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Beamer looking to the future

Mirror staff

They have no league title banners hanging in the gym. They have no seniors and they have never won a game. They are the first-year Todd Beamer Titans and they open up their inaugural season Saturday night when the Class 3A Chief Sealth Seahawks come to Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

“We have been doing a pretty good job so far in practice,” said coach Jeff Housman, who was defensive coordinator at Decatur last year. “The kids have been working really hard, but it’s tough getting a brand new program going. It is going to be a development year.”

Unlike their other classmates, the Titan football program will not be competing in the rugged South Puget Sound League South Division this season. Beamer will be playing a non-league schedule against schools like Morton, Toppinish and Mount Baker, instead of perennial state powers like Puyallup, Curtis and Bethel.

“It is going to be tough,” Housman said. “We are going to start a few freshman.”

Hurting the first-year program is the fact that there are no jamborees this season because of the WIAA adding a 10th game to the high-school schedule. That forces Housman to make starting and reserve role decisions based solely on team scrimmages.

“We are looking forward to the future here,” he said.

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