Riverside – Kenmore East football coach Pat Veltri had reason to smile Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated Riverside 28-12 in a match-up game. Sophomore Nate Murdie made his first varsity start under center for Kenmore East giving the coaches a brief look at the future of the program.
Murdie had himself quite the debut. He connected with fellow sophomore Danzo Young for three touchdowns and ran for another. In addition to playing QB, Murdie is also a free safety on defense and on special teams he is a reliable kicker, handling the punting and PAT duties.
Even though this will not count towards the regular season standings it does give the Bulldogs student body reason to hope for next season. Ken East has been struggling, including having to forfeit a game back in 2016 for low numbers.
Last week in a JV game against Kenmore West, Murdie scored two rushing TD’s and passed for another, which helped earn him and others the call-up from Coach Veltri. “I’m definitely excited, it’s been a long time coming. I am happy for our seniors and juniors who played on Varsity last year.” Veltri is in his second year as head coach at East.
The Murdie to Young connection might not have the same vibe as Montana to Rice but it’s a step in the right direction. Kenmore East could be back on the football map.