Mustang senior standout Carson Bruener committed to play at the University of Washington. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Mustang senior standout Carson Bruener committed to play at the University of Washington. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Redmond football squad is ready to ‘Pound the Rock’

Mustangs open season against Squalicum.

Redmond High football players have been anticipating this season for a long time. Last winter, head coach Mickey Ahrens opened the doors to the gym at 5:45 a.m. on some days and around 40-55 Mustangs popped up from their beds early to work out.

Now, it’s go time for the 4A KingCo squad, which will kick off its season at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at home versus Squalicum.

Second-year Mustang coach Ahrens, whose team finished 3-7 overall last year, said his players are in solid shape and his goal is to “put our guys in position where they can do their best.”

Senior University of Washington commit Carson Bruener (6-3, 205) will lead the way at linebacker/running back. He possesses a stellar work ethic and is tight-knit with the coaches and players, Ahrens said. “It’s the best feeling for a coach,” to have someone like Bruener at the forefront, the coach added.

The Mustangs have junior Tyler Fortney (5-11, 160) set in the quarterback spot and he’s filled with athleticism, a great arm and smarts, Ahrens said. In last season’s final two games, Fortney notched five touchdown passes, amassed 350-plus yards passing and didn’t throw an interception.

Other top players include senior nose guard/offensive lineman Max Badger (6-2, 285), senior running back/linebacker Matthew Janetzki (6-0, 180) and sophomores Braydon Bruener (6-0, 170) at wide receiver/linebacker, Zac Mercado (5-7, 151) at cornerback, Sam Stavoe (5-10, 155) at cornerback and Ben Hartman (6-3, 270) at guard.

Ahrens lists his coaching philosophy as “Pound the Rock,” which is derived from the credo of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. Ahrens noted that if you pound a rock 100 times and it breaks on the 101st smash, the previous lengthy striking paved the way for that victorious moment.

“Every day, hit the reset button and take another swipe at the rock,” Ahrens said.

REDMOND Schedule

Sept. 6 home vs. Squalicum, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 home vs. Seattle Prep, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Lake Washington, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26 at Inglemoor, 7 p.m. (Pop Keeney Stadium)

Oct. 4 at Woodinville, 7 p.m. (Pop Keeney Stadium)

Oct. 11 home vs. North Creek, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 home vs. Bothell, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Eastlake, 7 p.m.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@redmond-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.redmond-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

Redmond High starting quarterback Tyler Fortney gets in some throwing at practice. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Redmond High starting quarterback Tyler Fortney gets in some throwing at practice. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

More in Sports

Photo courtesy of Panthers Youth Rugby
Panthers Youth Rugby rolls into action

Panthers Youth Rugby is encouraging boys and girls in middle school and… Continue reading

t
Redmond coach, grapplers join Ascend Wrestling Academy

Redmond High wrestling coach Lantz Schwabenbauer and several local grapplers are part… Continue reading

A Decatur High School student in Federal Way participates in a conditioning workout in Feb. 2021 as the state eased back in to in-person activities. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
State announces mask requirements for student sports, performing arts

Athletes are not required to wear masks when participating in sports of any contact level while outside.

Screenshot of video obtained by Redmond police shows Richard Sherman trying to break into the Redmond home of his in-laws.
Former Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman charged with five misdemeanors in King County

Charges were filed following an incident at home of Sherman’s in-laws in Redmond.

Screenshot
Redmond Police arrest former Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman

Redmond Police allege former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman crashed into a… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Casino unveiled the first immersive Seahawks-branded table game experience Sept. 18, 2020, in a ribbon cutting dedication with Snoqualmie Tribe Council members and Snoqualmie Casino executives. Courtesy photo
Gambling Commission OKs pacts with tribes for sports betting

Agreements with 15 tribes await approval by the governor and the feds.

Kentwood High football. FILE PHOTO
WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports in response to state guidelines

Practices scheduled to begin Feb. 1 for football, volleyball, soccer and 5 other sports

The Mercer Island boys basketball celebrates their 61-36 victory over Interlake in the 3A KingCo championship game on Feb. 11, 2020, at Sammamish High School. File photo
WIAA pushes back return to play for prep sports

Season 2 now begins Feb. 1 and seasons have been shortened to seven weeks each.

In this file photo from March 2020, the Federal Way High School boys basketball team reacts in the final minutes of the state quarterfinals game against Mt. Si High School. File photo
New guidelines released for return of prep sports in WA

The new plan places counties and sports in three-tier systems. No signs of a quicker return to play.

Redmond football squad is ready to ‘Pound the Rock’
Redmond football squad is ready to ‘Pound the Rock’

Mustangs open season against Squalicum.

Doctor IDs safety measures for youth team sports practices
Doctor IDs safety measures for youth team sports practices

Before practice begins, parents must understand COVID-19 protective protocols

Pictured: A Mercer Island High School swimmer competes in fall 2019. Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced the girls swim and dive season will be moved to “Season 3,” which begins March 1. File photo
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.