Senior RB Benja Cook rips off a long run against Cleveland on Sept. 28 earlier in the season.


Bellevue Reporter, November 5, 2019

Bellevue - The  Sammamish  football  team  defeated the Foss Falcons, 54-0,  on  Nov. 2.  The  win  was  the  Totems’ second victory  of  the week. They defeated the West Seattle Wildcats, 20-13,  on Oct 29, after lightning on Oct. 25 forced the game to be  delayed with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter with the Totems trailing 13-6. When the game resumed on Tuesday, the Totems scored on their first play, a 37-yard touchdown run from running  back  Eddy  Nguyen.  Sammamish converted the two-point  conversion to take a 14-13 lead. After the defense forced the  Wildcats  to  punt  on  their next drive, Totems quarterback Josue  Lara threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cody Arsenian  to  put  them up 20-13. The win was the third straight for the Totems.  See full article


By Benjamin Olson; Bellevue Reporter, August 30, 2019

Bellevue -   After   a   winless  2018  season,  the  Sammamish Totems   are   entering  the  new  football  campaign  hoping  to rebuild.  “We  had  a  bad  season last year,” head coach Rylen Akana said. “We can build on a lot of stuff. Our goal this year is to get above .500.”   In his third season with the Totems, Akana expects  to  see  the  team  improve  in  all  three phases of the game. 

“There’s  not  really  one  aspect  that  we  did really well at
(last year),”
   Akana   said.   “It’s   about  constantly  getting
better  on everything, special teams especially. That’s been a thorn in our side.” See full article

Junior QB Josue Lara will compete for the starting QB position this fall 2019 season.


April 29, 2019

Buena Vista, VA - The  Southern  Virginia University Knights  football program made one of it's best signing day decisions, by signing Sammamish Totems All-League quarterback Coby Akana.  Coby  made  his  decision  to  continue his education and football career at Southern Virginia University after a visit to  the  SVU campus during spring break.  He announced his commitment via skype with Head Coach Ed Mulitalo.   Coach Mulitalo  is  a  Super Bowl  XXXV  Champion  with  Baltimore Ravens in 2001.

The Totem football Tribe family is excited for Coby, and can't wait to watch his success on Saturdays with the Knights!


  • Totems News I Thursday; April 5, 2019 I 9:32 am

With  open arms we welcome back our resident Thunderbird to our Longhouse!  If you can remember back in 2017, the school district  had  upgraded  the  stadium  lights,  and re-located the Thunderbird  nest  that  occupied the north stadium pole lights, to  a  lone  douglas  fir  tree  located  on  the  NE  corner  of the school property.  

This spring,  has seen Thunderbird trying to build a nest on the north  stadium  pole  lights.  Is  it  because  they  like  the  view better  of  Totem f ootball, soccer and lacrosse games from the stadium lights?  Would we rather they choose the more nature-friendly  and natural option of a tree? Well, yes.  However, who are we to say otherwise?!  Welcome back Thunderbird!  Get updates on our Facebook page; @sammamishfootball

              Click on photo to see article


  • Seattle Times I Thursday, Nov. 14, 2018 I 12:22pm

Because of our independent schedule, and playing KingCo and Metro schools, we were not allowed to nominate our boys for KingCo all-league honors.  We were told they could only receive honorable mention.  These boys are every bit worthy of a 1st team all-league nod at their respective positions.  We congratulate these young men for their superior play this season, and their contributions to the Sammamish football program!

Congratulations Coby Akana-QB, Daniel Sushkin-RB, Cameron Arsenian-LB,  Aman Anwar-DB, Erik Patterson-OL, and Ryan Hervey-P

1st Team Offense:                                            1st Team DefenseDefense:

QB - Sam Brown, 11, Liberty                            LB - Drew Fowler,12, Bellevue
RB - Jacob Thoresen, 12, Liberty                     LB - Jacob Thoreson, 12, Liberty
RB - Alex Reid, 11, Bellevue                            DE - Matulino Masunu, 10, Bellevue   
WR - Hunter Johnson, 12, Mercer Island         DE - Nick Anderson, 12, LK. WA
WR - Jacob Wright, 12, Liberty                        DE - Mark Capati, 12, Liberty
OL - Drew Cain, Sr., Liberty                               S - Isaiah Eubanks, 12, Juanita
OL - Taylor Goins, Jr., Bellevue                         S - Jake Wright, 12, Liberty
OL - Johnny Barthel, 12, Liberty                        C - Jaelen Love, 12, Bellevue
OL - Sebastian Garcia, 12, Juanita                   C - Grand Stading, 12, Mercer Island
K/P - Connor Davis, 11, Liberty


By Shaun Scott; Bellevue Reporter, October 11, 2018

Bellevue - The scoreboard hasn’t been kind to the Sammamish Totems football team during the 2018 season.  The Totems, who have lost all six of the games they’ve played this season, aren’t letting the losses affect their preparation or intensity as the season winds down. 

Sammamish senior quarterback Coby Akana, who has been the starter under center for the past two seasons, said the mindset of the team has remained upbeat since the first day of practice in August.“I just love playing football. I know my guys know that. Week after week it has been disappointing and unfortunate,” Akana said of the string of defeats. “We lost a few of our key guys (due to injuries) but we all just look forward to practices and games. We enjoy playing this game. We’ve had a lot of fun the past couple of weeks regardless of the score. You don’t get a lot of opportunities to play football like this. The guys understand that. It is fun being out here.”

Akana said his ability to manage a game has grown .... click here to read more


  • Totems News I May 5, 2018 I 12:30 pm

Kona, HI - A few of our players took advantage of a free college recruiting showcase for sophomores and juniors, on the island of Hawaii.  Coaches from schools like Eastern Washington, Colorado Mesa, Montana Tech, East Los Angeles and Antelope Valley College, were there to assess talents.  The showcase was hosted by Kealakehe high school, located in Kailua-Kona, HI.  Juniors Daniel Sushkin, Coby Akana, Vic Tobias and sophomore Ryan Hervey were the four that made the trip.

Besides a half day of camp football, the boys visited the infamous lava tubes, the historic Kona waterfront, and got to go body surfing at Kua bay.

Players get a talk by University of Hawaii sophomore WR John Ursua

Juniors Cameron, Aman and Coby on a UW recruit visit & spring practice.  


April 13, 2018

Montlake, WA - Three Totem football players received an official invite from the UW Football program to visit the university and the Huskies football facilities over spring break.  Junior linebacker Cameron Arsenian, junior slot back Aman Anwar, and junior quarterback Coby Akana got to see what the life of a student athlete at the University of Washington does on an everyday basis.  Toured the state of the art football facilities, and topped it off with watching the Dawgs in day #7 of spring practices.

When asked to comment on their experience on the day, they all responded that it would be a dream to have an opportunity to be a Husky!


December 22, 2017

Sacramento, CA - The Sacramento State Hornets football program made one of it's best signing day decisions, with the signing of Sammamish Totems All-League wide receiver Tao McClinton.  Tao made his decision to continue his education and football career at Sacramento earlier today.

The Totem football Tribe family is excited for Tao, and can't wait to watch his success on Saturdays with the Hornets!


  • Seattle Times I Thursday, Nov. 15, 2017 I 12:44pm

Six Sammamish football players were named to the KingCo 2A all-league team.  Congratulations Tao McClinton, Coby Akana, Daniel Sushkin, Cameron Arsenian, Victor Tobias, and Brandon Zanders on your selections.  Double Congratulations to two-way all-league honor selections Tao and Cameron!

Offense:                                                            Defense:

QB - Coby Akana, Jr., Sammamish                  LB - Cameron Arsenian, Jr., Sammamish
RB - Jacob Thoresen, Jr., Liberty                     LB - Khalil Manning, Sr., Liberty
RB - Jake Wright, Jr., Liberty                            LB - Jacob Thoresen, Jr., Liberty
WR - Tao McClinton, Sr., Sammamish             DE - Alex Olague, Sr., Liberty
WR - Brandon Zanders, Jr., Sammamish         DE - Daniel Sushkin, Jr., Sammamish
WR - Reilly Larson, Sr., Liberty                         DE - Jackson Wray, Sr., Liberty
OL - Jackson Wray, Sr., Liberty                         S - Tao McClinton, Sr., Sammamish
OL - Cameron Arsenian, Jr., Sammamish         S - Jake Wright, Jr., Liberty
OL - Cody Murphy, Sr., Liberty                          C - Ty Suttles, Jr., Liberty
OL - Drew Cain, Jr., Liberty                               C - Caleb Carr, Jr., Liberty

K/P - Holden Kooiker, Sr., Liberty

See article here


October 28, 2017

LakeHills, WA - Sammamish football players took some time over the weekend to give some community service to the children of the LakeHills community.

The LakeHills Neighborhood Associations, 1st annual Trunk-or-Treat event was held at the LakeHills Shopping Center.  The boys manned game stations throughout the event, and provided encouragement and a fun, game-like atmosphere for the little trick-or-treaters!  Some were even fortunate enough to get to participate in the "Mummy Wrap" race, where kids used T.P to wrap our players into a bonafide mummy! 

See more pics click here

Aman, JP & Jaxon help a little girl be successful in the ring toss game.  

Juniors Aman, Coby, Cameron and Vic, provide an offensive look in drills.


October 25, 2017

Bellevue, WA - On a week 9 bye week, the Sammamish football team took some time off to go help and support the Bellevue Jr. Seahawks at their practice.

The boys were excited for the opportunity to instruct, provide a scout team look on offense and defense, and just run around with kids!

The Bellevue Jr. Seahawk coaches were appreciative of the visit.  Sophomore level coach Steve Ghio noted, "I saw a liitle bounce and hustle in our kids practice demeanor this week that we haven't seen for awhile.  I know having the Totems there provided a refreshing change this week!"


  • Bellevue Reporter I Monday, October 2, 2017 I 5:50pm

Bellevue - The Sammamish Totems football squad earned a 15-14 victory against the Ingraham Rams on Sept. 29. The Totems (3-2 overall) will host the Bainbridge Island Spartans at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

Read Article, click Here

Tao McClinton makes a move upfield against Ingraham on Sept. 29. Photo courtesy of        Scott Miller


September 1, 2017

Kingston, WA - The Sammamish football team and the Sammamish Cheer squad, took a ferry from Seattle to travel across the water to play their season opening game against the Kingston Buccaneers.

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon, a cool 75º with a little Puget Sound breeze blowing off the water.  We gathered everyone at the bow of the ferry to take a photo opportunity as a tribe family to share with all of you!  

The Totems have a lot of pent-up energy from the off-season, and they're ready to get the season started!  The Totems beat Kingston at home last year by a score of 26-18, so the Buccaneers will be looking for payback.  BRING IT!


By Shaun Scott; Bellevue Reporter, June 20, 2017

Bellevue - Blocking and tackling are undoubtedly two of the most important aspects of the game of football.

Sammamish Totems’ head football coach Rylen Akana, who will be in his first season leading the program after being hired this past February, made sure his players were focused on those two key aspects during spring football practice sessions in June. Totems’ sophomore Victor Tobias, who is slated to be the starting center on the offensive line this fall, is enjoying Akana and his staff’s coaching style.

“It is a great feeling. I honestly think with this team we have a new spirit about us. It means a lot,” Tobias said. “We’re a new team that is growing and we’re going to take it one step at a time.” Read the rest of the article here

Junior QB Coby Akana looks to get a pass off in spring drills

Tao McClinton is a senior leader for the Totems


By Shaun Scott; Bellevue Reporter, June 19, 2017

Bellevue - Sammamish Totems football player Tao McClinton is a dynamic force on both sides of the ball for his team.  McClinton, who will be a senior outside linebacker/wide receiver this fall, literally stands taller than most of the players he goes up against on the gridiron. McClinton is 6-feet, 4-inches tall and possesses a respectable 32-inch vertical leap. The rare combination of size and speed is something McClinton hopes will get him noticed by college scouts.

“I want to play college football at the Division-1 level. I just want to ball out, have a great season and show coaches what I’m made of,” McClinton said.

McClinton said the Totems have fully embraced new head coach Rylen Akana and his coaching staff’s approach to the game. Akana was hired as the Totems head football coach this past February.

“We are all excited as a team. Our team as a whole is just a bunch of young guys and we’re behind our coach fully,” McClinton said of Akana. “We just want to go out and get some wins and have fun.” Read the rest of the article here


June 28-29, 2017

Bellevue - If you heard young boys whooping and hollering for two days, within earshot of the Sammamish football field, you know it was the Totems Youth Football Camp in full swing!

We were happy to welcome youths ages 8-13 to participate in the 1st annual Totems Youth Football camp, under the direction of new head coach, Ry Akana.

The boys were coached offensive and defensive fundamentals by the Sammamish football coaching staff.  Coach Akana, a USA Football Master Trainer, led a "Heads Up" football tackle clinic.  Teaching the young football players safer methods of tackling by taking the head out of the tackle progression.  The boys also spent a session in the classroom, in a "Student 1st-Athlete 2nd" presentation.  They learned the importance of keeping good grades in school, as a criteria to being eligible to play football, and increasing their chances to play beyond high school.  See more pictures here: Click Here

Totem Youth Football campers get after it in competitive flag football


June 12, 2017

Bellevue - Come check out the new look Totems football program as they play against Cleveland high school this Saturday, June 17 at 12:00 pm at Sammamish high school.

The boys have had three non-contact practices and 7 contact practice days for spring football, and are chompin' at the bit to get after it this Saturday!  We would appreciate your support, and hope to see the stands filled with our Totem Nation!


April 29, 2017

Bellevue - Sign ups for Sammamish Totems 2017 Spring Football is now open for regsistration.  If you are interested in playing spring football, you need to register and complete the following items, before the May 26th deadline.

• Current Physical Exam (Good for 2 yrs.)

• Current Impact Test (Good for 2 yrs.)

• Current ASB Card

• Fines paid

If you have any questions regarding the validity of your physical, or impact test, see Ms. Tomlinson in the main office.




Team Cultural Night at Sammamish High School

May 2, 2017

Bellevue - On May 24, we will have the great fortune of having as our guest, the great, great, great, great grandson of legendary Duwamish leader and Emeral City namesake Chief Seattle ... Ken Workman.

Ken will be teaching us the Pacific Northwest Native American lore of the Totem Pole and the Thunderbird, and it's significance in their culture.

We want to be able to understand what we represent here at Sammamish high school, reverence and respect it.

We encourage parents and family members of players to join us, as this is a team/family event.

*This is a player mandatory event, so make sure you clear your schedules to attend!


Mayhem 7 on 7

May 9, 2017

Bellevue -  On  Saturday,  June  10, Totems football will be hosting  an  unprecedented  7  on  7  scrimmage  at home. Joining  us  for  Mayhem  7's  will be Inglemoor, Cleveland, and Bellevue Christian.

Mayhem  7's  is  a  concept developed by Coach Akana, to give  QB's  a  mre realistic look in the drill.  In the typical 7 on  7  format,  the  QB  is  untouched,  unbothered  by  any pressure  and  sits  comfortably back in the pocket with a 4 second  window to throw to an open receiver.  We all know that's  not  how  hat works at game speed.  In Mayhem 7's, there  are 3 rushers on the line of scrimmage. Live rushers are pre-determined by the offensive coach.  He can send 1 or 2 of the 3 rushers.  At the snap of the ball, the defensive rusher  take a 2 second count, then all take two hard steps upfield  to  the  QB.  Only the pre-determined rusher(s) will continue  to  the  QB,  and  will stop at 1 yard in front of the QB  and  gently  hit  him  with a pool noodle.  If the QB has has  not got the ball out before the live rusher approaches, he  uses  his  evasion  skills  to  evade  the live rusher and makes a  throw.   The  QB  must  make  quicker  decisions, utilize  his  escape  techniques  in  the  pocket  and  make accurate throws on the run.


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