Dynamic senior Anthony Gold is measuring up to the standards set by his father, Ahmad Gold, with Renton's 1986 state semifinal team.
He’s been true to his name, good as Gold.
Anthony Gold is living up to expectations at Renton High School this season, and living up to the legacy of his father, former Renton standout Ahmad Gold.
Anthony, who played high-school football in Idaho the past three years, said he wants to better all of Ahmad’s rushing and scoring totals this season and he’s well on his way.
He also hopes his father will come watch him play sometime, something Ahmad promised the last time they saw each other five or six months ago, according to Anthony.
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“He told me he was going to come to my games and watch me, but he never has,” Anthony said, noting Ahmad “pops in and out” of his life.
Family members have told Anthony his father was a good player.
“I heard he was big and fast,” he said.
According to The Times’ archives, Ahmad was 5 feet 10 and 183 pounds and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 11 games as a Renton senior in 1986. He scored 17 touchdowns as the Indians reached the AAA (now 4A) state semifinals before losing to Juanita. He was selected to Star Times all-area team.
Anthony (5-7, 170), who lives with his maternal grandmother, has rushed for 608 yards in four games, averaging 10.3 per carry. He has 13 touchdowns overall, including three on interception returns, two on receptions and one via kickoff return. Five came last week against Highline.
“He is extremely elusive with the ability to stop, cut and accelerate better than any running back we have seen over the last four years,” Highline coach Juan Cotto said.
Anthony started playing football in Renton at age 8.
“From the time I threw on the pads, it was love at first sight,” he said.
He said he started running with the wrong crowd in middle school and was sent to live with his mom in Sandpoint, Idaho, as a freshman. As a sophomore, he was a two-way starter on a team that reached the 4A state championship (5A is Idaho’s largest classification). His season was shortened last year by a neck injury and he returned to Renton last spring to finish high school.
“My dad played here and graduated from Renton, and that’s my main reason for coming back,” Anthony said.
His goals coming into the season: “I just want to be a team player and find out what my dad’s records were and break them, be better than my dad, because I heard he was a pretty good football player.”
Foster coach’s gesture a hit with Chelan
Coach Jim Sutrick and his Foster players made quite an impression on visiting Chelan last Friday.
Chelan won 35-7, but coach Darren Talley was impressed by Sutrick’s actions afterward. His Bulldogs players gathered at the 50-yard line, took a knee and faced the Chelan players, who followed suit.
Sutrick praised the Goats’ play and thanked them for making the long trip, then opened a large box of goodies for the ride home — fruit and granola bars for each player. He then gave coach Talley $200 from the Bulldogs’ booster club to help offset costs.
“I have been around football my whole life as the son of a head football coach, as a high school athlete and as a college football player,” Talley later wrote in an email to media outlets. “I have never witnessed anything like what happened at this football game before and it touched our hearts in a way that is so uncommon in the hurried world we all work and live in, but it was real and it showed what can happen, when you have a mission and a calling to make our world a better place.”
Sutrick said he wanted the game to be special for Chelan, but has been surprised at the outpouring of feedback his gestures caused. A Facebook post had drawn more than 50 comments as of Wednesday morning.
“I told my wife it’s funny how being nice is a story now,” he said. “I didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary.”
Federal Way gears up for Bethel offense
Defense has Federal Way’s forte. The eighth-ranked Eagles (4-0) will find out just how good it is Friday night against high-flying Bethel, which is averaging 55.5 points per game.
“They’ve got a prolific offense,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said. “I’ve been saying it’s almost like trying to prepare for the Oregon Ducks this week with their high tempo.”
The Braves’ lone loss was at Permian, Texas, 59-44 — their lowest scoring output of the season. Quarterback Justin Hordyk leads the SPSL 4A in total offense with 1,208 yards (370 rushing with five TDs and 838 passing with eight TDs).
Bethel coach Gavin Kralik calls Hordyk “the most underrated player in the state.”
“He’s a flat-out stud,” Meagher said.
Federal Way has allowed 13.5 points per game, second fewest in the SPSL.
“This is going to be a challenge for our defense,” Meagher said, “but at the same time that’s the strength of our team. Our front six are pretty darn good.”
Injured Mount Rainier player gets support
When Mount Rainier running back Ikenasio Nuku went down with an apparent serious injury in the third quarter of last Friday’s game against Kent-Meridian at Highline Stadium, players from both teams showed their concern and support.
According to bystanders, players met at the 50-yard line and joined hands, forming a large circle and saying prayers.
He was taken from the field on a backboard and transported by ambulance to Harborview.
Terri McMahan, Highline School District athletic director, said Nuku’s parents are not willing to release information on his condition.
Nuku, a senior, attends Tyee and is one of a few athletes taking advantage of the co-op with Mount Rainier. Tyee no longer has a football program.
Bonney Lake takes coach on thrill ride
Chad Barrett, 32, is aging quickly with the way his Bonney Lake team is winning games.
“I’m surprised I’m still walking,” he said.
The Panthers (4-0) have won each of their games by eight points or less, starting with a double-overtime victory over White River, a game they trailed by two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.
“Our school has never (before) won the close ones,” Barrett said. “It’s a pretty amazing deal.”
The Panthers’ offense has been prolific, averaging 38.5 points, but the defense has allowed 32.5 per game.
“There’s just a few things we need to get fixed, and we will,” Barrett said.