Aug 14, 2007

Capital High School football preview, 2007-2008

These are exciting times for Capital High School football fans. Coming off one of the toughest seasons in recent memory, the Cougars are looking for a fresh start. Leave it to J.D. Johnson, a Vegas transplant, to bring a new offensive look: out with the Wing T and in with the spread-option.

We'll even have a new announcer, to be named later, since the Voice of the Cougs, Dave Shipley, retired at the end of June. First game is Friday, August 31 at home against the always pesky Wolves of Black Hills High.

For more info, check out The Olympian's capsule preview and the always useful Cougar website.

Update 8/15: Today The Olympian focuses on the new coach.
"They didn't have a big off-season program where they were expected to commit to the weight room, expected to get bigger," said Johnson, who vacated the head coaching position at Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas. "That's been the overall change that's taken place.

"They realize that I'm a 24/7, 365-day football coach. If I'm here, they're expected to be here."

The Capital athletes were given the opportunity to participate in the interview process, so they knew exactly what they were getting themselves into with Johnson.

So far, there's no regret to speak of.

"That was one of the greatest days of high school," said junior Riley Wall of the day the team chose Johnson. "I never have looked back on that day and said I wish we would have picked someone else.
Every student I've talked to about the upcoming season has been equally optimistic.

Update 8/30: The Olympian has a preview of the entire Western Cascade Conference available. I add my take here.

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