The Ballard High School football team is gearing up for their season opener this Friday, August 31. They’ve been practicing hard all summer, and with a team headed by former NFL player, Coach Joey Thomas, they’re set to have a good season.
Coach Thomas leads football practice as the players ready for their first home game on August 31.
According to Coach Thomas, the boys have a lot of talent this year, and he’s confident they’ll have a good season. “We have a special group of seniors,” Thomas says, who is in his second year as head coach of the team. “We have potential to go as far as our seniors take us. I can only lead so far,” Thomas explained. “We’ll play every play like it’s our last, every game like it’s our last,” he said, adding that the goal is to work hard to get better everyday.
Justin Simon, a linebacker, is a senior at BHS this year. “I’m excited for our attitude and how much has changed,” Simon said. “When Coach Thomas got here, everyone seemed to carry themselves with more confidence.”
Jack Deal, a center and junior at BHS, says he’s been happy to see the team grow together over the summer. “We’re always there for each other, we all trust each other,” Deal said. “Our team has grown into a family,” Simon added. “Family goes through ups and downs but always pulls together and moves forward,” he explained.
The season opener is on Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m. at Blanchet High School (corner of Wallingford Ave N and N 82nd St, just north of Green Lake). For more info, click here.