The Foster football team is in the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and is hungry to go far, says coach Matt Leonard.
The Bulldogs finished the season 3-3 in Seamount League play, with a Homecoming win Friday 39-0 over Evergreen.
Foster is the No. 2 seed in the Seamount 2A division, behind Lindbergh High School with a 5-1 league record.
Foster and Renton have the same league record, but the Bulldogs are seeded higher because of their 31-10 victory over the Indians Oct. 3.
Foster lost to Lindbergh 20-7 on Oct. 17. League leader Kennedy Catholic is a 3A school, as is Hazen, also with a 3-3 record, so they don’t factor in to the 2A postseason.
Foster’s playoff run in District 2/3 begins at 7:15 p.m. Friday against Silverdale’s Olympic High School at the Silverdale Stadium, 7070 Stampede Blvd. N.W. Silverdale. Foster is sending a busload of fans to the game.
Tickets are $7 for adults and students without an ASB card and $4 for students with an ASB card, senior citizens and elementary school students.
The Bulldogs go into the playoffs a bit battered after a hard-fought regular season.
“We are not healthy; we are pretty beat up in general,” said Leonard. “Kennedy, Lindbergh and Evergreen were three very physical teams that took a toll on us.”
He’ll know Friday afternoon who’s healthy enough to head to Silverdale.
Foster’s defense has dominated play the season and kept the team competitive, said Leonard.
“I still believe our best offense is in front of us, and I really hope we can put it all together on Friday night against a very good Olympic football team,” said Leonard.
Leonard said the team has bigger goals than just making the preliminary rounds of the playoffs.
“We are hungry for playoff success,” he said.
First up on that road is 6-3 Olympic High School, which Leonard called a “very good football team” that had a chance to win each of their losses.
“They are big, physical, power-running team,” said Leonard. “They don’t do anything special offensively or defensively, but they are very good at what they do.”
What’s important for the Bulldogs, Leonard said, is for “us to play each play, meet the challenge to be as physical at the point of attack as they are and win the line of scrimmage.”
He expects a low-scoring game because of the defensive prowess of both teams.