The Grays Harbor Bearcats return home after a two-game road trip to take on the Seattle Stallions at 6 p.m. Saturday at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.
For the Bearcats (0-3, 0-5), this will be another game to improve upon and settle their roster that has been hit with injuries this season.
This will also be a game where they’ll see a few familiar faces from earlier this season.
During the preseason, six Stallions practiced and played for the Bearcats before returning to the Seattle club due to travel constraints.
One of those players was quarterback Leo Dickerson, who played in two games for Grays Harbor. Another key player was Fred Hawthorne, who excelled on special teams in two games this season.
Other players who returned to Seattle were expected to help solidify the offensive/defensive line and skill players depth — two areas Grays Harbor struggled with this season.
“We’re learning the hard way right now,” Grays Harbor head coach Todd Hoiness said. “We just need to find a way to break through. We’re down to just four offensive linemen; I’m going to have to conjure up a fifth between now and (kickoff).
“They were good guys and they enjoyed playing with us,” Hoiness added. “The logistics were tough with the travel, making it to practice on time and such. We liked them, but we do want to beat them.”
Veteran linebacker Joel Brown will be out for the foreseeable future with a partially torn bicep. Offensive lineman Shane Dayton is also out for the game, as well as offensive lineman Ryan Long.
The Bearcats will get tight end/running back Eric Dixon back, giving quarterback Loyal Linton another weapon against the Stallions.
“They’re a solid football team — smash mouth on offense and defense,” Hoiness added. “With their big fullback (Nate Proctor) and a super quick tailback (Tobias Smith), they’ll smash you inside. Once you hunker down, they’ll throw it over your head. They’re good at that.”
Gates open at 4 p.m. for the 6 p.m. kickoff. Tickets are $5 — children 12-under and seniors over 65 are free.