On a morning of long sun rays and fog banks the Seattle Spartans were putting in the work. The intricate details of reach blocks, wide receiver routes, cadence calls, and up-downs stand as the calling card of a team that won’t take no for an answer.
Whereas most of us were enjoying a cup of coffee while looking out our windows at frost covered sun struck front lawns, and ultimately enjoying the warmth of our homes, the Spartans took to the cold morning temperatures. This is a year of change. First and foremost, the team changed ownership over the off season, moving from previous owner/head coach Billy Russo, to Nicole Pelham. The vision for the team is clear in Nichole’s eyes. In a team meeting she stated “I want to win championships”. Previously the Everett Reign, the newly named Seattle Spartans are coming off a string of playoff appearances with limited success. Three straight appearances, three first round losses. First year Head Coach Boyd Demus looks to snap that streak by delivering some playoff wins. “I want the team to play aggressive” he stated, as the team worked for extra reps around him, “execution is the name of the game”. Coach Boyd brings a substantial resume of coaching experience as well as a staff filled with passion and energy, all of which is designed to push the Spartans beyond the playoff victory drought of previous years.
While most players present are still wearing Reign gear, the excitement of a new start lingers in the air. Ultimately, this is the inaugural season for the Seattle Spartans. The injection of energy is a wave the team would like to ride. With games against Portland, Medford, Tacoma, and Eugene, the competition is stiff. Every player knows the currency for winning is effort.
Again, Coach Boyd while standing with his arms out, “When we step on this field, it’s all about football. We are football players and football coaches.” The focus is clear. Win.
The biggest challenges facing the team exist in personnel. The core group looks to return, with a few notable departures. Noor Shankman and Amelia Khar are standout omissions from the defensive secondary and wide receiver groups. Defensive Coordinator Michael Winters has his work cut out for him in finding replacements. The terminology “Next [Wo]Man up” comes to mind. Despite the losses, Seattle is clearly hungry and looks to catapult themselves atop the division.
Seattle will kick off their season against the Southern Lady Gades (Medford, Oregon) at home on April 6th. Rain or shine, hell or high water, this team wants to make a statement. The question is, where will you be?
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Photo Credit – 2018 Diz Ruptive Photography and Larry Tisk