Here’s an inside look at the 2A Centralia Tigers.
2018 IN REVIEW
2-7 in 2A Evergreen Conference (fourth place)
Jeremy Thibault, third season
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
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.
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.