St. Paul Swordsmen: 2019 Division 5 Southern Section high school football preview

Led by Elijah Hatfield, St. Paul might have the best defense in Division 5. Here’s an inside look at the 2019 Swordsmen.

Links: St. Paul team page | 2019 schedule | Roster


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


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.

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