Here’s an inside look at the 2A Washougal Panthers.

Links: Washougal team page | 2019 schedule |Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

5-4 overall, 3-3 in the 2A Greater St. Helens League (fourth place); missed postseason.

COACHING RESUME

Dave Hajek, 12th season

46-60 (three stints at Washougal)

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 8. Defense – 8.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

WR Brevan Bea 6-1, 205, Sr.

RB Peter Boylan 6-0, 215, Jr.

WR Jakob Davis 6-3, 215, Sr.

WR Julien Jones 6-0, 180, Sr.

C Tommy Liston 6-2, 200, Sr.

QB Dalton Payne 6-2, 180, Sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

LB Brevan Bea 6-1, 205, Sr.

DB Tanner Coons 5-10, 180, Sr. 

DB Erik Kestner 5-10, 170, Sr.

DB Judson Mansfield 6-3, 180, Sr.

DB Gavin Multer 6-0, 180, Jr.

DE Gus Shelley 6-0, 180, Sr.

THREE TO SEE

Brevan Bea, linebacker

First-team all-league defense as a junior. Hard-hitting playmaker, leader on both sides of the ball. 

Jakob Davis, wide receiver

The big-bodied wideout/tight end got even bigger for his senior season. First-team all-league receiver as a junior. 

Dalton Payne, quarterback

Tossed for 1,829 yards on 49.8 completion percentage opposite eight interceptions and accounted for 21 total touchdowns as a junior. Second team all-league selection.

OUTLOOK

Washougal went nine years without a postseason berth until finally breaking through in 2016. Since then, the Panthers have made short stays in the postseason two of the last three seasons.

Perhaps this season will be different for a senior-heavy team that returns 16 starters, including four all-league selections. In a league where two-time defending 2A state champion Hockinson is once again the heavy favorite, the Panthers appear well-positioned to make a run at second place. 

That corps of seniors includes senior linebacker/wideout Brevan Bea, whose name rings out of the public address announcer on any given play, or trusty wideout Jakob Davis. Both are three-year starters. 

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept. 6: Hudson Bay, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: @ Prairie, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: @ Woodland, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: @ WF West, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: Ridgefield, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: Columbia River , 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: @ Mark Morris, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: @ Hockinson, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: R.A. Long, 7 p.m.

*home games in bold

Statewide High School Sports Reporter at SBLive | andy@scorebooklive.com

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