linemen and tight ends. Here’s a story on his experience being on the coaching staff.


Football: Lakes has “most inexperienced group” ever

Lakes coach Dave Miller is hoping an offseason commitment to conditioning will help the youthful Lancers persevere through some growing pains. Lakes has reached the Class 3A state semifinals in each of the last two seasons, but only two starters on each side of the ball are back from the 2009 team.

“This is probably the most inexperienced group we’ve ever had,” said Miller.

On offense, quarterback Cedric Dozier and tackle Zach Banner are back, Linebacker Mane Manaea and defensive lineman Eddie Releford return on defense. Non-starters typically see the field in varsity games for Lakes, though.

“One of the things that’s good about our program, when we’re up at halftime we get a lot of young kids in the game,” Miller said. “It’s not at crunch time, but it’s experience.”
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