Bomar shines in loss

I woke up in a haze early Saturday morning, the words ringing in my ears. "Tahj Bomar on the tackle." The 6-2, 210-pound athlete from Kent (Wash.) Kentwood was officially credited with 16 tackles Friday night in a 22-20 loss to Kentridge, but in reality it felt like he had double that. Add two interceptions, one for a 60-yard touchdown and another score as a fullback and you see why the University of Washington wants Bomar to be playing for them next fall.

"It was a tough loss," Bomar told "I'm disappointed. I'm more disappointed because we beat ourselves. Kentridge didn't beat us because of a lack of talent. It was just mistakes that beat us. You don't win games with four turnovers. Hopefully we can bounce back against Auburn. They are 0-1 too. We need to get back on the win chart."

Tahj was already a tackling machine as a junior, but this year he feels like he's already stepped up his all-around game. "This year I know how to make the pass reads two times faster," he said. "I had two interceptions and could've had three. I know where the receivers are going to run their routes. I knew coming in that we would have some tough games and maybe even a couple of losses. That's just part of maturing and stepping up. This year we're going to have fun. We don't have the same team as last year, but we do have a good team and if we can cut out the mistakes we can still try and defend our state championship."

The loss stings, but when it's all over he still took time to congratulate the Chargers. "I know all the Kentridge guys," Tahj said. "Joey and I went heads up a couple of times. They were up to play and we were up to play. They wanted revenge for last year's game. He's a good ball player, about 6-4, 215. He batted down about 4 or 5 passes from Kalen (Roy, Kentwood's QB). He's a threat on the D-line."

There was one interested spectator on the sidelines Friday night - Washington defensive line coach Randy Hart. "I saw him standing there, so I waved at him," Bomar said. "I couldn't talk to him."

Hart sealed the deal for the Huskies earlier in the summer, earning a verbal commitment from Bomar so it wasn't too much of a surprise to Tahj that he only received two phone calls on September 1st. "The only calls I got were from Washington and California," he said. "Other than that, nobody else has called. I'm pretty sure that guys like Craig Chambers and Johnny DuRocher haven't been getting any calls either."

Tahj has been talking to some of the other top prep players in the area. "I got in contact with Adam Hunter from Fife," he said. "I talked to him a little bit. And Jordan Carey from Olympia. I've talked to him too."

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