Highlanders enter new era
August 29, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
It’s not uncommon to hear speakers blaring with rap music and today’s latest hits when visiting a high-school football practice.
It is, however, rare to hear interspersed between those songs, the rich, melodic sound of a bagpipe, as was the case at the Hazen High School football team’s fall practices.
It speaks to a focus on a renewed pride in all that it means to be a Highlander, fostered by the team’s first-year head coach David Kilpatrick-White.
“It’s very clear to me that there’s something that the senior class wants to be different about the way people perceive Hazen football moving forward,” he said, “and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get that done.”
Kilpatrick-White comes to Hazen via the Bothell High School football program, where he worked with the freshman wide receivers. He replaces coach Drew Oliver, who is now at Newport high School.
He graduated from Bothell in 2003 and played for coach Tom Bainter all three years. He said he hopes to bring to Hazen much of the Cougars’ “Blue Train” mentality, characterized by fervent fans and tough, physical football teams.
Kilpatrick-White inherits a team that went 4-2 in league last year and 5-4 overall. He has some returning talent to work with, led by star defensive back Marquise Lee, and all-league performers center Parker Trewett and quarterback Nolan Hoover.
Hoover will have the opportunity to showcase his passing-game abilities in a way he hasn’t been able to before with Kilpatrick-White’s up-tempo offense.
2014 Hazen football schedule
All games are at 7 p.m.
Sept. 4 vs. Lake Washington
“When we’re on offense, we want to try and snap the ball, ideally, every 8 seconds or so,” he said. “We want to be as fast as Oregon or Auburn and teams like that.”
Receivers Eli Azcueta and Kyle Hanis will get a lot of work in the retooled offense, Kilpatrick-White said.
On the defensive side, Kilpatrick-White said he sees a strong secondary, led by Lee at safety, and Skyline High School transfer Dae’von Bovan at corner. In addition, offensive lineman Trewett will serve as a key anchor at linebacker.
“We’re going to bring pressure,” Kilpatrick-White said. “We’re going to dictate the terms of the game to you. We don’t ever want to let the other team feel comfortable.”
The community is a big part of the football program, Kilpatrick-White said, so he wants to put an emphasis on the fans.
“We’re going to make game day at Renton Memorial an event, something people don’t want to miss,” he said. “I don’t want to give any secrets away, but we’re going to do some things differently.”
The Highlanders’ 2014 season begins Sept. 4 versus Lake Washington.