If we are talking future player of the year candidates, Sophomore RB Kainoa Sayre is one of the first athletes to be mentioned. Sayre went off this past season earning 1st team all league honors while rushing for 13 TDs and averaging close to 7 yards per carry.
More exciting was his ability to cut and slash through opponents at such a young age, in the state’s toughest conference. Kainoa accounted for close to 1000 all purpose yards in 11 games, for a team that spread the ball around, with talented senior backs Lucas Noland and Nathan Marx also getting consistent carries.
The T-Wolves finished 7-4 on the season, with losses to Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Tigard twice. Essentially three teams ranked in the top 5 at the 6A level within Oregon. Give a lot of credit to first year head coach Dan Lever who got things back in order quickly, after a couple tough seasons which included 0-9 (14′) and 2-8 (16′) records.
Speaking on the season and his goals moving forward Sayre says, “The turnaround season that we had this year was an incredible experience.. Moving forward we can’t let the success and hype we had from this year interfere with our future progression.”
Lever hired an impressive staff and immediately made an impact. Referencing this Kainoa said, “Coach Lever had experience not only as a coach, but as a scout, prior to accepting the job at Tualatin HS which gave us all confidence… He brought a lot of excitement to the program and was able to quickly bond with each player and create trust within the team.”
Sayre excelled on the 7v7 circuit as part of EForce this past off season as well. He should once again thrive with the Oregon all star group this year, with what looks to be a special 2020 class.
You would never know how talented the kid is by speaking with him as he says, “Growing up my mom always told me , stay humble and just be you, so that’s always been my main focus.”
If this season is any indication you can expect Kainoa to be one of the most recruited kids in the region moving forward. Tualatin is back and Sayre looks to be the real deal.