2023 is a historic year for Anacortes football - the first time the Seahawks have played in a state championship game. But that doesn’t mean AHS teams haven’t claimed the title of “state champs” on the grid iron, as the 1928 Hawks did after their undefeated season. In the years before state playoffs existed, Anacortes had a few no-loss seasons.
It is interesting to note that the official state football tournament began just 50 years ago, in 1973, according to the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association (WIAA). You can find all the tournament results in all sports here:
A good way to get some answers is by diving for fumbled knowledge in our online Anacortes American archives. Not surprisingly, Wallie Funk did a thorough six-page supplement on football history covering 1904-1953:
A later local sportswriter, Ron Judd, did some good articles on the 1928 team’s famous claim to be state champions. They were one of several undefeated AHS football teams who achieved that feat before official state titles were issued. Another good piece on mid-century teams by Judd is headlined “1956 AHS gridders set the standard”:
Of “recent” AHS post-season matchups, our teenage Seahawks encountered future NFL players blocking their paths to victory. Bob Vaux, who both played and coached at AHS, remembered, “the ’91 loss to Franklin was a classic. Franklin QB was future Husky and Patriot running back Corey Dillon.”
Past AHS coach Dustin South remembered: “The 2003 team played Timberline. The running back from Timberline was future Oregon Duck and Carolina Panther Johnathan Stewart. He averaged about 7 yards a carry that year and led the state in total rushing yardage.”