MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake is a program that has dominated the Columbia Basin Big Nine as of late. Since 2013, the Chiefs have produced five winning seasons and three league championships during that span.
However, coming off a tough 2018 season where the Chiefs finished 3-7, head coach Todd Griffith and his group are determined to get back to the top of the league.
“We were down last year and we had been kind of dominant in the previous four years. Guys were really looking to pound us and they kind of did that,” Griffith said. “With that being said, [this year] we get West Valley, Wenatchee and Sunnyside all at home, which I think are the tougher teams. You win three of those and you're sitting pretty.”
The end goal for Moses Lake in 2019 has to be holding up the state championship trophy, but for now they are putting in the grit work to make that dream a reality.
Spring practices have taken place almost daily throughout the month of June. The Spring session culminated this past week in Cheney with the EWU Football Team Camp.
On any football team, the quarterback position is as important as any other position on the field. Right now, the Chiefs are working out two QBs that are both vying for playing time come this fall.
Senior Logan Sperline is the incumbent, having started three games toward the end of last season. His top performance undoubtedly came in his debut against the Southridge Suns, where his four total touchdowns helped lead the Chiefs to a 33-0 victory.
Pushing him for reps early this season has been junior Everett Ashley. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound dual threat earned playing time last year as a sophomore and is eager to build on that experience.
“We're trying to have a competitive battle with our quarterbacks. Both the guys I've got returning from last year are good players, and they're going to fight it out to see who's the best,” Griffith said.
Regardless of who's under center for the Chiefs, they're going to have a couple excellent offensive weapons around them in senior running back Moses Garza and junior wide receiver Lerenz Thomas.
The 5-foot-7, 170-pound Garza carried the rock 120 times for 570 yards and four touchdowns last year. He should once again be a workhorse type back in Moses Lake's offense.
Thomas is the lone returning all-league player on the roster. He's going to be a jack-of-all-trades type weapon, carrying the ball and also catching passes.
The Chiefs might be flying a bit under the radar following their 2018 campaign, but Thomas believes that this year's group has the right mindset to return to title contention.
“The one thing that you can see early in spring ball is that we already know we want to win,” Thomas said. “This group that we have right now is ready to win no matter what, and that's a good look to have.”