Countdown to kickoff: Previewing Foothill football

Foothill doesn't return many seniors to its team, but the Cougars have plenty of sophomore and junior talent.

Posted: Aug 13, 2021 8:03 AM

PALO CEDRO, Calif. - Foothill High School football is a much younger team than it was last year. 

The Cougars only have 10 to12 returning seniors. 

"We're very junior heavy but we're not short on leadership, which is awesome for us," Head Coach Joey Brown said. "The opportunities our guys have had to bond together and to work through adversity together has brought this team a lot closer."

"We do have a junior as our team captain," Senior Brent Doyle said. "I think that's great. We have a lot of younger dudes. We don't have that many seniors. But we all get along. We all intertwine. We're all good friends."

That junior captain is starting quarterback Davis Smith. He actually started on varsity as a sophomore. His development as a quarterback hasn't gone unnoticed. 

"He has improved significantly from last year," Senior Wide Receiver Jarius Mast said. "He has the experience, the confidence. He has a great arm. He's great at running the ball and has a good connection with the receivers this year."

Improving strength, speed and agility has been a priority for Foothill. 

"We have a new trainer Coach Harris," Doyle said. "He's been helping us with our speed, helping us get really fast. We're getting down there in the 40s. I'm really excited."

Doyle and the Cougars look to win a section title for the first time since 2007.

Their first game is on Aug. 27 on the road against Eureka. 

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