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Football: SPSL 3A preview capsules

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Aug. 23, 2011 at 10:39 am with No Comments »
August 23, 2011 3:41 pm
Mane Manaea goes for an interception against Evergreen last fall. Credit: Peter Haley, staff photographer

Crystal Ball
1. Lakes (11-2)
2. Peninsula (5-5)
3. Bonney Lake (7-3)
4. Enumclaw (3-6)
5. Auburn Mountainview (4-6)
6. Decatur (1-9)
*2010 season records

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Lakes’ Cedric Dozier has given defensive coordinators nightmares, trying to figure out how to contain the fleet-footed quarterback over the past two seasons. A threat to run or pass, Dozier adds a new dimension to his game in 2011: catching passes. Lancers coach Dave Miller said his starting quarterback will be used as a receiver, too, providing another wrinkle in the offensive game plan.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Lakes’ missed having Ma’ne Manaea’s versatility and instincts on the field when a concussion sidelined him halfway through the 2010 season. The safety isn’t the most imposing – he stands 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds – but he’s a big-time hitter with the confidence to match.

IMPACT NEWCOMER
Lakes added a three-year starter in the offseason when OLB/FB Charles Hall Jr. enrolled in April after his father was transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Georgia. Hall’s new teammates rave about his fierce hitting. “He’ll knock your head off,” Dozier said.

DID YOU KNOW?
Four players from Lakes have received scholarship offers from a Division-I college. Offensive tackle Zach Banner and defensive back/receiver Cedric Dozier have several offers and will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The University of Colorado has offered defensive tackle Zaheer Webb and free safety Ma’ne Manaea.

GAME OF THE YEAR
Bonney Lake at Lakes, 7 p.m. Oct. 28
The league title was on the line when the Panthers and Lancers met in 2010, it could be again this season.

AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW LIONS
Head coach:
Jared Gervais, first season
Top players: RB/S Victor Korchemniy, Sr., 6-1, 215; OL/DL Willy Mack, Sr., 6-2 250; OL/DL David Fowler, Sr., 6-0, 265; OL/LB Derek Sarrett, Sr., 6-0 220; RB/LB Dalton Keene, Sr., 5-11, 230; WR/LB Skyler White, Sr., 5-7, 180; QB Domenic Rockey, Jr., 6-2, 175; WR/DB Devin Bryant, Jr., 5-8, 160; OL.DL Nick Aumua, Jr., 6-2, 235.
Outlook: Gervais, nephew of former prep coach Steve Gervais, takes over at Auburn Mountainview. Gervais will coordinate a spread offense that has seven starters back, including Korchemniy, a second-team all-league pick in 2010. The Lions defense, with nine returning starters, should see a marked improvement over the unit that allowed 25.2 points per game last fall. Gervais says the team is deep at receiver and Rockey is a more-than-capable quarterback. After totalling just six victories in the previous two seasons, the biggest obstacle for the Lions might be learning how to compete and win – they certainly have the experience to finish in the top-half of the league.

BONNEY LAKE PANTHERS
Head coach:
Chad Barrett, third season
Top players: QB Chris Brown, Jr., 5-10, 165; RB/OLB Joey Surber, Sr., 5-8, 175; OL/DL Taylor Mack, Sr., 6-0, 245; OL/DL Jake Nash, Jr., 5-10, 255; OL/DL Neko Reynon, Jr., 6-0, 250; WR/S Lucas Bright, Sr., 6-2, 185; WR/S Zach Zaragosa, Jr., 5-11, 180; WR/S Kaleb Zahnow, Jr., 5-11, 185; OL/ILB Hunter Coughlin, Sr., 5-10, 190; WR/OLB Dalton Fisher, Sr., 6-4, 205.
Outlook: Bonney Lake put together a fantastic regular-season run last fall, winning six straight games and met Lakes in Week 9 with the league title on the line. With just four offensive and four defensive starters back, can they duplicate that level of success? Brown, who set single-season league records for passing yards and completions, and Nash, a first-team all-league defensive lineman, give the Panthers a solid base to build from. Barrett believes his team’s speed is one of its biggest strengths and that should help the Panthers’ defense turn in standout efforts again – Bonney Lake allowed 14 points or fewer in seven games in 2010.

DECATUR GATORS
Head coach:
Leon Hatch, ninth season
Top players: LB/FB Connor Schilling, Sr. 6-1, 220; RB/CB Yohiness Jennings, Sr., 6-1, 205; SS/RB Curtis Harvili, Sr., 6-0, 200; OG/DL Amante Bell, Sr., 6-0, 260; C/DL Sam Burns, Sr., 6-2, 275; WR Michael Klavuhn, Sr., 5-9, 170; QB/FS Jason Wiley, Sr.,5-10, 170; QB/CB Abraham Ferrell-Logan, Jr., 6-1, 200; G/LB James Bagley, Jr., 6-1, 250; OT/DT Kyle Gleed, Jr., 6-2, 265; RB/CB Kevin Young, Jr., 5-10, 170.
Outlook: Decatur doesn’t lack experience; the Gators have eight offensive and eight defensive starters returning. Hatch says the team has a loaded backfield. The Gators, like other teams in the SPSL 3A, ease into the season with four non-conference games before league play begins. Still, Decatur will face a stiff test in Week 1 when it hosts No. 9 Kennedy Catholic.

ENUMCLAW HORNETS
Head coach:
Don Bartel, fourth season
Top players: LB.OL Ryan Chynoweth, Sr.; OL/DL Tyler Wicklund, Sr.; QB/DB Tyler Carlson, Sr.; WR/LB Bryson Grant, Jr.
Outlook: Enumclaw is light on returning starters – two on offense and four on defense – but Bartel says the lack of varsity experience could be diminished because the Hornets have veteran leaders at key positions. Carlson, a first-team all-league receiver in 2010, moves to quarterback and Chynoweth, a first-team pick at linebacker, returns to anchor the defense. Even if the Hornets start slow, they should not be overlooked. Enumclaw was a missed-extra point from taking state semifinalist Capital to overtime and Lakes, another semifinalist, needed a late touchdown to pull away, 38-31, in 2010.

LAKES LANCERS
Head coach:
Dave Miller, 12th season
Top players: OT/DL Zach Banner, Sr., 6-8, 330; QB/WR/DB Cedric Dozier, Sr., 5-11, 180; FS/WR Ma’ne Manaea, Sr., 5-11, 185; RB Levonte Littlejohn, Sr., 5-11, 195; OT/NT Zaheer Webb, Sr., 6-3, 310; LB/RB Dre Milton, Sr., 5-10, 220; WR/LB J.J. Njokwu, Sr., 5-10, 190; WR Sammie Long, Jr., 6-4, 190; WR/CB Marquin Russell, Jr., 6-0, 175; RB/LB Kevin Thompson, Jr., 5-7, 180; QB David Wood, Sr., 6-3, 225; WR Quinton Parker, Sr. 6-1, 175; OG/LB Chris Harman, Sr., 6-1, 210; DE David Johnson, Sr., 6-1, 210; DE/OT Winslow Kouassi, Sr., 6-2, 215; OT Neru Hibbler, Jr., 6-2, 245; LB/FB Charles Hall Jr., Sr., 5-10, 195.
Outlook: Lakes is loaded for another possible deep postseason run. The Lancers welcome back nine starters on offense and another nine on defense. Dozier enters his third season as the starting quarterback, but Miller plans on using him as receiver occasionally, expanding Lakes’ arsenal of offensive weapons. Wood has a strong arm and with a stable of fleet receivers Lakes could pick up yardage in hurry. Freshman DE Benning Potoa’e, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound younger brother of Washington defensive tackle Sione Potoa’e, is expected to make an impact on defense.

PENINSULA SEAHAWKS
Head coach:
Ross Filkins, 17th season
Top players: RB/LB Danny Welstad, Sr., 6-4, 220; OL/DL Kyle Morgan, Sr., 6-0, 245; OL/DL Johnny Andrews, Sr., 6-1,280; RB Jake Peterson, Sr., 5-7, 160; OL/DL Joey Queenin, Sr., 5-11, 240; WR/LB Luke Plummer, Sr., 6-4, 210; TE/LB Kyle Self, Jr., 6-3, 215; WR/DB Alex Weymiller, Jr., 5-10, 165; OL/DL Robert Gallucci, Jr., 6-3, 235.
Outlook: A rash of injuries last fall – more starters missed games in 2010 than the previous four seasons combined – allowed many underclassmen to gain varsity experience – Peninsula has eight offensive and eight defensive starters back. That could pay dividends this season as Filkins believes his team has significant depth and talent. He said the team is particular strong in the trenches. Self was a first-team all-league pick at tight end. Austin Filkins, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior and son of the head coach, takes over at quarterback.

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