With three consecutive seasons in the Washington State State category 2A playoffs behind him, Kingston High School head coach W. Todd Harder has tapped returning senior and Washington State high jump champion Max English as the varsity 2015 Buccaneer's starting varsity Quarterback. At 6'5" and 195 pounds, English has the reach, vision and mobility to make big things happen. Then when you consider he has 13, yes count them, 13 additional seniors in the line up, the full Buc package has the hint of a championship year.
Having potential and making it happen are two different things, and English has big shoes to fill. Here's the background:
In the 2012-13 season, Junior QB Bobby Reece rallied the team to a district 5-4 season and #4 in the Olympic League. It was a solid year's performance for the 3-time (ultimately 4-time) State wrestling champ that bruised Port Angeles 40-7 and set up the Buccaneers for a 40-37 overtime upset against Tacoma's Washington High School. The storybook field goal victory by Collin Stone vaulted the Kingston Buccaneer's to their first playoff game in program history, but the team ultimately lost to Sumner 26-9 in the first round.
As a senior, QB Bobby Reece returned in 2013-14 to up the ante and led the Buccaneer's to a 6-1 district season, but still fell second to arch rival North Kitsap in the Olympic League (7-0). Reece's experienced arm racked up 1,176 passing yards, oft-connecting with Max's brother, Henry English, who earned 527 of those yards and made 6 interceptions. The well balanced team again punished Port Angeles 49-14 for a seat at the playoffs, defeating Franklin-Pierce 7-0. The second leg of the bracket wasn't as fortunate, dropping the ball against Lynden 34-0.
The third run at State was led by another young Buccaneer, sophomore QB Jack Colleto, who earned top Olympic league honors for passing yards at 1,498. While Kingston's district performance was inconsistent, the dauntless team still pulled out a #4 spot in the Olympic league with a 3-4 season, and champed up a surprise 20-19 overtime win against a stunned Franklin-Pierce that gave Kingston a State playoff opportunity and the district 2/3 championship. The opportunity was cut short; however, in the first game with a 13-3 reality check against Burlington-Edison. In the words of coach Harder, "After failing to capitalize on some opportunities, we lost a tough, hard fought battle at home."
The 2015-16 reality for the Kingston Buccaneer's is that they clearly have potential with a legacy of three strong years behind them with an experienced coaching staff. The question is, will the coaching be able to balance and leverage the Buccaneer experience, and will the 14 seniors led by Max English have the right stuff?
Buccaneer fans can take to the bleachers this Friday night and consider their own outlook during a scheduled "jamboree" or "scrimmage" against Bainbridge Island and Olympic High Schools on the Buccaneer home field.
Get Loud - Cheer On. Let's support our Kingston Buccaneers. See you there.