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CONGRATS TO THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS WHO SIGNED TO PLAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 
NATHAN PULETASI - Yale University
RYAN CHAN - Central Washington University
MEAD FOOTBALL CELEBRATES 4 YEARS OF BEING THE BEST PASSING TEAM IN THE GSL
 
For 4 straight years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) Mead Football has led the GSL in passing (see GSL stats below.  GSL only includes 7 games, not a full season).  "Many factors have played a role in continuing to be the best passing team in the GSL.  Our players have worked extremely hard and throw the football ALL YEAR long.  What I like about what we have done is we have led the league with different WR's and QB's each of the 4 years.  We just got done playing Graham Kapowsin in the State Playoffs and they were blessed to have Dylan Morris at QB (top recruit in the State of WA) a 4 year starter.  We have done it each year with different players and that demonstrates the production of our system."
 
"We run a system that fits perfect for the HS athlete.  Our passing system comes from my HS "hall of fame" coach Tom Moore.  His son was my ball boy (Kellen Moore - current Offensive Coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys).  I started my coaching career under Tom Moore and worked with Kellen as an Assistant at Prosser HS.  I later took over the Head Football Position after Tom retired in 2008 for the Prosser Mustangs.  I held the HFB position at Prosser HS until I came to Mead HS."  
 
"We have instilled the same passing philosophies and work ethic that we did with Kellen Moore and our record-setting teams at Prosser (see Tacoma News Tribune Article below to see Prosser players who have set records in our offensive system).  It's rewarding to see the system work with another team.  My oldest son is in 7th grade and we have been coaching his youth teams for 4 years.  We are excited about what the future holds with Mead Football and we are only getting started here as we just finished our 1st cycle of players coming through the program." (Benji Sonnichsen - Head Football Coach Mead HS)
 
Check out our team history stats and see how the Mead Football passing attack (2015-2018) has set numerous school records here at Mead HS. 
 
Here is the link to the Washington State Career Passing Stats compiled by the Tacoma News Tribune.  
 
 
CONGRATS TO OUR (3) ALL STATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS
Ben Voigtlaender was named 1st Team All State.  
Nathan Puletasi and Michael Workman were named honorable mention All State.
 
 
ROUND of 16 STATE PLAYOFFS
Mead Football takes Graham Kapowsin down to the wire and loses a close game 45-38 in the Rd of 16 State Playoffs.  GK was the #1 ranked team in the State of Washington entering the 2018 season.
 
 
PLAYOFF BOUND - ROUND OF 32
Mead Football grabs the #2 GSL seed and goes into TriCities and defeats the defending State Champ Richland Bombers 35-21.
 
2018 MEAD FB REPRESENTS WELL AT EWU FB CAMP.  
(Mead makes it to Semi-Finals in Friday Night Lights Event)
The Varsity Football Team made it to the Semi-Finals during the EWU "Friday Night Lights" Tournament.  17 HS football teams played in the event.  The Mead Panther defense came up BIG during the Semi-Final game vs Union.  Mead offense ended up throwing an INT which led to Union moving onto the Championship Game.  
2018 MEAD FOOTBALL DOMINATES BOISE STATE FB CAMP
(Mead wins Camp Championship !!!)
The Varsity Football Team won the Boise State Football Camp Championship over Boise High School.  Coach Harsin (BSU Head Coach) presented us with the game ball and said, "You guys did it the right way all week."  Many times during the week at camp we noticed the Boise State Coaching staff bringing extra members of their staff over to watch our scrimmages.  They were super impressed with our togetherness, team speed, and sure desire to "make a play."
 
After we won the MNF event our players sang the Mead Fight Song loud and proud!  We then had a special time of reflection and players shared their camp moments with one another.
 
A few highlights from camp:  
1.)  Mead Varsity team wins camp championship
2.)  Nathan Puletasi was named DL player of the camp
3.)  Syi Campbell was named LB player of the camp
 
2019 FOOTBALL CAMP
1.  VARSITY - 40 players will be selected to attend BOISE STATE FB CAMP.
2.  JV - approx 30 players will be selected to play on JV team at EWU FB CAMP.
3.  C - approx 30 players will be selected to play on C team at EWU FB CAMP.
4.  Frosh - 30 players will be selected to play on Frosh team at EWU FB CAMP.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 
Do you want to play college football?  
 
Complete the following and you will be added to our Mead Football Recruiting Letter:
1.)  Unofficial Transcript given to Coach Sonnichsen 
2.)  Varsity HUDL highlight film (keep approx 5 minutes in length)
3.)  Contact information given to Coach Sonnichsen (phone number / email address)
 
Attached are the schools that typically come and meet with Mead Football Players.  The Mead Football Staff also sends out a recruiting letter to college football programs asking for an evaluation on our football players.
 
Playing college football doesn't just happen.  Recruiting is an active process for both the HS player and the college football program.
 
Coach Sonnichsen
MEAD PANTHERS + COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 (SONNICHSEN ERA)
 
2018 PLAYERS:
NATHAN PULETASI YALE UNIVERSITY
RYAN CHAN CENTRAL WASHINGTON
 
2017 PLAYERS:
OROM OPIEW CENTRAL WASHINGTON 
LUCAS BACON WASHINGTON STATE 
 
2016 PLAYERS:
EJ BADE, CONAIRE SHAFFER AND PAYTON LOUCKS MONTANA WESTERN
VINNY SALDANA WHITWORTH
 
2015 PLAYERS:
ALEX REID CARROLL COLLEGE
SAMSON BROWN EASTERN OREGON
2017 BATTLE OF THE BELL
 
The Mead Panthers took down rivals Mount Spokane 24-19 in the annual Battle of the Bell for the 2nd year in a row.  Joe Heitman finished the game with 3 INT's.  Jonathan Baird caught the game winning TD.
 
 
2016 BATTLE OF THE BELL
 
The Mead Panther Football Team beat Mount Spokane 35-12 for the annual Battle of the Bell.  Lucas Bacon was named player of the game.  LB had 5 catches for 164 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.  
 
PARENT FB CONVERSATIONS AT HOME ...
 
Here might be some helpful questions to dialogue about ...
 
1.)  Why are you playing football?  Or why do you like playing football?  
-  Social aspect (comraderie, friends, school pride, family)
-  Competitive aspect (winning, statistics, accomplishing goals)
-  Challenge aspect (strength + conditioning, playing time, football knowledge)
 
2.)  Do you understand the workload that is expected with Mead Football?  
-  Complete 100% Fundraising.  Do your part.
-  8 June practices
-  Attend Team Football Camp.  Varsity - Boise State / JV-C-Frosh - EWU
-  25 out of 30 Summer Workouts at Mead HS with Football Team
-  Strength and Conditioning at Mead HS every semester (Sonic teaches - 0,1,2,3,5 periods)
-  100% Practice Attendance
 
3.)  Do you understand how the 4 teams at Mead Football are selected?
(The Coaching Staff separates the 4 teams at Mead HS.)
 
Varsity Team - open for Freshman - Seniors.  We select approx 40 players for the varsity.  Here are some of the ongoing discussion items us coaches have in regards to selecting varsity players:  upperclassmen, strength and conditioning, football skill, attitude, grades, positive / negative influence on team, commitment to team expectations.
 
JV Team - open Sophomores - Seniors.  We select approx 40 players that we want to work against the varsity team.  These are typically our next varsity players. Here are some of the ongoing discussion items us coaches have in regards to JV players:  strength and conditioning, football skill, attitude, grades, positive / negative influence on team, commitment to team expectations.
 
C Team - open Freshman - Seniors.  We select approx 25-40 players for the C team to work against the freshman team. Here are some of the ongoing discussion items us coaches have in regards to C players:  strength and conditioning, football skill, attitude, grades, positive / negative influence on team, commitment to team expectations.
 
Freshman Team - open to Freshman only.  We select 30 players for the freshman team.  Many of the freshman players move to the JV team the following year.  On an average year only 3-5 players move to the varsity team after their freshman season. Here are some of the ongoing discussion items us coaches have in regards to freshman players:  strength and conditioning, football skill, attitude, grades, positive / negative influence on team, commitment to team.
 
4.)  Do you want to play Varsity Football during your HS Career?
-  Participate in all Mead Football activities every season.  Finish in good standing.
-  Give great effort "daily" in weight room.  Have Coach Sonnichsen make comments to you.
-  Play other sports at Mead HS.
-  Get good grades, be clear of athletic codes.
-  Throw the football in offseason with teammates.
-  OL / DL footwork in offseason with teammates.