Led by Elijah Hatfield, St. Paul might have the best defense in Division 5. Here’s an inside look at the 2019 Swordsmen.
2018 IN REVIEW
11-2 (4-0, 1st place in Del Rey league), lost 20-7 to Lawndale in Division 5 semifinals
Rick Zepeda is entering his seventh season as St. Paul’s head coach.
Trenell Ridgley RB, CB Sr. 5-9 160
Justin Jackson TE Sr. 6-3 205
Jonathan Fuamatu MLB, FB Sr.
Marion Miller Jr T, DT So. 6-7 310
Rolando Espinoza Jr. LB 6-1 210
Nehemiah Tualaulelei-Malele OLB, DE Sr. 6-1 208
Elijah Hatfield DT Sr. 6-2 247
Elijah Gallegos NG, DT Sr. 6-2 260
Miles Mena K, P Sr. 5-11 160
THREE TO SEE
Trenell Ridgley RB
Rushed for 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.
Jonathan Fuamatu MLB
Had over 100 tackles last season.
Elijah Hatfield DT
Recorded seven sacks as a junior.
St. Paul might have the best defense in Division 5. The secondary is young, but there is tremendous talent up front, starting with Elijah Hatfield.
Trenell Ridgley will help with the quarterback turnover as a reliable option at running back. Their offensive line is loaded too, and they have a special teams threat in senior kicker Miles Mena who booted a 48-yard field goal last season.
The biggest question mark for the Swordsmen is under center. If the quarterback play is solid, watch out. If not, the defense is still good enough to keep things interesting.