The Kalama Chinooks are ranked No. 2 in Scorebook Live Washington’s preseason 2B football Top 10. Here’s an inside look at the 2019 Chinooks.
2018 IN REVIEW
12-2 in 2B Pacific River (first place); beat Napavine for 2B title
Sean McDonald, fifth season
Overall record: 42-8
Offense – 7. Defense – 7.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Jackson Esary, 6-2, 190, so.
RB Eli Haynes, 5-10, 190, sr.
OL Sutton Moon, 5-11, 215, sr.
RB Brady O’Neil, 5-11, 200, so.
WR Brennon Vance, 6-0, 175, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Nate Anderson, 6-1, 170, jr.
DB Eli Haynes, 5-10, 190, sr.
LB Sutton Moon, 5-11, 215, sr.
LB Brady Spiess, 6-2, 200, sr.
DB Brennon Vance, 6-0, 175, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Jackson Esary, quarterback
Has a lot to learn, but size (6-2) and athleticism are intriguing
Sutton Moon, linebacker
Elite defender is also Chinooks’ center — and state wrestling champion
Brennan Vance, wide receiver
All-state pass catcher is constant big-hitting play waiting to happen
The obvious question for the two-time defending 2B state champions is how they replace reigning 2B state player of the year Alex Dyer, who posted back-to-back passing seasons of 3,100 yards and nearly 50 touchdowns.
Jackson Esary, a slot receiver last season, wasn’t the first choice- – but is the guy now. The good thing for the first-year starter is that coach McDonald’s schemes are passer-friendly, even if that means Kalama will have to rein in its deep-throwing tendency.
Of course, Brennan Vance’s ball-hawking versatility should be a young quarterback’s best friend, and the Chinooks have both top backfield rushing options (Brady O’Neil, Eli Haynes) back.
In short, Kalama is certainly a threat to become the first school to win three consecutive 2B titles since DeSales (1997-99).
Sept 6: Woodland, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Napavine, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Adna, 7 p.m.
Sept 27: at La Center, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Winlock, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Toledo, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Mossyrock, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Wahkiakum, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Toutle Lake, 7 p.m.