The Seward Seahawks are hoping their week one game against Sitka turns into a microcosm of their season.
The Seahawks got off to a rough start against the Wolves. They fumbled the kickoff and then were intercepted on their next possession as they fell into a 12-0 hole en route to a 39-7 loss.
"We've got a little bit of a younger squad, but we regrouped after that tough beginning," Seward assistant Roger Steinbrecher said. "As the game went on we settled in and played some good defense.
"We also were able to make a big play on offense here and there."
Steinbrecher said the team, which will be led by coach Dan Bohrnsen for the fifth year, is hoping for similar improvement throughout the season.
"We're hoping to improve enough to where we can be one of the two playoff teams by the end of the season," said Steinbrecher of the Seahawks, who also will have Cliff Draper as an assistant coach.
The Seahawks only had 26 players in uniform against Sitka because 15 players couldn't play due to grades, not enough practices and injury.
Some key players should be senior lineman and linebacker Corbin Stirling, junior quarterback Garrett Boyle, junior tight end and defensive back Jonah Swiderski, junior running back and linebacker Darian Draper and senior tight end Devin Loomis.
Zach Rininger was looking impressive at running back, but he broke his hand this week.
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