R.A. Long Lumberjacks: 2019 Washington high school 2A football preview

Here’s an inside look at the 2A R.A. Long Lumberjacks.

Links: R.A. Long team page | 2019 schedule |Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

0-9 overall, 0-6 in 2A Greater St. Helens League (seventh place)

COACHING RESUME

Dave McDaniel, second season

0-9 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 0. Defense – 0.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

RB Jacob Johnson-Valencia 5-11, 200, Sr.

QB Julian Sheldon  5-9, 150, Soph.

WR Gage Kotera 6-0 160, Jr.

WR Mitch Berquest 5-11, 170, Sr.

OL Alberto Balbuena 5-11, 220, Sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DB Rene Alvarez 5-8, 160, Sr.

DE Nate Castle 5-11, 170, Jr.

LB Jorge Aguilar 5-9, 150, Soph.

LB Hamson Eram 5-10, 200, Jr.

DB Illyas Mehrer 5-10, 150, Soph.

THREE TO SEE

Gage Kotera, wide receiver

Missed most of last season with a broken collarbone, but returns as the Lumberjacks’ top target. 

Jacob Johnson-Valencia, running back 

Fast and in the words of coach Dave McDaniels, is “built for contact.” Missed most of last season with ankle issues.

Hamson Eram, linebacker

Moved to Longview late last season and stood out on JV. This season, he’s the team’s top linebacker.

OUTLOOK

R.A. Long’s season will be defined by youth.

Second-year coach Dave McDaniel helms a team that returns no starters, and will look to its talented young corps of freshmen and sophomores to gain valuable experience, particularly a driven group of sophomores who have set the tone in the weight room.

The Lumberjacks, who went winless last season, may struggle again, but see ample opportunity for young players to step up.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: at Fort Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: at Kelso, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: Hockinson, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: Woodland, 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 11: at Ridgefield, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: Columbia River, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: at Washougal, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: Mark Morris, 7 p.m.

*home games in bold

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