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August 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Issaquah FB coach Chris Bennett talks about 2011 season

IssaNewport_mh041670.JPGSeattle Times photo by Mark Harrison

Since Issaquah won the Cougars Passing Tournament for the third year in a row, I decided to check in with Eagles coach Chris Bennett and get a little insight into his program heading into 2011 season.

“Obviously it’s the last day you can work with the guys until August 17 and it’s always kind of a neat way to end it,” Bennett said. “We got to go out there and go against some pretty good teams.”

Now 7-on-7 success is no guarantee that a team will have a successful season, but considering the passing game is a pivotal part of Issaquah’s offense, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

Late in the 2010 season Eagles quarterback Ethan Kalin suffered a dislocated elbow that ended his season. But Bennett said he is 100 percent now.

“He’s had a great summer and a great spring and you can’t win those passing tournaments unless you have a guy pulling the trigger for you that’s pretty good,” Bennett said.

Kalin was named the tournament MVP. Bennett said the senior has lost 15-20 pounds, which has improved his mobility and, even though Evan Peterson graduated, Kalin has plenty of strong receivers to throw to in Reed Peterson — Evan’s younger brother — Jake Bakamus and tight end Eric Lemke.

To complement the passing game, the Eagles will start a sophomore at running back. However, Jack Gellatly (pictured above) is not a typical sophomore. He is the last of four Gellatly brothers to come through the program. At 6 feet and close to 200 pounds, he is already bigger than his brother, Grant, who is a sophomore running back at Cornell. Grant led Cornell and all Ivy League freshmen in rushing.

“He’s going to be pretty special,” Bennett said.

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