Shining Star: Pullman's Justin Cillay

PULLMAN, Wash. - After finishing 1-9 a year ago, the Pullman High School football team adopted the motto of "worst to first" and did just that, capturing the GNL title.

"You know we came into this year, and we were like, 'this is the year we're going to turn it around, and we're going to have a great year,' and so ever since then, we've been kind of like that," says senior quarterback Justin Cillay.

Thanks to a steller senior campain, Cillay has moved the Greyhounds out of the basement and into the 2A bracket.

"He's very good all-around," says head coach Dan Lucier.  "He throws the ball very well, he's probably the biggest part of our run game."

Almost operating like a surgeon at times, which makes perfect sense for a three-sport athlete who also finds time to volunteer at the local hospital.

"I kind of want to go into medicine, so I'm just getting a feel for that, volunteering in the ER, seeing how that goes," says the 3.92 GPA student.

Whether it's football or medicine, Cillay has the qualities to make those around him better.
"He's a great leader, he leads by example and has a great attitude, and he's just a guy that can make things happen when they need to happen," says Lucier.

Celebrating a league title?  Not what needs to happen, according to Cillay.  Instead, he has his eyes on whats next for the Greyhounds.

"Yeah it was fun, but we still have work to do.  We still have to come out here and work hard everyday.  Just keep doing the same thing we've been doing for the rest of the season."

Which Cillay hopes is four more games and four more wins.

Shining Star: Pullman's Justin Cillay