College Place Hawks: 2019 Washington high school 1A football preview

By WILL HOLLAND

Here’s an inside look at the 1A College Place Hawks.

Links: College Place team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

5-5 overall record, 2-5 in 1A SCAC – East League

COACHING RESUME

HC: Donald Ponds

9-20 record (3rd season as head coach)

Coordinators: Donald Ponds (OC); Tim Hutchison (DC).

Base schemes: Air Raid offense, 4-2-5 defense

RETURNING 

Offense – 8. Defense – 6.

TOP RETURNERS

OL/LB Joel Brown, 6-0, 235, Jr.

WR/DB Tanner Schriendl, 5-9, 170, Sr.

OL/DL Alex Smith, 5-11, 255, Jr.

QB Brian Jerald, 5-10, 190, Sr.

LB Nick Rooney, 5-7, 195, Sr.

THREE TO SEE

OL/LB Joel Brown, 6-0, 235, Jr.

A reigning second team all-league selection on both sides of the ball, Brown possesses a unique combination of size and footwork. Last year as a sophomore, Brown made 83 tackles with 5 sacks, and started on the offensive line. 

WR/DB Tanner Schriendl, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Schriendl replaces an all-league first team selection in Braeden Schwarz this year at receiver, and has a knack for getting to the ball on both sides of the field. On offense last year, Schriendl had 29 receptions for over 300 yards and 5 touchdowns. Defensively, he received second team all-league honors as a DB, bringing down 3 picks. 

QB Brian Jerald, 5-10, 190, Sr.

As an honorable mention all-league player last year, Jerald steps into his senior season with some experienced targets. He’s had time to learn the system, and should have his biggest year yet in 2019. 

OUTLOOK

Coming into only its 4th year of varsity athletic competition, College Place is making strides on the gridiron. Coach Donald Ponds leads a team that was forced to start a lot of freshmen in the school’s first year, all of whom will now be seniors. The players have been able to see the rise of College Place football, becoming pioneers for a program that hopes to continue its journey towards becoming a prominent 1A team. However, their SCAC – East League is a tough one, which includes two projected top-10 teams in the state next year in Royal and Connell. They finished 5th last year, with lots of bigtime schools ahead of them. Coach Ponds says the boys are going “to be strong offensively and even stronger defensively,” but they’ll certainly have their hands full this season. 

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept. 6, 7 p.m.: at Highland

Sept. 13, 7 p.m.: at Cle-Elum Roslyn

Sept. 20, 7 p.m.: Connell

Sept. 27, 7 p.m.: at Kiona-Benton

Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: Riverview

Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: Warden

Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: at Wahluke

Oct. 25, 6 p.m.: Cashmere

Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: at Royal

*home games in bold

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