Woodland Beavers: 2019 Washington high school 2A football preview

Here’s an inside look at the 2A Woodland Beavers.

Links: Woodland team page | 2019 schedule |Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

8-2 overall, 5-1 in 2A Greater St. Helens League (second place); lost to Tumwater in the district crossover (regionals).

COACHING RESUME

Garrett Lutgen, first season

0-0 record

Coordinators: Justin Gabbard (OC); Zach Lacey (DC).

Base schemes: Oklahoma Spread offense; Base 4-4 defense.

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 4. Defense – 5.

TOP RETURNERS

LG/DT John Arocan, 6-0, 235, Jr.

LT/DE Jason Bowman, 6-3, 225, Jr.

QB/CB Isaiah Flanagan, 6-2, 190, Sr.

RB/LB Brooks Massey, 6-1, 180, Sr.

RB/LB Ian Short, 6-0, 190, Jr.

THREE TO SEE

QB/CB Isaiah Flanagan, 6-2, 190, Sr.

A playmaker on both sides of the ball as a junior, Flanagan will face a tall task of stepping under center as the Beavers’ starting quarterback. 

LT/DE Jason Bowman, 6-3, 225, Jr.

A difference-maker, and a technically sound lineman, Bowman is a mutli-year starter who brings stability to a front replacing much of its core from last season.

RB/LB Ian Short, 6-0, 190, Jr.

Short, who saw the field as a back last season, will be looked upon to step into a sizable role as a running back and linebacker.

OUTLOOK

Expect a much different Woodland team this season.

The Beavers must replace all-purpose contributor Tyler Flanagan — QB, running back, receiver, kick returner, tackle machine — who graduated among the program’s top players of all time and had the school on the cusp of a 2A state playoff berth last November.

How does first-year coach Garrett Ludgren, who replaces recently retired head coach Mike Woodward and led the school’s JV program last season, plan to do that? A change of philosophy on both sides of the ball.

With nine returning starters, the Beavers turn to another Flanagan — Isaiah — to step in at quarterback in a potentially wide open 2A GSHL.

2019 SCHEDULE

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

Sept. 13, 7p.m.: La Center

Sept. 20, 7 p.m.: Washougal

Sept. 27, 7 p.m.: at R.A. Long

Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: Hockinson

Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: Montesano

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

Oct.25, 7 p.m.: Columbia River

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

*home games in bold

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