Nearly half of the current Morton-White Pass football roster may be freshman, but Lee Metcalf has a core of returning players ready to both keep the train moving this year and get the next wave of T-Wolves ready for their own time to shine.
“You plug in somebody else and move forward, and that’s what we’ve done,” Metcalf said. “We’re running the same stuff we’ve always run… Not everything’s the same, but some of the traditional Morton-White Pass stuff we still kept, and we’re going to continue to run that. It’s kind of our identity.”
The look will change a bit under center, with the Timberwolves set to employ a two-quarterback system to start the season. Metcalf named both junior Brecken Pelletier and sophomore Judah Kelly as options both at quarterback and running back, and doesn’t feel like he needs to pick one moving forward to be the sole factor.
“I wouldn’t really call it a competition,” he said. “They each have different skill sets that we can play to our advantage if we see something we like defensively that presents itself.”
Whoever’s throwing the ball will have 6-foot, 2-inch first-team all-league tight end Hunter Hazen to get it to.
Also back for the T-Wolves is Carter Dantinne, who earned himself an honorable mention spot in the all-league lists at tailback and second-team nods at defensive line and punter.
“He’s a good athlete for us,” Metcalf said. “Obviously brings a lot to the table on both sides of the ball. He’s a physical kid, solid player.”
On the line, Metcalf is turning to the returning trio of Gavin Addy, Gaven Cheney, and Landan Elkins to lead the way, while finding two new bodies to enter into starting roles.
Last season, the Timberwolves played just two games decided by fewer than 20 points, either blowing teams out or getting blown out themselves. This time around facing the always-tough likes of Napavine, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley, and Forks, it’ll be up to some of the old faces stepping into larger roles to try to work MWP up from the middle of the pack.
“This is a very tough place to play football,” Metcalf said. “Southwest Washington 2Bs are kind of like the SEC of small-school football. You’ve got to be on top of your game every Friday night. There’s no telling what a kid’s going to do on a Friday night sometimes. It’s hard to predict. But we just try to be consistent, not make mistakes, and play football the right way. Hopefully that will translate into some wins for us.”