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2017 Football: Beavers Excited to Start Season With New Coach, Field

Images from Tenino football practice on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

2017 Football: Beavers Excited to Start Season With New Coach, Field

There’s a lot of new things happening around Tenino’s football program, and the Beavers are ready to get the 2017 season underway.

Over the summer, new black fieldturf was installed along with some renovations for Beaver Stadium.

Along with a new field, the Beavers’ hired Cary Nagel as the new head coach. Nagel replaces Tim Bullus, who was 3-6 in his only season at Tenino.

“The team looks fairly experienced, for the most part. I’d say we’ve got some guys that have played some football,” Nagel said. “Overall, I think the kids are really tough mentally. We’re a small group, but there are some good players on this team.”

Nagel coached at Shelton for 10 years before becoming the offensive coordinator at Franklin Pierce the last two seasons.

“I was looking to get my foot in the door as far as head coaching goes. This spot opened up, (and) I really like the small town feel. It reminded me of a smaller Shelton,” Nagel said, “and I really enjoy the people.”

The new coach is looking to build a new football culture. Nagel introduced the Commitment Log at a practice, which symbolizes the unity of the team and each player’s commitment to the program. Nagel handed each player a nail and a hammer, and each player put his nail into the log to help bring the team together.

“As soon as I came in, you guys have had your experiences from last year and previous years,” Nagel said. “I really want it to be about the work we’re doing and I’m trying to bring a championship culture here and I think the kids have responded well. Win or lose, hopefully their mindset is good. That is pretty much all I care about.”

Having served as offensive coordinator recently, Nagel was pleased with the amount of weapons at his disposal, with senior quarterback Miles Cannon leading the way.

“We’re going to spread the ball out to our playmakers and try to get them involved as much as possible. We also have some very tough running backs and we’re going to utilize that,” Nagel said. “We’re not definitely going to be pitch and holding to anything, we’re going to try to get the ball in people’s hands and see what happens from there.”

On defense, Nagel has a specific mindset in mind.

“We’re going to attempt to stop the run first, that’s a big deal to me personally,” he said. “Be very stout in the running game and take care of the back end.”

Tenino started off the season with three wins, but lost the last six games, including all of their league games. Nagel thinks the 1A Evergreen League will be tough once again.

“I know the Evergreen 1A League because I see Montesano. Those guys (are) up in the Tacoma Dome quite a bit so I’m guessing the league is going to be pretty good,” Nagel said. “Just judging from the records in the past and the coaches that have coached kids that are here, it’s a very tough league.”

Nagel noted that Cannon has emerged as a leader for the Beavers, as well as fellow seniors Tyrick Weyrauch and Guy Murrillo.

When it comes to goals for the season, Nagel said he doesn’t have any particular win-loss record in mind.

“My goal this year is to get these kids as close to their potential as possible, that’s what I want to do,” Nagel said. “I’d like to come out in the win-loss column on the positive side, but I think if I can get these kids as close to their potential as possible, all that stuff will take care of itself.”

Tenino Beavers

1A Evergreen League

Coach: Cary Nagel (1st)

2016: 3-6 (missed playoffs)

Returning Starters: N/A

9/1 Rochester

9/8 Bellevue Christian

9/15 at White Salmon

9/22 at Stevenson

9/29 Hoquiam

10/6 Forks

10/13 at Elma

10/20 at Montesano

10/27 at Cedar Park Christian

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