No. 10 Clarkston Bantams: 2019 Washington high school 2A football preview

2018 IN REVIEW

6-4 in 2A Great Northern League (third place)

COACHING RESUME

Brycen Bye, fifth season

27-14 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 7. Defense – 7.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

WR Tru Allen, 6-0, 165, sr.

TE Austin Armstrong, 6-0, 200, sr.

WR/PK Steve Baiye, 6-0, 170, sr.

QB Kaeden Frazier, 6-2, 210, sr.

RB Will Sliger, 5-11, 190, sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DB Tru Allen, 6-0, 165, sr.

LB Kyden Bailey, 6-0, 215, sr.

DB Eddie Berguland, 5-10, 165, jr.

LB/DB Alessandro Italia, 6-3, 195, sr.

DL Will Sliger, 5-11, 190, sr.

THREE TO SEE

Tru Allen, all-purpose

Can do things athletically on the perimeter others only dream of

Steve Baiye, wide receiver

In close game, he is dangerous with hands and leg (all-GNL kicker)

Kaeden Frazier, quarterback

In third year as starter, he has mastered no-huddle spread attack

OUTLOOK

The Bantams have missed the playoffs the past two seasons. That should change in 2019.

Loaded with two- and three-year starters, especially in the skill position on offense, Clarkston should have no problem moving the football under Bye, a former running back at the University of Puget Sound.

Frazier had a big last half of his junior season (2,200 passing yards, 18 TDs), and has his top three receiving options returning in Allen (800 yards, seven TDs; top basketball recruit at point guard), Baiye (nearly 500 receiving yards) and Armstrong (team-leading eight TDs).

If the defense holds up its end, Clarkston appears to be the top contender to West Valley’s throne, though the two teams match up this season in Spokane.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: at Moscow (ID), 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: Grangeville (ID), 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: at Lewiston (ID), 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: at Orofino (ID), 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: at West Valley of Spokane, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11: Pullman, 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 25: East Valley of Spokane, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: Columbia River, 7 p.m.

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