High School Preview: Asotin
ASOTIN, WA —
For Thursday’s high school football preview, we're featuring a team with Halloween themed colors, but there's nothing wrong with Halloween in August!
The Asotin Panthers are next up.
The Panthers are coming off a deep playoff run in 2016, making it all the way to the final four, before falling to Liberty by a touchdown.
Coming into the 2017 season, they have three returning seniors on the o-line and a big, bruiser of a running back.
The Panthers seem on a prowl this season.
"We want to go farther, and make it to the next step,” Senior running back Colton Ball said. “Every year since my freshman year, we've gone farther and farther into the playoffs, hopefully this year, we go even further than we have before."
"We just take that and use that for fuel for this year,” Senior lineman Matthew Heier said. “We want to get better than last year so this year, we're hoping for a state championship."
"We're not doing anything different, I think the biggest thing is guys are believing we belong there,” Head coach Jim Holman said. “They know what to expect now. They know what it takes to practice in November and December and I think it's allowed them to set new goals and expectations now. We know hope to get there now. We expect to get there."
Like I said, Asotin is returning three offensive linemen and an experienced running back.
Head coach Jim Holman says having a returning o-line is a huge competitive advantage, especially for the 2017 season.
“We try to make the offensive line a big deal. Having three starters back, the learning curve is a lot, shallower,” Holman said. “They know our system which is important because we have 10 teams in our league. So, our first game is league game. And so, next Friday, on the first we're playing a league game against a good team. So, that just allows us to put stuff in faster.”
We also mentioned, the big bruising back.
Senior Colton ball is expected to the focal point of the panther's offense.
And coach Holman is expecting Ball to ball out this season.
"He's going to get the bulk of our carries. And he's a big physical kid,” Holman said. “He's really worked hard in the offseason getting ready for his season year. And has desire and wishes to play at the next level and we're going to put a lot on his back, if we're going to have success a lot is going to have to go through him.”
"It makes me feel good and it gives me a lot of confidence and gives me faith in my abilities so I can do my best all the time," Ball said.