No. 9 La Salle (Union Gap) Lightning: 2019 Washington high school 1A football preview

By WILL HOLLAND

La Salle (Union Gap) is ranked No. 9 in Scorebook Live Washington’s preseason 1A football Top 10. Here’s an inside look at the 2019 Lightning.

Links: La Salle team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

8-2 overall record, 5-1 in South Central 1A – West League; lost to Newport in first round, 28-14.

COACHING RESUME

Head coach: Cody Lamb, seventh season.

Overall record: 42-19

Coordinators: Cody Lamb (OC); Cody Lamb (DC).

Base schemes: Spread offense, 4-2-5 defense

RETURNING 

Offense – 7. Defense – 7.

TOP RETURNERS

QB Kieran Kershaw, 6-2, 175, Sr.

WR/DE Ryan Kershaw, 6-2, 215, Jr.

OL Methodius Gerstenberger, 6-0, 250, Jr.

LB Nick Jacoby, 6-1, 175, Sr.

LB Axcel Valladares, 6-1, 210, Sr.

THREE TO SEE

QB Kieran Kershaw, 6-2, 175, Sr.

The reigning SCAC Offensive Player of the Year returns. In 2018, Kershaw completed 65-percent of his passes, accounted for over 2,000 yards of total offense and 35 touchdowns. Has received interest from Brown, Harvard, and Oregon State, among others.

WR/DE Ryan Kershaw, 6-2, 215, Jr.

Another Kershaw will be a mainstay for both the offense and defense this fall. SCAC first team all-league DE and WR, USA Today All-Washington second Team. 

OL Methodius Gerstenberger, 6-0, 250, Jr.

Gerstenberger will add some much-needed size to the offensive line. Last year, he was an all-league first team selection, adding another piece of hardware to a roster full of stars. 

OUTLOOK

La Salle finished second in the SCAC last year behind league powerhouse Zillah. Despite not winning the conference, the Lightning went 8-2 overall with losses to none other than Zillah and state-title runner up Newport. A tough league combined with a less than favorable playoff draw shortened the season for a team that could very well have played 13 games. This year, expect an electric offense behind the state’s best 1A arm and high-level skill position players, as well as a defense that only allowed 75 points all of last season.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept. 6, 7 p.m.: at East Valley (Yakima)

Sept. 13, 7p.m.: Selah

Sept. 20, 7 p.m.: at Goldendale

Sept. 27, 7 p.m.: Highland

Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: at Granger

Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: North Mason

Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: Zillah

Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: at Cle Elum-Roslyn

Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: Naches Valley

*home games in bold

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