In previous seasons, Sumner High School junior Eli Hofto has enjoyed his role with the Spartans’ hard-hitting defense.
This year, the coaching staff requested he switch to the other side of the ball to play right guard. Hofto has embraced the challenge and is looking forward to playing on the offensive line for the first time since he was in middle school.
“Coach (Mike) Ernaga says playing guard is like being a fullback that doesn’t get the ball,” Hofto said. “You get to pull a lot and set up blocks for the running back. After you set up the blocks, he can make the cut and go upfield for the first down.”
Hofto said the Spartans are committed to winning and playing the right way. More than 60 players were in the weight room last Wednesday morning.
“It just shows a lot of commitment from the older guys to the younger guys,” he said. “The younger guys look up to all of us. They see the weight we are lifting and know, if they stay in the weight room like most of us have, where they can get in the future.”
The Herald recently asked Hofto a few questions about his life away from the gridiron.
The Herald: What is your favorite restaurant in Sumner?
Eli Hofto: Subway. It’s healthy, and they always have good food. There is nothing bad about it.
TH: Who is your pick to win the Super Bowl this year?
EH: The Seattle Seahawks, all the way. They are my favorite team.
TH: What is your dream vacation spot?
EH: Maui. It’s beautiful there. It is tropical and has lots of water and sun.
TH: What is your biggest pet peeve?
EH: Liars. I don’t like people lying. I want you to be straight up with me because I’m going to be 100 percent straight up with you.
TH: What is your favorite movie of all time?
EH: “The Hangover.” It just makes me laugh so much.
TH: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
EH: I’m left-handed.
TH: What is your favorite band of all time?