Wolves see shades of 2011 team heading into fall practice

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Two years ago, the Timberview football team was the Cinderella story of the state, marching to the 5A Division II state semifinals.

The were unified from the death of an assistant coach, Cody McCarty, earlier in the season. They were also created a bond with each other to not suffer another 3-7 season as they had the year prior.

Las season, under new head coach James Brown, Timberview posted another 3-7 regular season, missing the playoffs a year after their magical run.

It’s an experience rising senior Brandon Simmons and his fellow teammates do not want to have again.

Heading into the fall, Simmons said this edition of the Timberview football team has strength in the bond the team shares.

“I think our biggest strength is, this 2014 class has been playing together for a long time,” he said. “We’re all together and we’re on the same note. Just being together and knowing each other and knowing each other’s strengths is going to be our biggest strength.”

However, Simmons, a safety, understates the defensive secondary Timberview will put on the field this fall, which features two Division I commits.

Just before spring football began, Simmonds joined teammate and fellow defensive back Ed Paris as a D1 commit by pledging his intent to play at Stanford next year. Paris had previously committed to LSU to be a safety as well.

Simmons’ decision was based primarily on the value of education he would receive.

He also felt an immediate bond to the philosophy of the program.

“All those guys have the same goals and aspirations that I do,” Simmons said. “They all are looking to hopefully get into the league and if not, they can go make a lot of money somewhere else. Everyone there is real focused and there’s not too much nonsense going on there.”

Timberview’s defense won’t do any messing around this year, but it was the offense that struggled with a scheme change under a new coaching staff. This year, led by junior slot receiver Myron Gaillard, the offense should find its stride, Simmonds said.

“Last year, our offense had a rough year, so I think for offense it will be easier having a year under their belt,” he said.

The focus Simmons saw at Stanford is a similar focus to what Simmons believes will be found among the seniors that represent Timberview this season. Naturally, he hopes Timberview surpasses the success of the team two years ago and earns a berth into the state title game, but it’s that bond that he hopes embodies the character of this year’s team.

“Even if we don’t win a state championship, I want everyone to come together as a group,” he said. “Really look out for each other, even in the hallways in school. If anyone is in trouble help them out. Just become a real family unit and have fun.”

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