Mason Stone has made a name for himself statewide due to his athletic ability on the football field, highlighted by signing his letter of intent to University of Idaho. It’s no surprise that he was one of the 60 Washington state high school football players chosen to compete in the East-West All State football game in Moses Lake this Friday at 7 p.m.
Stone, who first played football in sixth grade, has been the starting safety on Mountlake Terrace’s football team ever since transferring there his sophomore year from the all-too-well-known Archbishop Murphy High School. The transfer came after Stone had broken his leg early in the season.
“Archbishop Murphy was prestigious (at football),” Stone said, “but (Tony Umayum, Terraces’ Football Coach) shaped Terrace’s football program and turned it all around so I wasn’t too upset (transferring to Terrace).”
His sophomore year, Stone made the All-Wesco team and later broke the record for most interceptions in school history. He credits his achievements to “practicing very, very hard. My motto has always been ‘Hard work pays off.’ I worked as hard as I could (on) the football field. (My) Inspiration comes from players like Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks defensive back), Ed Reed (Houston Texans free safety) and Sean Taylor (Washington Redskins free safety). (I) watch a lot of film, too.” He also mentioned another very inspirational role model — his trainer, Tracy Ford.
This week, Stone has been practicing with his new teammates at Moses Lake for the East-West game. He describes the practices with the other chosen athletes as “a lot of fun. In high school, not every (football player) out their (on the field) is an all-star, but out here (Moses Lake), everyone is an all-star and (practicing) is a lot more fun and competitive.”
Unlike most players, it’s possible Stone is going to spend the entire time on the field. “I’m going to have a lot of playing time and plan to make the most out of (the opportunity that I have),” he said.
Although Stone has committed and signed his letter of intent to the University of Idaho, he is going to only grey shirt his freshman year at Idaho and then have a chance at red shirting next year. Unfortunately, he was the 27th recruit in his class to sign his letter of intent when only the first 25 are eligible for red shirting. “I feel good (grey shirting) because it’s extra time to train and prep (for next year),” Stone said. In addition, grey shirting will allow him to complete his master’s degree at the University of Idaho.
Stone said he owes all of his success to his mom, Hawks football coach Tony Umayum and especially his dad, who helped with with scholarships and was always supporting him behind the scenes. “Without my dad, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish achievements,” Stone said.
— By Nathan Koplitz