The long road that has been the 2014 Grays Harbor Bearcats season will come to an end tonight.
The Bearcats (0-7, 0-9) will field everyone they can to complete the Pacific Football League schedule against the South King County Colts at 6 p.m. at Stewart Field.
Last week, Grays Harbor turned into an ironman team with nearly the entire eligible and healthy roster playing offense, defense and special teams in a 25-6 loss to the Seattle Stallions.
“They played really good last weekend,” Grays Harbor head coach Todd Hoiness said. “The guys were playing both ways and it was a fantastic effort. We just came up short, but it was a heck of a game.”
Tonight, the Bearcats will finish off the season. For long-time Bearcat linebacker Dan Brown, it’ll be his final game in a Grays Harbor uniform. Brown, a five-time all-league player, a 10-year veteran and the stalwart of the Bearcats defense, will retire from semi-pro football following the game.
“He’s a great guy and has been one of the best players in the league for a long time,” Hoiness said. “He’ll be missed. We’re going to get him in as much as possible — on offense and defense.”
Joel Bown, who is out for the season with an arm injury, will also retire at the end of the season. Both Browns will be inducted into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in December.
Injuries have ravaged the Bearcats roster this season, but Hoiness sees some good out of the chaos.
“I learned how to stay away from sharp objects after games,” he quipped. “We’re building a ton of depth for next year. We have a lot of really good guys on this team. They never quit or folded their tents. The core guys have a great attitude and are tough. They play tough. I appreciate that.”
Hoiness cited first-year quarterback Loyal Linton for his overall play last week and throughout the season.
Grays Harbor will be without linebacker Matt Brown due to prior arrangements and could get back wide receiver Jeremy Walker (questionable, foot) for the game.
Tickets are $5 for adults at the door, with children 12-under and seniors 65-over admitted free. Gates open at 4 p.m.