Skyview Takes GSHL 4A Title With 33-7 Win At Heritage

Written by Bryan Levesque on October 31, 2009

The Skyview Storm went on the road and defeated the Heritage Timberwolves 33-7 to capture their second 4A GSHL championship in as many years. Last year Skyview was a co-champ with Heritage but finished as the #1 seed after a 55-15 win over Heritage. This year at 5-0 in league, the Storm won the league outright.

Skyview QB Austin Dodge again had a big night passing going 18-28 for 260 yards, but ended the night without a passing TD. Heritage QB Garrett Grayson was 12-31 for 131, but had 2 picks and only 1 TD.

With the win Skyview improves to 7-2 and 5-0 in league and won the 4A GSHL league title. The Storm will play the winner of a Federal Way/Gig Harbor mini play off game on Tuesday.

Heritage drops to 4-5 and 3-2 in league play. The Timberwolves still finished as the #2 team in the 4A GSHL and will travel to  #7 South Kitsap (9-0).

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Team
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Total
Skyview Storm
7
10
3
13

33

Heritage Timberwolves
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7
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7

Rushing — Skyview — Spears 23-81, Dodge 10-57, Adam Brown 6-54, Ellis Henderson 1-7, Jonny Barrett 1-2, Ian Zarosinski 1-(minus 9); Heritage — Grayson 15-34, Joey Cooper 8-45, Richard Warmbir 4-18.

Passing — Skyview — Dodge 18-28-0-260, Spears 0-1-0-0; Heritage — Grayson 12-31-2-131.

Receiving — Skyview — Ian Zarosinski 6-71, Karl Graves 4-65, Ellis Henderson 4-58, Dallin Shirley 2-44, Adam Brown 1-16, Riley Miles 1-6; Heritage — CJ Hatchett 4-25, Cooper 2-14, Cody Yahn 2-6, Ben Lyons 1-59, Kruse 1-6, Doug Van Aalst 1-17, Mike McDonald 1-4

First quarter
Sky — Matt Spears 8 run (Nick Phillips kick)
Second quarter
Sky — Austin Dodge 11 run (Phillips kick)
Her — Zac Kruse 6 pass from Garrett Grayson (Garrett Worle kick)
Sky — Phillips 25 FG
Third quarter
Sky — Phillips 22 FG
Fourth quarter
Sky — Spears 2 run (pass failed)
Sky — Dallin Shirley blocked punt and recovered in end zone (Phillips kick)

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Comments

73 Responses to “Skyview Takes GSHL 4A Title With 33-7 Win At Heritage”

  1. SkyviewJoe on October 31st, 2009 7:46 am

    Fall Sports:
    Football: League Champs
    Girls Soccer: League Champs
    Boys Xcountry: League Champs
    Girls Xcountry: League Champs
    Boys Golf: League Champs
    Volleyball: League Champs
    Girls Swiming: League Champs

  2. It's ME! on October 31st, 2009 9:57 am

    Dalin Shirley was incredible in this game and all season long!
    Great Job Denfensive line and DB’s

    Skyview Defense…”wins championships”

  3. Storm Fan on October 31st, 2009 10:06 am

    I agree the defense was awesome last night. And yes shirley rocked it last night.

  4. told you so on October 31st, 2009 10:35 am

    Dalin Shirley is a man!

  5. NBLC 2 on October 31st, 2009 11:06 am

    iT WAS FUN BOYS RINGIN THE VICTORY BELL BACK AT THE SCHOOL. gREAT WORK DEFENSE.

  6. Skyview Pops on October 31st, 2009 11:44 am

    Congrats, boys, on a heck of a season! We still have more work to do! After watching last night’s game, I will say one thing: I have a ton of respect for Grayson and the Heritage defense. Those guys did not quit. Hit after hit, Grayson got up and tried to lead his team even when it seemed like many of his teammates quit. Even after going down 17-7, the Heritage defense played their rumps off and never gave up. They put a lot of pressure on Austin last night and kept their team in it for most of the night. BUT: that Storm defense looked amazing. We knew we had the talent. We just needed to put it ALL together. Great job, boys!

  7. Big D on October 31st, 2009 12:53 pm

    Our defense (Heritage) isn’t the biggest fastest or strongest but we have taken on the personality of our defensive coordinator…..we are a bunch of fighters!

  8. HHS Fan on October 31st, 2009 1:06 pm

    Good game Skyview and Congrats! Now represent SWW 4A in the playoff’s!

    Good Luck!
    HHS Fan

  9. sweetness on October 31st, 2009 1:34 pm

    Congrats, Storm!

  10. football4life on October 31st, 2009 2:59 pm

    Grayson only threw 1 INT

  11. Storm in the sky on October 31st, 2009 3:54 pm

    Heritage quit and skyview didnt as many prediceted. Dodge showed he was the better QB and skyviews defense shut out the way over rated Greyson. Our coach put it best, PUT GREYSON IN HIS PLACE, ON THE BENCH.

  12. sweetness on October 31st, 2009 4:15 pm

    Even in victory, Skyview players/fan/supporters still have very little respect for any one. Regardless, good luck Storm.

  13. HHS Fan on October 31st, 2009 4:22 pm

    If your coach spoke in that manner about Grayson which is highly unlikely, than it shows they know nothing about this young man and his abilities. The offense could not get things going last night against a tough Skyview defense but don’t mistake that as Grayson not being capable. Ask any scout, he is perfectly capable and will do so at the next level.
    As for Heritage quitting, there was no quit out there so your sadly mistaken. Many injured players who did not play in case you didn’t notice and a very tired defense.
    Good game Skyview but win with some class instead of coming on here and throwing around idiotic statements like storm in the sky has.

    Good luck in the playoff’s!

  14. 40 on October 31st, 2009 4:50 pm

    HHS Fan. I think the coach was saying “lets keep him on the bench’ not becuase he ain’t a stud, but because he IS a stud.

  15. Armchair QB on October 31st, 2009 5:11 pm

    Have to agree with 40. Clearly SHS wanted to keep HHS offense off the field and on the bench, especially “Grayson – the Legend of Heritage” (a little Tarzan lingo for ya). Mission accomplished. Good luck to both teams in the playoffs!

  16. Big Dog on October 31st, 2009 5:11 pm

    Of course the defense was tired! They had to face a talented Skyview offense AND a Heritage offense that couldn’t produce!

  17. someone on October 31st, 2009 5:29 pm

    Awesome job Skyview !! And you did it with class as always. Constant chest thumping and trash talking. A couple of after the play dead unsportmanlike penalties. I was especially impressed when Heritage had an injured player down in the 4th qtr and none of you took a knee to show respect even though Heritage had. I saw Heritage players constantly offering a hand to help up players after the play over. Maybe you will learn to win with class next season.

  18. Friday Night Fan on October 31st, 2009 5:37 pm

    The comments on here are not an accurate representation of how the players coaches and fans at Skyview feel. Every Skyview parent, athlete and coach has a great deal of respect for your team, and your coaches.

    Good luck to all the SWW teams in the playoffs.

    We have all seen some great football this year!

  19. Knute on October 31st, 2009 5:53 pm

    Taking a knee is something they do in U8 girls soccer, this is High School Varsity Football…big difference

  20. GSHL football fan on October 31st, 2009 6:22 pm

    Why the heck did that #53 on heritages D-Line get taken out? he obviously made a big diffrence with putting pressure on the storms QB and every time he did go in they seemed to always want to run to the oppisite side he was on. All i got to say is good job kid, ive noticed you in a few of the games you got in on and i have to say you are definatley gonna make your presence known on the field next year!

  21. Just Sayin' on October 31st, 2009 7:02 pm

    only thing I can say is that probably the Defensive Coordinator has no clue, OR he is hamstrung because the head coach believes he is part of a Division 1 College program & doesn’t play anyone both ways (except for Grayson, amazingly) I guess this is my biggest problem w/HHS. I just respect Defense too much to believe it should be minimized. Football has been played since the 1800′s & defense has always been a major part of the approach to the game. HHS feels as though they are somehow exempt from this concept & they can run out any 5’2″ sophomore to fill in @ corner. This, to me is a travesty & a complete injustice to the defensive side of the ball. That, and all the arm tackles I see by HHS makes me think that they really don’t care about the defensive side of the game. Shame, really because if they used their players efficiently they may actually have a respectable team, but they seem to thumb their noses @ the established practices of basic fundamental football & either teach (in my opinion) poor defensive fundamentals, or they consider defense as a 2nd class citizen, or a means to an end. All I see is a bunch of arm tackles & no desire to hold the other team. The stats back me up….HHS has a LOSING record overall & have let up a ton of points. This, to me is reason enough to believe that the potent offense has been short-changed by the coaching staff & their inability to recognize that you must play BOTH sides of the ball. Thought they would figure it out after week 1, but they didn’t…so, in my opinion the problem with HHS isn’t the players or their desire, hustle & heart. It’s the coaching staff which begins & ends with the head coach. In my opinion, there is no other course of action but to go in a different directon & replace the current head coach. I have no affiliation with this school & no crosses to bear, this is an opinion from a somewhat knowledgable fan who cares about SW Washington football & would love to root for any program that gets into the playoff’s, but I just cant get behind HHS because they have chosen to minimize an aspect of the game that I feel is important. Good luck HHS, but under the direction of your current coaching staff you are not going to EVER get very far in the playoffs.

  22. Storm Fan on October 31st, 2009 7:51 pm

    You guys talking smack about the sportsmanship of the Skyview players must have been at a different game than me. I watched over and over our players helping the Heritage players get up and patting them on the back. I was highly impressed and I was even pointing it out to my wife during the game. Great game and great sportsmanship Storm

  23. Somone's Trash Talker on October 31st, 2009 8:00 pm

    someone,

    We all know losing sucks. By you posting that comment though you make yourself look just as un-classy as the Skyview players you were just hating on. You have no idea what class means. Hypocrite!

  24. Just Playin on October 31st, 2009 8:02 pm

    The offense for HHS was hand-picked and the “rest” were given to the defense. Only recently have those “offensive” players started even getting any practice time on defense. My son was on offense, then became one of the “rest” and was heart-broken. He says the DC (Fox) has never treated them like they were second-class and has strived to create an identity on defense. They aren’t the most physically talented, but they have played hard. Just Sayin, has the defense been “hamstrung”? Yes. Will the regime change? No. My son will be there for one more year and I hope his experience gets better.

  25. Just Sayin' on October 31st, 2009 8:05 pm

    Yeah, don’t listen to these HHS fans…they feel as though they deserve the #1 GSHL spot, even though they haven’t done a thing to earn it. Kelso should be playing, not Heritage!!!! HHS….BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! North Kitsap potent offense, Heritage – zero defense = NK blowout…maybe even 50 points, certainly running clock – no question!

  26. Just Sayin' on October 31st, 2009 8:20 pm

    I hope so too, Just Playin’…I can only hope that more of a comittment is made to the defensive side of the ball. Seems that my point is validated that only now are some of the ‘offensive’ players are being tasked to play defense. This is something that I picked up on week 1 & and I’m a frikking customer service rep for an engineering frim! The people who are paid, albeit insufficiently, are too deep into this to make a ‘comittment’. Unfortunately for your Son, this is too little, too late.

  27. sweetness on October 31st, 2009 8:22 pm

    Just Sayin’: HHS won 3 league games and beat Kelso. How do they not deserve it? Your earlier post above was well-spoken and well-said, but now you just made your self look []. Split personalities maybe? Oh, and it’s SOUTH Kitsap.

  28. Just Sayin' on October 31st, 2009 8:33 pm

    Sweetness, I knew someone would challenge me on the facts, so here we go… HHS has scored a total of 215 points this season, but have allowed 277. If you would like for me to break things down by 4A league totals I can do that, but it’s basically the same raito. You tell me ONE team who has EVER allowed more points than they have scored in the history of football on any level who has ever accomplished anything of note & I will take back everything I said. Defense win championships, how many times does this need to drilled into everyone’s head? Heritage has CHOSEN to sacrifice Defense this year. all I’m saying is that this was a bad decision and I saw it week one, the coaching staff HAD to make a concious decision to go in this direction & in my opinon they should be punished for this foolish decision. My bad on your next opponent, but in all reality it really doesn’t matter who it is, throw in WF West…it’s still not looking good for HHS.

  29. Storm in the sky on October 31st, 2009 9:14 pm

    Heritage had no chance against us. We practiced in shells all week because we knew they would have no “heart” as coach put it. They arm tackle and dont put out much effort. The offense runs random plays that are lucky half of the time. They deserve the playoffs so they get humiliated one more time.

  30. Trip on October 31st, 2009 9:18 pm

    I wanted to think Heritage was two teams but they really arent. I saw them against Camas, Battleground Skyview and Evergreen. The only performance that was worth a dime was against battleground. The offense was full gear as i have thought it would be and the defense seemed to pkay inspired. The other games have been just one big muck. If the team who showed up to battleground played week in and out then i think they would have a more legit standing in the community.

  31. Interested to know? on October 31st, 2009 10:05 pm

    “In my opinion, there is no other course of action but to go in a different directon & replace the current head coach”.

    Apparently Just Sayin’ you do have an axe to grind by calling out the Head Coach of an area team. If your going to do that, be MAN enough to do two things:

    1. Personally confront the head coach yourself and express yourself rather than
    use this website as a means to bash him.
    2. Let everyone know who you are so that you can be contacted about a HC job in
    the near future since your creating the opening.

    My guess is neither will happen because your a coward for one and for two, you wouldn’t be a qualified candidate to not only coach but over see a group of young men and teach them life skills they can take into their next journey let alone how to play defense.
    You would be better served making comments about the school you support rather than bashing a program you do not and know nothing about.

    I support HHS football and find it incredibly insulting for you or anyone else to post comments about a HC as you have with little or no knowledge about the program at it’s school. The program is one year removed from a co-league title.

    Go TWOLVES!

  32. Interested to know? on October 31st, 2009 10:10 pm

    “Heritage had no chance against us. We practiced in shells all week because we knew they would have no “heart” as coach put it. They arm tackle and dont put out much effort. The offense runs random plays that are lucky half of the time. They deserve the playoffs so they get humiliated one more time”.

    Again, spoken by a classless Storm player! I’m sure the HC Kizer told his players this exact same thing! I seriously doubt this is what he preaches…

    Go TWOLVES!

  33. You're all on October 31st, 2009 11:34 pm

    The post above me was made up by the way. Skyview did not practice in shells all week, they practiced for three hours a day in full pads, just like Heritage did. They did this because they knew what was on the line and what it took to get that title. Those words were also never spoken by a coach. I can understand talking smack because you’re bitter, or because you’re just plain stupid, but don’t lie.

    Also, both teams showed lack of class, which is a direct result of the importance of the game and the emotion that the players came out with.

    Both teams played hard, and the better team won, plain and simple. Class or not, the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, no matter how you get there, nothing should be argued in this blog.

  34. wow so sad on November 1st, 2009 2:29 am

    “storm in the sky” is not a Skyview player or coach, he gives all hard working Skyview players a bad name and I’m saddened to see his comments on here.

  35. jamal smith on November 1st, 2009 3:29 am

    OK time out all u fools on here “storm in da sky, just sayin” i love coming on here and reading these because i think its so funny how full grown men love to sit and talk about kids how but u “just sayin what ever your name is” grow up get a life and stop hating on kids just cause you were never a good athlete does not mean u have to sit here and talk about high school kids its cool you root for the teams but leave it at the no one cares that u sit “sorry for my language” but no one cares u know every stat from the past five years get a life and to you storm in the sky way to show some dang class that’s why i think this whole blog thing is dumb its just a way for old guys who were never good at sports to talk about kids if u really think HHS is not that good come to heritage at 3 o clock Tuesday and strap it up i am sure they would not mind hitting some one new and then after that you can come back on here and list about how they don’t show up and all this stuff you wanna talk about. It really gets old reading all this about people just bagging on high school football teams just let them play and talk wit there pads please .

  36. twoj on November 1st, 2009 10:32 am

    coach kizer for skyview is a very classy coach, he’ll have the team ready for the playoffs.

  37. twoj on November 1st, 2009 10:38 am

    this whole “class” talk also seems to be some excuse that the heritage fans have for getting smacked by skyview. in my experience at skyview games, the fans are very humble (no crude remarks like camas fans, not to call them out but its totally true, terrible baseball fans as well in camas), and the student section a little rowdy, but thats good.

  38. Tiny on November 1st, 2009 12:41 pm

    Yo dog union won

  39. weather report..STORMY on November 1st, 2009 5:03 pm

    We didnt underestimate HHS, but we did practice in shells because we had a feeling we wear better prepared. The game showed the better team and in the playoffs we will be the last in the GSHL alive.

  40. ObsErver on November 1st, 2009 7:33 pm

    Skyview did not practice in just shells. It was like any other week.

  41. Really? on November 1st, 2009 8:25 pm

    This is really ridiculous how many people come here to this site to bash coaching staffs and players. If you really had a pair you wouldn’t use the internet to put your two cents in, nut up and go talk to the coaches and players in person if you think you have something to say. Otherwise don’t even bother.

  42. GSHLFAN2 on November 1st, 2009 8:47 pm

    Grayson picked up an offer from Colorado State this weekend. Bigger offers on the horizon as well. Hopefully Dodge gets his due- he is a solid QB that should be getting some serious interest soon.

  43. weather report..STORMY on November 1st, 2009 9:07 pm

    Thanks for the update. Dodge will be Pac 10 not WAC.

  44. Just a Fan on November 1st, 2009 9:51 pm

    “Interested to know”, you obviously are one of the area Coaches, or are married to one.
    If you do say anything about any coach the Immediately bench you child, this has been the way since football began.
    Is there Coaches in Clark county that should find new careers? YES, tell the boy’s on Fort Vancouver, Hudson Bay, Battle Ground, Washugal, that there Coaches are giving them every chance to win, and if you say they are, you obviously are one of them or related, Coaches should have to live up to some standard.
    And anyone that would like to argue the point that defense does not win championships, tell me one team, that has ignored the defense and has done anything other than win at the very basic level.
    I hope Heritage does start to address the defense that combined with there offensive scheme, they should do well, but you see what happens when you put all your eggs on the offensive side of the ball.

  45. wow on November 1st, 2009 10:26 pm

    WOW, did anyone see the left gaurd for heritage at 4:08 on the highlight film, man he is the only reason grayson did not get sacked. he litteraly knocked down the whole defensive… and offensive line.

  46. a fan on November 1st, 2009 10:29 pm

    well if dodge will be pac 10 where are his offers? he should have atleast one by now. grayson has 2.

  47. HHSFAN2 on November 2nd, 2009 10:31 am

    Intersting turn of events- On the Union camas page they are starting to rip Union for never playing backups and here we are ripping a staff that plays one way to get kids more of a chance to get involved. I think it is a good thing to get as many kids on the field as possible.

  48. Heritage Alumni on November 2nd, 2009 3:17 pm

    Well, it comes time to say, Heritage will not last long. The defense is too much of a problem. Coaches really need to mix the offense and defense: they would have a great team! Also, mix some d line with oline and you will have a good line on both sides. When I played we did mix o and d and we won a league championship! I just do not see it happening for heritage unless changes are made. Its the postseason for god’s sake, bench the players that are getting “playing” time and get ur best out there. I really hate to watch grayson, mcdonlald, yahn, hatchet, etc end their high school careers like this… :(

  49. SkyTown Beatdown on November 2nd, 2009 3:26 pm

    Heritage will never change. The coaches are simple minded, that is obvious with the way they run things. They should send some roses to MT View for getting them in the playoffs.

  50. Twolfalum on November 2nd, 2009 3:30 pm

    I can speak a bit about playing at heritage. The coaches do there best, some are smarter and better then others while some are jsut plain cocky. I am glad the coaches got the program turned around when i was there i hope they keep making it better. It was a good expereince and i hope the good coaches are getting a chnace to make them better.

  51. 40 on November 2nd, 2009 3:43 pm

    Just a fan. I dont think I would lump washougal in that mix. Gibson took over a program that could not go any lower and was in almost every ball game this year. I think they lost 4 or 5 by a touchdown or less. They also have a good FR group coming up, when these kids are JR’s and SR’s they should give the other 2A teams in the area a run for league champs.

  52. 40 on November 2nd, 2009 3:44 pm

    And no I am not related to Gibson, not even a friend of his.

  53. SHS on November 2nd, 2009 4:05 pm

    okay hhs fan or whoever. skyview had and has alot of injuries to. but we fought through that. and our back ups are doing ana amazing job. and that defense was livid all game.

  54. HHS alum2 on November 3rd, 2009 11:48 am

    You guys are right they need to fire the coach who has gone 20-17 in four years since the guys before where 18-44 in 7 years. This staff has made the post season 3 times in 4 years- the previous guys made it once. I played for this group in 06 & 07 and I can say they are a great staff that cares more about the kids then about winning games. Lets be realistic about this year- did they under achieve- sure, were they over-rated- very much. They have one senior OL and four juniors with zero varsity experience coming in. They returned two defensive starters and lost two returning all-league players before the season started. Why were they ranked in the state at the start of the year- one word- GRAYSON. The boys up north know who he is. In my assesment- (I went to all but 2 games) Kelso was better, Mountain view was even. This program is on a different level now than during my freshman and soph years. They are competitive every year. Get real people who are taking shots at this group- your pissed because your kid is not playing or under perfoming- I was at fridays game- I saw lots of missed tackles, dropped passes and missed blocks- lets blame the coaches for that.

  55. Twolfalum on November 3rd, 2009 12:51 pm

    Heritage is better off then they where before I played there. They were always last and had no shot of winning league championships. Lately they have been in the running for league titles and making the playoffs. I played under the old coach and the new coach and let me tell you, it was better with the new one and his staff. HHS has went from 6th place to under the new coach, tied for 3rd, 2nd, tied for 1st, 2nd. The league record which is the only one that matters is 14-6 in 4 years, not bad, only Skyviews has been better. I hope this is the year they win a playoff game and turn the corner.

  56. HHS Kid on November 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that there is support from our coaches and they they are coming from former players. I love this coaching staff and they make me feel every day that they love me, too. For some out there, that sounds stupid, but I am enjoying my experience and I love the relationship I have with the coaches. One of the things they want us to learn is that no matter if we win or lose, the most important thing is sticking together and being a family. I’ll remember the camps, going rafting, family dinners, watching movies on game days when we didn’t have school. I’ll remember the way they treat us players. Even though we’ve had a rough season, we are still a family. I love these guys and will always remember the lessons they’ve taught me far beyond high school.

  57. titan fan on November 4th, 2009 8:02 am

    HHS Kid, how refreshing. Nice to hear that your enjoying your time and could honor your teammates and coaches with compliments. That right there is why coaches do what they do, rarely heard, but when said, its better than a paycheck. Good luck in the playoffs.

  58. UHSParent on November 4th, 2009 9:42 am

    Great to read the last few posts. We strive for that relationship with our children and the coaching staff at Union. I hope we can match all that is going on over there in Orchards. I know having the rescources and funding the school and team has gotten the past years had made us what we are. Would like to think that if Heritage had the money, boosters, and parental support that they would be the class of the 4A.

  59. GSHL Fan on November 4th, 2009 9:47 pm

    Good luck to these teams. Represent the Southwest.
    does anyone know the updates for Heritage’s injured?

  60. haternation on November 4th, 2009 10:20 pm

    I think they lost a all-League running back Mitzubura who ran for 800 yards last year and Yayhn who was a all league receiver with 50 catches and 700 yards. I am friends with kids on the team and they believed that killed their running game and Greysons go to guy. Both can play great defense as well. All I heard all summer was how good they where in the portland passing league and at the two team camps they went to. One can hope they have learned from this adversity and they make a statement up north for the GSHL and for themselves.

  61. Heritage Alumni on November 5th, 2009 2:58 pm

    Well, matsubura the running back has not played this season with a torn acl, yahn is back since the kelso game and you can see the difference already but now heritage looses big number 21 joe rhea at middle linebacker with torn ligaments in his ankle…. damn the whole season just trashed with these kind of problems…. really sucks to see the season go down like this…. matsubura is also outstanding linebacker… tore acl last scrimmage before season started.

  62. GSHLFAN2 on November 5th, 2009 9:42 pm

    HHS also lost Kevin Kelly and Luis Vela both senior Linebackers. They both went down 2-3 weeks ago. Mcdonald has been in and out for the last three games as well. Tough year for injuries over there. Hopefully they have enough guys still to compete saturday night.

  63. HHS SENIOR on November 5th, 2009 9:46 pm

    I am glad to see these positive post about the coaching staff. Some other great things about these guys- Coach Becksted regularly has the team over to his house for get togethers. His wife and kids are at most every practice and all games and team functions. He does it because he does not want to be away from his family and says since we are all family we might as well all be together. He says he wants to teach us to be good fathers and always put our own kids and families first on our priority list. Last year I know he payed three seniors way to prom who were not planning to go because they had no money. He has always been around for kids in every senior class to help with all sorts of problems. Please know this before you take mosre shots at him and our other coaches, we love them

  64. UHSParent on November 6th, 2009 12:57 pm

    Wish the coaches here at Union cared about our kids. They only care about wins. I know thats the measuring stick for people in the community and the Columbian, but it sounds like Heritage is doing it right. Sounds like the injury bug for them was worst then thought. Are they ever gonna get ahead?

  65. T-wolve fan on November 6th, 2009 12:59 pm

    I have heard and seen a mixed bag about the head coach. Some believe he is not capable of running the show and has no control, but then I have heard he is a great motivator. I have seen him chew assistants out on the sideline which looks bad and i have seen him almost in tears when his team loses. The whole team the past seasons is better at heritage, though i hesitate to say its because of one guy.

  66. titan fan on November 6th, 2009 2:03 pm

    Boo hoo UHS parent, did Jr. not get enough playing time for you. Good gosh a lot of whiny parents at Union.

  67. U.T. PARENT on November 6th, 2009 2:48 pm

    My son plays a bunch on special teams and plays a ton on defense and I am not afraid to say that the staff at Union is more in to themselves then the kids. They put a ton of effort in to winning and getting all the right pieces but they are not people I would want to have over for dinner, much less work with. It will be interesting to see how their ego takes it once they stop winning and start whining.

  68. Heritage Alumni on November 6th, 2009 4:16 pm

    Regardless of all this hate between schools… I went to heritage and do not care what people say… Beckstead is much more than what I would wish for in a head coach…. he is better than I would have ever imagined. He sacrifices time with his own family to be with us and he taught me some very important life lessons not only on the football field but also off…… I am sure there are coaches just like beckstead out there just people that do not meet and get to know them personally will never know…. Just like football… you have no idea what its like until you play and not only play but also practice with the team! :)

  69. titan fan on November 6th, 2009 5:41 pm

    Well Titan parents I think there is a line that most of these coaches don’t want to cross and believe it or not, they probably wouldn’t want to go to your house for dinner anyway. These guys put in a lot of time with your kids, show some appreciation. Good gosh will just one Union parent on here please say a positive about your coaches instead of whining.

  70. Union Dad on November 6th, 2009 6:49 pm

    Union Fans especially U.T. Parent, Coaches are measured differently, than normal people, yes, wins and loss’s count but to hear from kids that went through their program and after the coach no longer can hurt them, how do the players feel. I had a coach in high school, we won all four years and my senior year a state championship, Coach was not as mild mannered as Piland is, but some of the same thoughts as I hear some of the parents saying, but I tell you what, we would have started world war three for him if he asked us and even now I think very fondly of him, don’t get me wrong he was a prick, but he had the trust of his player and we knew if we did what he asked we would win. Piland has not been around our kids long enough but I would like to hear from former players and I think you would get a similar response, players love him, Parents…well, but he is not here for the parents, him and his staff are here for our kid’s. and as far as I can see the kid’s will follow them and they do trust them, although they don’t agree with the coach’s every decision, that’s why they call them Coach, they have to make the tough decisions.
    We should all be thankful we got Piland and his staff, our boy’s will cherish this time throughout their lives, and you can thank Coach and his staff for that.

  71. titan fan on November 6th, 2009 7:45 pm

    Well said Union Dad, but honestly, those coaches shouldn’t hold their breath for any kind of thank you from some of those parents. Some of them just don’t get what it takes to be in athletics, especially these days. Piland has a state championship and a runner-up at a brand new school and still gets hammered on here. What an effin joke somoe of you morons are. Again, very well said Union Dad.

  72. haternation on November 6th, 2009 9:46 pm

    I think what people are saying is it is easy to like enjoy your team, coaches, season when you are winning, but when a team has struggled or is losing (heritage at times) it says a lot that kids and parents dont turn on each other and blame the coach or coaches. I think the message is the kids enjoy the time with their coach and have learned some life lessons win or lose. Dont get me wrong, they want to win, but the premium on winning at Union has taken over so much that many of the kids leave the program with no lessons other than win/cheat whatever at all costs.

  73. titan fan on November 6th, 2009 10:14 pm

    Haternation, not sure if you were being sarcastic or what with your final sentence above. If not, your sadly mistaken if you think that is all the lessons that players at Union learn by the time they leave. How does Union cheat? What do you mean by win at all costs? I am guessing that the athletes at Union have learned way more than what you obviously think, just go ask Brandon Weller and his 3.5 grade point or Taylor Nelson and his 4.0. When you ask them, also ask them what they think of the coaching staff and I guarantee they would go to war, not with them, but for them.

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