I had the chance to talk to Chiawana (Pasco) coach Steve Graff earlier today. Chiawana is playing Bothell in the Class 4A state title game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Riverhawks are the defending state champions, but had to work through adversity this year after Graff’s son, Mac, suffered a serious accident during a hunting fall.
Here is some of what Graff had to say.
On running back Austin Urlacher: “The offensive line makes him good. He makes people miss, he’s fast, he’s tough, he’s athletic. Doesn’t look like a guy standing there, but he gets it done.”
On the offensive line: They have their moments. One series they’ll go and just knock people off the ball and protect the quarterback great, then next series who knows. It’s been hit or miss with them all year, mostly hit.”
On hitting their stride at the right time: “Obviously it’s everybody’s goal when they start the season, we’ve been fortunate to play people in the right order in the playoffs.”
On Bothell: “They’re really good. Don’t see a weakness.”
On what Chiawana needs to do: “Not turn the ball over for one, they thrive off the turnovers.”
On dealing with adversity: “We just go about our business. Things happen and you got to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going. The kids have been great at including Mac in everything and he’s been positive.”