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December 5, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Even the 2007 flood hasn’t dampened the hopes of Adna’s senior class

Adna’s seniors have lost seven games in four seasons entering today’s Class 2B state championship game against Colfax. The fact that the Pirates (12-0 overall, 6-0 Central 2B League) produced 40 victories during that time makes the beginning of this decade seem so long ago.

In KC Johnson’s first season as head coach in 2001, Adna went 2-7 with a handful of single-digit losses. During this rebuilding process, there was even a two-year stretch in which six starters were freshmen.

Perhaps the most disappointing campaign came in 2007, when the top-ranked Pirates lost 26-7 to visiting Life Christian in the first round after committing five turnovers.

“We’ve been winning a lot of games and doing a lot of things right, but just haven’t been able to play in this game,” said Johnson, who is 65-34. “Now, with the 20-year anniversary of our only championship, we’ve come full circle.”

Adna, which had outscored its opponents by an average of 48-3 entering that Life Christian game, would then face a much greater battle a few weeks later.

The December 3, 2007 flood hit close to home, as John Brunoff, father of current senior lineman Cooper Brunoff and sophomore receiver Angus Brunoff, lost approximately 200 organic dairy cows to drowning. But this farming community, located six miles west of Chehalis in Lewis County, never ceases to amaze Johnson with its resiliency and the second-nature support it lends in times of crisis.

“It’s why I’m still here, I love this community and these people,” he said.

Kickoff at the Tacoma Dome is set for 4 p.m.

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