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What team boasts the best defense in the state?

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2009 at 1:09 pm with No Comments »
October 22, 2009 1:09 pm

Folks can argue that there are better defenses in the state than the unit that Class 1A Montesano rolls out onto the field every week. And they’d be right. But there is no arguing that the Bulldogs have dominated their competition better than any other team in the state, at any classification.

Montesano has not allowed any points this season. The top-ranked Bulldogs have posted seven straight shuouts, outscoring the opposition 315-0.

“After not giving up a point so far into the season, I think it’s in the back of the players’ minds now,” Bulldogs coach Terry Jensen said. “It’s not something we spend time talking about, but it’s out there.”

Jensen credits defensive coordinator Brian Hollatz for keeping the Bulldogs defense, which runs the 3-3 Stack, on point.

“Brian is as thorough a coach as there is,” he said. “He’s going to find every tendency an offense has.”

Not bad for a unit that returned only three starters, though it helped that two of them were all-league linebackers Kale Trimble and Ryan Campbell.

Montesano (7-0, 5-0 Southwest Evergreen) came closing to allowing points last week against Forks. The Bulldogs turned the ball over deep in their own territory and the Spartans worked into a first-and-goal scenario. But the defense held firm and blocked a field goal attempt on fourth down.

Montesano will face perhaps its biggest challenge yet when it hosts No. 9 Onalaska (7-0, 5-0) in a contest that will be for the division championship. Jensen called Loggers quarterback Dalton Ritchey, a run-pass threat, the “best athlete in the league.”

“Athletic quarterbacks have given us trouble in the past,” Jensen said. “Onalaska is a pretty solid team. They’re legit.”

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