The Foster High football team is already assured a spot in the district 2A playoffs, going undefeated against other Seamount League teams so far this season.
A win over fellow 2A school Lindbergh High Friday would mean the Bulldogs are first seed and will play a game at home. No matter what happens Friday, the Bulldogs are already assured second seed.
The Bulldogs have gone undefeated in league play under new head coach Elijah Ruhl, with a 3-0 record. Foster lost non-league games to Interlake, Sammamish and Cleveland at the beginning of the season.
Foster plays Lindbergh at 7 p.m. Friday at Renton Memorial Stadium – the Eagles’ homecoming game. The Bulldogs beat the 2A Indians 34-32, in Renton High’s homecoming game Oct. 2.
“The key to our success in the league so far has been our ability to minimize the number of penalties that plagued us to start the season,” said Ruhl.
He’s also fortunate, he said, “to have some very talented athletes and the offense is clicking for them now.”
Junior running back Camet Soe “has exploded onto the Seamount scene,” rushing for more than 200 yards against both Hazen and Renton, said Ruhl. “I’m really excited about what he brings to our team.”
Soe, No. 23, is 5-foot-9 and weighs 180 pounds. He joins senior running back Alvin Noa, who at 5-foot-10 and 230 pounds has been a scoring threat during his entire Foster career. Ruhl calls No. 11, one of his key veterans, a grinder.
“Camet has gotten the bulk of the carries and is a big play threat any time he touches the ball; but for two consecutive weeks I knew I could call on No. 11 to pound in the game-winning score,” said Ruhl.
Ruhl has instituted a new offense system this season, with which he said his senior quarterback Zane Jacobson “is growing progressively more comfortable.” Jacobson also plays defense.
“He has been making smart decisions and made some big plays down the stretch in close games against Hazen and Renton,” Ruhl said of Jacobson. “It is difficult to learn a new offense as a senior quarterback and I think Zane is doing a great job and we are peaking offensively at the right time.”
Now, the postseason looms.
“The important thing for us to always remind ourselves is that although it’s great to have some success, we haven’t done anything yet,” Ruhl said.
On Oct. 23, Foster hosts Kennedy Catholic, which depending on what happens Friday, could pit the league’s two undefeated teams.
Foster’s game against Evergreen on Oct. 30 has been canceled, following the death of an Evergreen football player from injuries he suffered in a game.