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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Timberwolves set for season opener Thursday


August 30, 2017

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GRIDIRON GANG: A running back rumbles through some ball security drills on Monday.

There are many things that excites second year Goldendale head football coach Alan Hale early this season while his team has been grinding out two-a-day practices in the August heat.

For one, the team has both large freshmen and senior classes, with 10 seniors and 15 freshmen putting on the pads in the first few weeks of practice.

Secondly, the team has added a pair of experienced assistant coaches who already have made big impacts early on.

And third, the team as a whole has impressed Hale early on with more dedication and more eagerness to be at practice every day and continuously improve every day. That's not to say that last year's team wasn't hard working, but Hale noted a big difference in the number of kids showing up for practice this year than last.

The 10 seniors on this year's team is almost double what the team had last year, and this group is already impressing Hale early on.

"We have a good senior class to lead," Hale said. "We're going to miss all those guys from last year but the leaders this year are really fun to watch."

Those seniors and the rest of the Timberwolves are in action for the first time on Thursday at Barthlow Field for a 7 p.m. contest against White Salmon.

A pair of somewhat new coaches also will be manning the sidelines when the Timberwolves open the season.

Former Goldendale head coach Chris Twohy, who led the team from 1998-2000 and again in 2013, is back as an assistant and brings experience and knowledge to one of the game's most important positions, the offensive line. Hale noted that Twohy already has made some important tweaks to players' stances, their footwork and everything else that comes with playing in the trenches.

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GRIDIORN GANG:Assistant coach Rick Kauffman gets ready to deliver on of his inspirational speeches to get the tea ready for the second half of practice.

Another assistant coach added to the team is former Goldendale standout Aaron Cochran. The 2010 Goldendale graduate played and coached the defensive line at Whitworth University in Spokane and brings a high level of enthusiasm to the staff. A great motivator, Cochran should have no problem helping the defensive line improve throughout the season.

Goldendale got its first taste of action on Saturday in Highland, playing the Scotties and the Granger Spartans in a four-team jamboree. The Timberwolf defense allowed two touchdown on the day, and were able to pick up the intensity and improve as the games went on.


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