A football star on the rise


Justine Phipps, Scot Scoop Sports Editor/In Depth Editor

Assisting the Junior Varsity (JV) Scots to multiple victories throughout the season, sophomore Jake Kumamoto ended his second year of high school football with a strong finish.

Kumamoto began playing football four years ago. He started off as a linebacker and advanced to a running back.

“I’m [passionate] about football,” said Kumamoto. “It’s definitely my favorite sport.”

Along with friends, Kumamoto has had his family supporting him through his good and his bad games.

“My brother came to every [single] game,” said Kumamoto. “My parents also supported me. My dad is really into [football,] too.”

Kumamoto was a key leader on the JV team, and was proud to say so.

“It was a great experience,” said Kumamoto.

After playing his freshman year with the JV team, Kumamoto learned from the past leaders and said being a leader was a “positive aspect” to playing football.

“Last year, I got to see the leaders of the team and how they helped everyone. So [this year,] I tried to do that, too.”

Other members of the JV team enjoyed their experience playing with Kumamoto.

“He [ran] a lot of yards, and kept the team always pushing on,” said teammate Cutler Pons. “I enjoyed playing with him because he is a great guy, and never quits. I’m glad I got to block for him.”

Kumamoto is looking forward to playing on the Varsity team next year.

“I’m pumped for next year,” said Kumamoto, “It’s the same team that won the league my freshman year, so hopefully we are going to do just as well.”

With a bright future ahead of him, many people are looking forward to seeing him on the field next fall.

“If he keeps playing, he will play great and become a real weapon [to other teams],” said Pons.

“I’m excited to see [Jake] play Varsity next year,” said junior Savannah Grech. “He made a big impact on the JV team this year, and hopefully will have the same effect on the Varsity team next year.”