Foster High School senior Isaiah Ferrer might be small, but he’s fast on the football field.
At 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, Ferrer wasn’t sure football was right for him.
“I thought physically, I wasn’t good enough,” he said. “Physically, I didn’t feel like my body was meant for football.”
But the excitement of the Friday night lights drew Ferrer in.
“That’s the best thing ever, playing Friday nights,” he said. “You got people on the stands cheering you up.… Watching the games made me want to be a part of it, because I felt I could contribute some speed because I’m a speed guy.”
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who at 5-foot-11 is considered small for his position, is an inspiration to Ferrer.
“That is what kind of got me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how small you are. Whatever you can contribute. It is just heart over height.”
Ferrer, a sprinter and long jumper for the Foster track team, uses his speed to his advantage.
“I am running for life when they give me the ball,” he said. “I try to find a hole and I am just sprinting for my life. My speed has become a big factor because they can’t catch me.”
In the first two games of the season, Ferrer, a wide receiver and cornerback, has been unstoppable. He had 10 carries for 333 yards and five touchdowns, including a 83-yard return in last week’s game, a 48-0 rout of Evergreen. The Bulldogs (2-0) opened the season with a 44-24 victory over Ingraham. They played White River on Sept. 16.
Although he is pleased with how well he’s performed, Ferrer said his team’s success is the bigger goal.
“The stats are great but I just care about getting Ws, getting the wins,” he said. “I want to be able to make it to the playoffs this year and be able to win a game. The past two years we made it to the playoffs, but we just had struggles trying to win a game.”
Last year, Foster finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Seamount League 2A chase with a 4-2 record. The Bulldogs, 4-6 overall last season, now compete in the South Puget Sound League 2A Mountain Division.
Ferrer said he thinks the team has what it takes to make a playoff run this year.
“I feel like we’ve had a good season so far,” he said. “We are going to be rising. We’re going to give other teams notice. I feel like something positive is coming out of Tukwila through our football team, and I feel like we are just going to do great this season.”
Coach Elijah Ruhl said the team’s new offense this season has given Ferrer more opportunities to handle the ball.
“I have never seen a stat line like that,” Ruhl said. “Part of it is because of the offense we run and the way we are able to get him the ball. A lot of it is also on him. He has really taken to the system.”
Ferrer’s long runs may taper off as the season progresses, Ruhl said.
“Teams are gong to start trying to figure out how to defend us better,” he said. “They are going to be more aware of him being on the field at the same time. … He will pop big plays as the year goes on. It is just a crazy stat line right now.”
Ruhl said he is pleased with the start to the team’s season but has loftier goals as the year progresses.
“We knew we had a good team coming into this,” he said. “We are far from where we needed to be right now. We have had some big wins but our goals are a lot higher than win a couple of games early in the season. I am cautiously optimistic about us. I think we have the team that can win the league.”
Foster’s remaining football schedule
(All games kickoff at 7 p.m.)
Sept. 23 at Washington (Franklin Pierce Stadium in Tacoma)
Sept. 30 vs. Foss
Oct. 6 at Lindbergh (Renton Memorial Stadium)
Oct. 14 vs. Franklin Pierce
Oct. 21 at Fife