Future Cougs' versatility an eye opener

TALK ABOUT VERSATILE. Those South Puget Sound guys are jacks of all trades. Two future Cougars – Max Hersey of Curtis High and Tana Pritchard of Clover Park High -- have just earned all-league and all-area honors at multiple positions. And none of those positions is believed to be the spot where they'll play at Washington State.

Hersey, a first-team all-SPSL South pick on both the offensive and defensive line, has been a nightmare in the trenches for opposing teams this season. He was also named all-area for his work on the d-line.

And he's classified by Scout.com as a middle linebacker, rated No. 40 in the nation and three stars. And he certainly does have a feel for defense. He's helped the Curtis D to the top of the SPSL rankings in rush defense.

The 6-2.5, 233 pounder's best spot at the next level, however, could be at tight end – he has both the physical and athletic tools.

Hersey and Curtis meet Skyline at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday in a titanic state semifinal playoff game. Curtis is ranked No. 2 in the Class 4A poll, Skyline is No. 1.

Pritchard led the SPSL 2A in total yardage this season from his quarterback spot. He was also a force as the starting strong safety.

But he was named all-area for his punting – and all he did there was average a booming 47.1 yards per punt.

Pritchard was named the SPSL 2A MVP this season and for good reason -- Clover Park won its first league title in more than two decades with him starring on offense, defense and special teams.

Pritchard (6-4, 203) projects at outside linebacker for the Cougs. He'll need to beef up a bit but he has loads of room on his frame, and the requisite instincts of a pad crunching linebacker are already firmly in place..

Earlier this season, he was barred from Clover Park's contact drills. Too many of his teammates were getting injured.

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