Here’s an inside look at the 2A Centralia Tigers.

Links: Centralia team page | 2019 schedule |Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

2-7 in 2A Evergreen Conference (fourth place)

COACHING RESUME

Jeremy Thibault, third season

4-14 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 5. Defense – 4.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

TE Derek Beairsto, 6-3, 200, jr.

QB Cam Erickson, 5-10, 185, jr.

OL Justus Kuykendal, 5-10, 225, sr.

TE Benito Valencia, 6-5, 245, jr.

RB Blaine Wass, 5-10, 165, jr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DL Derek Beairsto, 6-3, 200, jr.

LB Caleb Hylton, 5-10, 190, sr.

DL Justus Kuykendal, 5-10, 225, sr.

DL Benito Valencia, 6-5, 245, jr.

DB Blaine Wass, 5-10, 165, jr.

THREE TO SEE

Caleb Hylton, linebacker

Ferocious pursuer, sure-handed tackler – and wrestling team MVP

Justus Kuykendal, offensive lineman

Team’s top all-league returner anchors line that should be improved

Benito Valencia, tight end

Offense is deep with tight ends, and he likely will be best of them

OUTLOOK

It has been a slow rebuild effort for Thibault, a native son who also was the Tigers’ former offensive coordinator before leaving to take the Toledo head job for five seasons.

Thibault knows the kind of effort it takes to restore good faith and great tradition. He led Toledo to the 2A semifinals in 2014.

And now, the Tigers might be back on the upswing in search of their first winning record since 2014.

The live-arm Erickson will be a first-year starter in Thibault’s spread-you-out Wing-T offense, and he had two sure-handed tight ends to utilize in Valencia — one of the position MVPs at the Eastern Washington camp — and Beairsto, a better blocker. Both will see plenty of snaps playing in tandem.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: at Columbia River, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: Evergreen of Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21: at Sehome, 1 p.m.

Sept. 27: GW Graham (BC), 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 11: Black Hills, 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 25: at W.F. West, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: Tumwater, 7 p.m.

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