Awards pile up for future Cougars

FUTURE COUGARS FROM the state of Washington are raking in the awards. A week after earning league offensive AND defensive lineman of the year honors, Kevin Freitag of Burien's Kennedy High today was named All-Area by The Seattle Times. He was joined on that roster by another WSU verbal commit. And that's just half of the recent plaudits for soon-to-be-Cougs.

Freitag (6-4, 286) has led the undefeated Lancers to the state Class 3A championship game, where they'll take on Bellevue this Saturday. Kennedy's offense, powered by Freitag, is averaging 44 points and 320 ground yards per game. He has been dubbed by his prep coach, Bob Bourgette, as the best lineman ever to play for Kennedy – no small claim considering that WSU legend and former Detroit Lion Mike Utley is a Kennedy grad. He holds a 3.8 GPA.

Joining Freitag today on the Times' All-Area team is another future Cougar: quarterback Marshall Lobbestael (6-2, 210) of Oak Harbor. He, too, will be in action this weekend, having guided his 12-1 Wildcats to their first-ever state title game, against Bothell this Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome. Oak Harbor advanced to the big game with a come-from-behind win at No. 1 Gonzaga Prep this past Saturday. Lobbestael completed 20 of 25 passes in that game for 200 yards and two TDs. On the season he has passed for 2,629 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also carries a 3.7 GPA.

The Times' All-Area team covers all high schools playing in leagues from King and Snohomish counties.

THE HONORS DON'T stop there for WSU other two in-state verbal commits. Moses Lake lineman B.J. Guerra (6-3, 300) recently was named Columbia Basin League co-defensive player of the year. And Redmond running back Longwone Mitz (6-0, 225) was named first-team all-Kingco Class 4A.

Mitz, son of former Seattle Seahawk Alonzo Mitz and the No. 11-rated prep fullback in the nation, averaged 104 rushing yards per game this season and was on track for a 1,000-yard-year before an ankle sprain shelved him late in the season. He is a punishing runner who has been timed in the 40 at 4.55 seconds. He also is a league champion discus thrower.

Guerra, meanwhile, didn't disappoint this year after being tabbed pre-season All-State by several publications. His work on defense prompted Tri-City Herald prep reporter Ben Reynolds to call him "the most dominating force in the Columbia Basin 4A League," adding, "Guerra has tormented and beat up offensive lines, garnering the attention of two, sometimes three blockers trying to keep him under wraps. And sometimes that isn't even enough." Guerra also plays tight end and is a standout basketballer.

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