The long-awaited high school football “fall” season springs into action tonight.
The coronavirus pandemic has left Oregon without any high school sports since last March, and no one’s more ready to get back to competition than the athletes themselves.
“Not one senior in our program chose to leave or chose to not play,” Sunset football coach Damien Merrick said. “That is a testament to their commitment to one another and to our program. They truly care for one another and want their brothers to succeed.”
The Oregonian/OregonLive started its “fall” season preview by highlighting cross country athletes. Next came girls soccer players, followed by boys soccer players and then volleyball players.
Yesterday we put the spotlight on Class 5A football players singled out by their coaches, and today we’ll point out football players in Class 6A who stand out to coaches not only for their skills on the field, but for their work ethic, attitude, leadership and perseverance during a trying past year. We’ll keep adding players as we hear back from coaches.
From coach Chris Koenig:
Carson Jensen, senior D-line, returning all-conference
Carter Baggs, senior WR/DB, returning all-conference
Jackson Kane, senior TE/LB
Abi Hoffman, senior K, returning all-conference
Cyle Calcagno, senior QB
Matt Jefferis, senior OL/DL
From coach Steve Pyne:
Ryan Dirksen – OL/DL
Jack Bennison – TE/LB
Jalen Ridgeway – TE/DE
Jack Brown – OLB
Myles Broadous – WR/DB
Will Koenig – WR/DB
Jacob Smith – DL (signed with Presentation College in South Dakota)
Jordan King – WR/DB
Emar’rion Winston – TE/OLB
Myale Jones – OL/DL
Stryder Todd-Fields – WR/DB
Zach Grisham – RB/DB
Ellis Bynum – RB/DB
Gavin Jackson – RB/OLB
Riley Williams – TE/OLB
Joe Merlino – OL/DL
From coach Danny Kernan:
Brody Reese — Senior C/DL — Brody is committed to play football at the University of Washington. He has been a three-sport athlete and hasn’t missed a workout throughout his career. He is not only looking to improve his game but his teammates as well.
Tau Tofaeono — Senior G/MLB — Tau is committed to play football next year at Linfield University. He has been one of our leaders since his freshman year and is always looking for ways to improve.
From coach James Holan:
Miles Williams, junior WR
Kaden Ludwick, junior OL/WR
Nick Kennewell, senior WR
Logan Chastain, junior DL
KJ Gibson, junior DB/WR
From coach Bill Smith:
The season is going well. We have limited numbers but the enthusiasm and commitment is high with the athletes we do have. We have a very experienced staff filled with seasoned coaches (Neil Lomax, Matt Loun, Joshua Branch, Brian Allmer) and excellent new coaches (Ethan Le, Brennan and Tristan Howell, Trevor Sundquist). We are having a great time and are really looking forward to playing this Saturday! All of these are seniors:
Logan Geiszler will be our QB. He is a very athletic young man, great work ethic, smart. We are excited to see him play this year.
Nathan Asher is a senior and an excellent kicker.
Patrick Brown is a RB and a LB for us who is also a proven wrestler on the CHS wrestling team.
Aydin Crouch is 6′5″ 215-pound lineman who will shine on both sides of the ball.
Parker Gilhuly is a new addition to the football team and doing very well.
Jayden Gumm will play both running back and linebacker and is also a team leader with his excellent work ethic.
Spencer Hart is a receiver and a defensive back and is learning our new system and doing a great job on both sides of the ball.
Alex Nguyen is both a running back and a linebacker. I have been very impressed with how hard he plays.
Samiu Ofa is a very strong lineman who will play both O and D line. He will be a force to be reckoned with.
Adam Stevens is another large body (6′3″ and 210 pounds) and will play offensive line and linebacker. He is really a solid player.
Abdallan Sheeh has been a great addition at RB and DB. He is quick and solid on both sides of the ball.
Naomi Bernert has impressed the coaching staff with her excellent work ethic.
From coach Cal Szueber:
At David Douglas, we have a few standout players who have persevered. One is a senior, Micah Cashdollar, who is a returning offensive and defensive line starter for us. His work ethic has been great and he has been the leader of the line for us. He is mentoring younger linemen, as we only have two senior linemen out this spring.
Another is senior James Hamann. He does just about everything: quarterback, safety, kicker, punter. He has been an incredible leader this year for us. Both of these young men have lead a young team to work hard in these tough times, not knowing if they will even put on pads this year, but showing up to each practice! Neither is signed, although both could easily play for a small college somewhere.
We did lose our best athlete, Omar Muse, who transferred to Arizona last fall and played football there. He was a starting WR and DB and one of the better athletes in the area. We are pretty young this year, but are excited with the attitudes and work ethic.
From coach Jesse Thompson:
Isiah Rickard, senior WR/DB
Hernando Magallanes, senior WR/DB
Mipam Jampa, junior DE/OT
Diego Galvez, sophomore LB/FB
Joel Beltran, sophomore RB/SS
Zander Garner, junior QB (first year varsity)
From coach John Beck:
Luke Borchardt — senior WR – 6′5″ – 190 — First-team all-league. Signed a scholarship to the University of Idaho
Brennick Beck — LB – 5′11 – 220 — Unanimous first-team all-league and honorable mention All-State led our team in tackles. Signed a scholarship to Western Oregon University. Head coach’s son.
Timon Davis — senior CB – 6′ – 165 — Injured in Week 3 last year. Ran 4.41 lazer timed at the National Showcase in Eugene a few months ago. Signed a scholarship with Western Oregon University.
Jamison Price — senior LB – 6′1 205 — Unanimous first-team all-league. Super athletic! Plays multiple offensive positions.
Ajani Jones — senior OT – 6′3″ 315 — first-team all-league. Highly rated.
Alex Grey — senior DB – 6′ – 175 — first-team all-league. Had nine interceptions last year.
Jackson Montfort — senior S – 6′1″ – 185 — all-league.
Henry Cansler — senior OC – 6′ 210 — first-team all-league.
Max von Arx — junior WR/OLB – 6′4″ 205 — first-team all-league utility and punter. Started as a freshman on varsity basketball.
Jae’Sean Pete — junior DB/RB – 6′ – 185 — all-League. Scored nine TDs last year.
Donald ‘Chili’ Stephens — sophomore RB/LB – 6′ 210 — rated top offensive player in sophomore class. (Red Zone Preps)
Jayden Moses — sophomore LB/TE/RB – 6′ 215 — rated the top defensive player in sophomore class. (Red Zone Preps)
From coach John Musser:
Top offensive players returning:
Devik Chiang — WR 6′2″ 191 lb SR — Second-team All-SWC last season. Fast and athletic WR. Had 555 yards receiving on 35 receptions with seven TDs last season. Is big target to be a great possession receiver and fast enough to take the top off the defense.
Kai Perez — OL 6′3″ 255 lb SR — First-team All-SWC OT last year. Tenacious, aggressive lineman. Team leader and sets the tone for us on both lines. Has put on 20 pounds since last year and is quicker. Has committed to play football at Southern Oregon next season.
Spencer Sloan — RB 5′11″ 172 lb SR — Second-team All-SWC RB last season. Great balance and runs hard downhill. Has speed to outrun opponents, but also strength to run over. Had over 400 yards as the No. 2 tailback last season, scored six TDs and averaged over 6 yards per carry.
Top defensive players returning:
Dante Haven — LB 6′ 190 lb SR — First-team All-SWC LB last year. Will play more OLB this season than his usual ILB position. Had 68 tackles last season. Very fast and athletic player who tackles well in space and can cover slot receivers and tight ends. Has committed to Western Oregon to play football next year.
Kai Perez — DE 6′3″ 255 lb SR — Started at DE last season. Led the team in sacks last year with six. Relentless and physical player on the edge of our defense. Has committed to play football at Southern Oregon next season.
Jett Hood — Free Safety 5-11 164 SR — Second-team All-SWC last season. Led the team in tackles last season with 77 despite missing time due to a shoulder injury. A fierce hitter and competitor. Uses his “centerfield” skill from baseball to be a rangy and instinctual defensive back. Will make many of the checks and calls for our defense from the back row.
Top special teams players returning:
Miles Anderson — Placekicker 6′ 185 lb — Accurate kicker who is good from 30-plus yards. Has great control of kickoffs, making our kickoff team a deadly weapon.
Spencer Sloan — Returner 5′11″ 172 lb — Explosive kickoff returner. Had a number of long kickoff returns last year, including a 100-yard TD versus Lake Oswego in the first round of the playoffs.
From coach Mike Melton:
Ethan Evans — senior TE/DE — Team captain, great leader, 4.0 GPA. Heavily recruited D3, has yet to make a decision.
Ethan Hemstead — senior WR/RB/DB — Team captain, great leader. Mom recently diagnosed with cancer but is beating it. Broke his collarbone early in the season last year, so this year means even more to him.
Zach Kaufman — junior QB — Quiet demeanor, even-keeled, started some games for us last year as a sophomore.
Gage Cota — SR OL/DL — He’s the motor for us, always goes hard.
Colton Gaffney — sophomore OL/DL — Started as freshman for varsity, 4.0 GPA, is going to be very good.
Tyler Hockert — junior OL/DL — Very athletic lineman, leads by example.
From coach Spencer Phillips:
Luke Basso — 6-2, 225-pound senior OL/LB — Committed to University of Oregon. ASB president, team captain, the whole 9 yards. Five-star-rated athlete by Rivals. He is a better person than he is a player.
Andrew Oliver — 6-0, 210-pound senior QB/DB — Committed to Citadel University. Quarterback, running back, safety, he plays everything for us. Team captain and an unbelievable leader and person.
Bryce Caufield — 6-5, 230-pound senior TE/LB — Committed to Oregon State University. Bryce will play TE for us. Reminds me of Zach Ertz.
Barrett Bevacqua — 6-1, 265-pound senior OL/DL — Committed to Colorado Mesa University. Can play any position on the offensive line. Team Leader. Amazing chef!
Michael Stupfel — 6-5, 250-pound senior OL/DL — Will play both offensive and defensive line for us. Tremendous leader!
Alex King — 6-2, 220-pound senior OL/DL — Alex is one of the hardest-working kids I know. His commitment to football and his teammates during this trying year has made him earn a lot of respect from me. I am excited to watch him play.
Calvin Heimbegnar — 6-0, 190-pound senior WR/DB — Committed to Wheaton University. Transfer from Lake Oswego. Team captain. Hardest worker on our team.
Zach Larson — 5-10, 165-pound junior DB — Starting Corner for us that I believe will be one of the best defenders in the state.
Jake Reichle — 6-2, 185-pound junior RB/DB — Both of Jake’s brothers are Pac-12 basketball players (Zach for Oregon State, Gabe for Oregon). I believe Jake can potentially be a Pac-12 football player down the road. Insanely athletic and has the heart of a champion.
Zac Waible — 6-2, 205-pound junior RB/LB — Started all games last year as a sophomore. Has developed into a team leader. He will be our starting middle linebacker.
Baylor Corbin — 6-2, 175-pound sophomore WR/DB — Very skilled and athletic player. I am expecting a breakout season from him.
Ethan Biondine — 5-10, 200-pound freshman LB — Ethan is the toughest 15-year-old I have ever met. He plays with an energy that is unmatched for his age. He is going to be a great player in this league for years to come.
Joey Olsen — 6-5, 200-pound freshman TE — Joey has unbelievable work ethic and will also be a great player in this league for years to come.
From coach John Mannion:
We are happy to be having a season and look forward to the team being able to get some football in. As this is the fourth year that Mountainside has been open, our senior class is the first four-year class, and I have had the privilege of coaching them for all four years.
EJ Broussard — senior LB/RB — Returning all-league
Andrew Simpson — senior DB/WR — Returning all-league, committed to Western Oregon
Justin Hughes — senior DB/WR/QB — three-year captain
Landon Sherman — senior LB/OL — Returning all-league, committed to Puget Sound
Breyton Whitehead — senior LB/TE
Carson Willner — senior DB/RB
Parker Groth — senior LB/WR
Tyler Dahlback — senior P/K — Returning all-state and all-league
Ty Adewumi — senior DL/RB — team captain
Manny Ruiz — senior LB/OL
Brian Mannion — senior QB
From coach Brian Crum:
Luke Roberts — senior RB/LB; 6′3/210 — Luke is one that only comes around once every 15-20 years. Those that have coached long enough know what I am talking about. He is a legacy at Mountain View. His grandfather taught here. His father went to school here. Luke wears #44, the only number retired here in our program, because it belonged to his uncle who died in a military flight accident after high school. Luke is an unbelievable football player and three-sport athlete (lacrosse and basketball). He will be our starting ILB and tailback and I expect amazing things. He was also the BOSS Sports Performance athlete of the year for the hard work he put in this offseason. Luke is our student body president and sports a 4.0-plus GPA. He is involved in about everything there is at this school. He really is Mr. Mountain View. Most importantly, he is a leader and OUR leader.
From coach Steve Turner:
Returning starters on offense:
Devin Bradd — Running back had 1,500-plus yards last year and 25 rushing TDs.
Chance Costanzo — Receiver made 27 catches last year.
Nolan Morris — Receiver averaged 31 yards per catch last year on 11 receptions.
Jayden Sandusky — Fullback.
Theron Gail — Second-team all-conference center.
Defensive starters returning:
Jayden Sandusky — Three-year starter, first-team all-conference defensive lineman led team last year with nine sacks.
Nathen Prince — Second-team all-conference defensive lineman.
Levi Griffin — Defensive lineman.
Tanner Gaorian — Second-team all-conference linebacker, team’s leading tackler.
Chance Coastanzo — Defensive back.
Luke Pugliano — First-team all-conference linebacker, three-year starter.
Nolan Morris — First-team all-conference defensive back with six interceptions.
Devin Blankenship — Linebacker.
Guys to watch out for:
Colby Neron — Quarterback.
Bryce Dyer — Receiver.
Brandon Dominguez — Defensive line.
From coach Dustin Janz:
Trey Martin — 6-2, 185-pound senior QB — Signed with Southern Oregon. Trey has become a tremendous leader over this very long offseason. He has been instrumental to keeping a large group of our team organized along with fellow senior Brayden Thomas and others. He has helped host player-led meetings, workouts, practices, etc., all following COVID guidelines. We expect Trey to elevate himself as one of the state’s best QBs for the upcoming season. He is also a tremendous student, carrying a 3.2 GPA.
Brayden Thomas — 6-0, 170-pound senior WR/DB — Signed with George Fox. Brayden has worked tirelessly to develop a player-led leadership group that has made a huge difference in the overall culture of our program. As a freshman Brayden was undersized and questioned whether or not he would continue to play football. He has stepped up so big for us over the years, and we are so excited for his success on and off the field. He is going to be a huge part of our program’s overall success both now and in the future. He is also a standout in the classroom, carrying a 3.9 GPA.
Jahleel Heath — 6-3, 215-pound senior WR/LB — Multiple offers, has not signed yet. Jahleel has become a tremendous player and young man over the past four years. He continues to lead on and off the field. He has worked tirelessly to develop his skills through this very long and difficult offseason. We expect him to be one of Oregon’s best overall talents in the upcoming season. He has shown leadership in our school by being a part of a group of students who have started our Minority Student Union as well as being a part of our interview committee as a student liaison for our recent principal hiring. He also carries a 3.1 GPA and will be signing to play college football in the very near future. He has current offers from several schools, including Western Oregon and Southern Oregon.
Christian Ferreyra — 5-11, 165-pound senior Kicker/Athlete — Christian is one of the best kickers I have had the opportunity to coach. He has a natural ability, and the ball explodes off his foot. As a junior he kicked over 90% of his kickoffs into the end zone and was 5 for 6 on FGs with a long of 48 yards. He can make FGs over 50 at practice but hasn’t had the chance to do so in a game yet. We believe that he has the talent to gain some recognition and have an opportunity after high school. He also has such fantastic athletic ability that we are looking for him to help us out on offense and defense this season. In addition to his excellence on the field, he carries a 3.2 GPA.
Zac Woods — 5-11, 180-pound senior LB — Zac is an amazing LB that always seems to be around the ball. As a junior he led the TRL in total tackles in Week 9 going into the playoffs. We think that he could become a premier LB in his senior campaign. He was also very involved with Trey and Brayden in creating our player-led leadership group this offseason. We are looking forward to watching him become the best version of himself on the field and off in the upcoming year.
Joey Shaw — 6-2, 180-pound junior WR/DB — Joey is a young man that is about to blossom and become a very recognizable name in the state of Oregon. He will compete to be considered one of our best WRs this coming season. He has great size, speed and the ability to go up and get the ball. We expect him to become a playmaker over the next two seasons, and he will be gaining lots of interest from college programs in the very near future. In addition to his athletic prowess, he is a fantastic leader by example. He works his tail off, and you can always count on him to give his best no matter what. He does this on the field and in the classroom, carrying a 3.6 GPA.
Cade Heitschmidt — 5-10, 165-pound junior WR/DB — Cade has flashed with tremendous talent and explosiveness. We believe that he may be the best overall athlete in our junior class. His speed combined with work ethic and practice intensity have led him to success early on. By the end of his sophomore season he was starting on the varsity football team. We believe that this coming season will be a breakout of sorts for him as he has had a long offseason to grow and get even better. The friendly competition between himself and Joey Shaw has elevated both players. In addition to his prowess on the football field, he carries a 3.8 GPA.
James Carter — 6-0, 165-pound junior RB/OLB — We believe that James Carter may be the next in a long line of great OC RBs. He was a standout as a sophomore on the JV team and was able to make some plays for the varsity team late in his sophomore year. He has grown, and we believe that he has what it takes to help us propel our running game to new heights in the upcoming season. We are proud of his hard work and look forward to seeing him develop. He also excels in the classroom, carrying a 3.4 GPA.
From coach Ryan McCants:
Nathan Horsey — senior, all-league OL/DL — Reliable, hard worker, puts the team first, college prospect with opportunities to play at Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Whittier, McPherson, Pacific & Puget Sound.
Siua Tauamoenga — senior OL/DL — Big man who moves like a skill player. Rugby skills translate well to football.
Sikini Etiki — junior OL/DL — Big, strong player who will be an anchor for us. When he hits people, they will feel it.
TJ Jackson — senior WR/DB — Lots of passion, team-first player, has a cannon for an arm. Competing for No. 2 QB as well.
Jackson Flatner — junior WR/DB — Basketball player, natural route running and hands, explosive athlete.
Alain Yao — junior TE/LB — Big, strong legs, plays with great pad level, moves excellently for his size.
Imarion Kelly — junior QB/WR/DB — Explosive athlete with a big arm, great burst, strong hands, great routes, projects as a high-level WR in college, growing really well into leadership role.
Lindell Betts — junior RB/DB — Straight-line fast with great quick twitch. Projects as a high-level skill player in college, great student — teachers and counselors love him.
DJ King — WR/DB — Good hands and speed. Athletic and will make the tough catch. Currently getting straight A’s.
From coach Josh Dill:
Ethan Lucore — junior 6′1″ 215lbs TE/LB — Voted team captain at the end of last season, Ethan has taken that opportunity and run with it. Tremendously hard worker that was voted by his teammates as the EARN IT recipient for the player that worked the hardest. Explosive and strong, was a second-team all-league offensive guard last year that will be making the switch to TE. Loves to play physical!
Nick Olsen — senior 5′11″ 270lb Center/DT — Leader of the line. Team captain who has done a great job during the lockdown in increasing his speed and strength. Will be playing college football next fall, still undecided where. Tough, consistent and smart. Will be a physical presence on both sides of the field.
Ben Gergen — senior 6′5″ 310lbs Defensive Tackle — Ben has worked very hard this offseason and is looking to have a big senior season. He is very big and moves great for a man his size. Has worked on his conditioning and has a great burst. Will be a force and demand double teams.
Ashton Turin — junior 5′9 160lbs Corner and Slot — Quick, competitive and reliable. Ashton has put a lot of work in this offseason to put himself in a situation to have a tremendous junior year. Started for us as a sophomore at corner and will anchor the secondary this year.
Joey Wagner — junior 6′ 165lbs WR/Corner — Great ball skills and has worked very hard on his speed and strength this offseason. When the ball is in the air, he goes and gets it. Will be our top target on offense and will help us at free safety and corner on defense.
Hayden Thomas — sophomore TE/RB/LB: 6′1″ 195 lbs — Explosive, physical and strong. Hayden will jump onto the varsity team and be an impact player at multiple positions this year. Should be a college prospect as his size, strength and speed fit the bill. Expecting big things out of the sophomore.
Teague Clemmer — junior QB/DB: 5′11″ 160 lbs — Has put a lot of work in at QB and has great athleticism and knowledge of our offense. Great leader and makes plays with his arm and feet. Will help us on defense too, providing depth at corner and safety.
Tanner Brewster — senior QB/DE: 6′5″ 185lbs — Big, explosive and strong. Great arm, athleticism and is a physical presence on both sides of the ball. A threat on the edge, Tanner has great length and burst.
From coach Josh Line:
Shane Schwake — 6-8, 300-pound senior OL/DL — Schwake will be playing at Eastern Washington in the fall. We look for him to be a leader this year. He’s been really active in this down time we’ve had and pumped to play for the Irish one last time. Good feet, good speed. He’ll be an O-lineman in college.
Jay Kartub — 6-1, 180-pound senior K/P — He’s the best kicker I’ve ever coached and has a full scholarship to Air Force. All-State kid as a sophomore and had an even greater junior season. Primarily a kicker, kickoff guy, but he’s punting the crap out of the ball now.
Carter Neuman — 6-4, 250-pound senior OL/DL — He was committed to Air Force but chose a preferred-walk-on position at Oregon State and is looking to be a tight end at Oregon State. Really excited for him and his future, as much as I don’t like rooting for the Beavers.
Larson Helikson — 6-0, 180-pound senior QB — He’s competing with sophomore Brock Thomas for the starting job. It’s a year where with everything going on, we feel good about both kids. Nothing wrong with them competing. Both are two-way players who also play DB, and whichever isn’t playing quarterback will probably play receiver.
Hayden Bass — 6-5, 300-pound senior OL/DL — Bass is a diamond in the rough who didn’t play a lot last year. He’s 6-5, 300-plus pounds but looks like he’s 225. We look to him to be one of our better players at guard and defensive tackle with Shane. He’s worked hard to get himself ready and has signed to play for Eastern Oregon.
Tilman Ritchie-Tuisue — 6-3, 285-pound junior OL/DL — This guy exploded in the offseason. Sometimes after an offseason we say a guy looks like he’s been out working in the fields. That’s Tilman. He came back looking like a different person. He’s a guy that can play at the next level.
From coach Kevin Bickler:
There will be a two-way battle for the starting job at quarterback between senior Yusuf Farah and JC Klee. After graduating two-year starter Darik Salinas, big shoes to fill. Both have their strengths, and it will be fun to see them compete for the starting job. They have both worked extremely hard in the offseason and are great teammates.
Eric Brown — senior TE/DE 6′2′ 250lbs — Two-year starter for us, hard worker and dedicated, honorable mention all-league, great hands, physical and team-first mentality. Has the potential to play college football and should have a great senior year.
Ryan Hopkins — senior OL/DE 6′4″ 200lbs — Great kid, hard worker, suffered an injury that kept him out part of the season last year, should be a force on both sides of the ball for us this year.
Robert Marquez — senior RB/DB 5′7″ 140lbs — Has worked extremely hard in the offseason, backed up second-team all-league Romel Moreland last year and is ready to take over the reins and is expected to play a big part in our offense this year.
Trevin Mitchell — senior WR/DB 5′8″ 160lbs — Very fast and extremely athletic, did not play his junior year and is back as a senior focused and ready to dominate and do whatever he can to help the team. Is a burner on offense and can cover with anyone on defense.
Kaleb Moxley — senior RB/LB 6′0″ 195lbs — Just a flat-out stud football player, has a motor and never wants to come out of the game. Will be a top player on the team this year and great leader. Dominant on both sides of the ball.
Kyle Moxley — senior OL/DE 6′0″ 220lbs — Had a season-ending injury at the beginning of the 2019 season and has worked extremely hard to get in the best shape of his life. He’s as dominant a defensive player as anyone in this league and should have a huge season.
Elijah Seamster — senior OL/LB 6′0″ 200lbs — two-year starter, hard worker, shows up and competes every day, consistent and dominant on both sides of the ball.
Nathan Aviles — junior WR/DB 5′9″ 160lbs — started last year as a sophomore, extremely athletic and as competitive as it gets, lockdown defender and great hands.
Danny Battilega — junior OL/DL 5′10″ 315lbs — projected starter at center, a force in the middle and anchor of the line, dominant blocker and hard worker.
Omar Carranza — junior TE/DB 6′2 185lbs — big frame, smart and athletic, starter as a sophomore at safety, has great football IQ and flies to the football.
From coach Jay Minyard:
Bryson Kievit — 6′4 275 SR. OL/DL — Bryson is a team leader and a three-year starter for us. He hasn’t decided where he will play in the fall but will definitely be playing in college. He is explosive, has a great motor and will certainly be a standout player in our region during this shortened season.
Brett Hassoun — 6′3 240 SR. OL/DL — Brett is also a three-year starter for us and will have an impact on both sides of the ball. Brett is an outstanding leader both on and off the field, and provides a great energy at practice and in games. He will also be a standout player in our region this season.
Ethan Bullock — 5′10 185 SR. RB/LB — Ethan is a returning starter at tailback and was having an outstanding season last year before blowing his knee out in Week 5. He is fully recovered, looks very strong and is expected to have a great senior year toting the rock.
Carson VanKempen — 6′ 175 SR. WR/FS — Carson has been a varsity player for three years and has provided great leadership during this offseason. He was an all-league receiver last year and is one of the best overall athletes in our region. He should have a great senior year on both sides of the ball.
Drew Rodriguez — 6′1 190 Soph. WR/DB — Drew started for us as a freshman last year on defense and will start both ways as a sophomore. He is one of the most explosive athletes that Sprague has had in years, and has put in a ton of time and effort in the offseason to continue to improve his skills. He will also be returning kicks as part of his duties. Drew could end up being one of the best athletes this school and conference has seen.
Riley Davis — 5′9 165 Soph. RB/OLB — Riley is a sophomore who will see ample playing time on both sides of the ball. His explosiveness and athletic ability make him very dangerous when he’s carrying the ball. He is a great change-of-pace back and could end up being one of the more impressive running backs in the region this year. As a linebacker, Riley’s skill set as an All-American wrestler make him an intense tackler with a great nose for the ball.
From coach Damien Merrick:
Every name that I will provide here has persevered through a lot. As have all high school seniors. I couldn’t be more proud of the way they have carried themselves through all of this. All have been nothing but positive, have provided great leadership and have stayed together and stayed the course.
Connor Stevens. SR. TE/LB
Kyle Jaekel. SR. QB/DB
Nic Janati. SR. WR/DB
Nick Molitor. SR. WR/DB
Tom McMillan. SR. TE/LB
Liam Brown. SR. OL/DL
Kanen Rossi. SR. OL/DL
Mac Robbins. SR. OL/DL
Connor Davies. SR. OL/DL
Nathan Lovings. SR. OL/DL
Lucas Paris. SR. OL/LB
From coach Dan Lever:
Curt Strahm — senior DL 6′2 265 — A returning all-league defensive lineman, Curt will be a force on the interior defensive line.
Peter Burke — junior WR 6′4 185 — Peter will make many critical plays for us this season. Will be a big red-zone target for us!
Jake Alton — senior WR/DB 5′10 — Jake’s speed and savvy will help us on both sides of the football.
Lucas Edwards — junior OL/DL 6′5 265 — Has the potential to be one of the best linemen in the state.
Nico Webb — junior DL/OL 5′11 270 — Returning all-league offensive lineman. Look for him to be a factor in the trenches on both sides of the ball.
Max Clanton — junior TE/LB 6′2 195 — Will be a force for us both sides of the football.
Griffin Biggs — junior Athlete 5′11 190 — Will make plays somewhere for the Wolves. Hold your breath when he has the ball. Lightning-in-a-phone-booth type.
Jake Wagner — sophomore QB/Athlete 6′3 180 — Has the skill set to play any skill position. Will use his athletic ability if he does not start at QB.
Jackson Jones — junior QB 6-0 180 — Gunslinger QB with the ability to make big-time throws.
From coach Ryan Atkinson:
All of these kids show perseverance, resilience and great leadership:
Gabe Foster — senior DB/WR
Riley Keppel — senior LB
Rylen Hermo — senior OL/DL
Brayden Libby — senior QB
James Crane — senior DB