Here’s an inside look at the 2A Fife Trojans.
2018 IN REVIEW
11-2 in 2A SPSL Mountain (first place); lost to Lynden in 2A semifinals.
Kent Nevin, 17th season
Offense – 4. Defense – 5.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Gabriel Duenas, 5-11, 180, sr.
RB Junior Faualo, 6-0, 215, sr.
RB Dominik Hernandez, 5-6, 165, sr.
OL Jonah McGary, 6-6, 275, jr.
RB Malakai Samuelu, 6-1, 225, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Elias Faitala, 5-11, 170, sr.
DB Dominik Hernandez, 5-6, 165, sr.
DB Kacey Koehn, 6-0, 200, sr.
LB Malakai Samuelu, 6-1, 225, jr.
DL Aaron Smith, 6-1, 215, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Elias Faitala, defensive back
If the Trojans want to shadow elite receivers, he usually gets the call
Junior Faualo, running back
When Fife wants to really go to power running game, he’s the guy
Malakai Samuelu, running back
Team’s best all-around player has highlight ‘Beast Mode’ runs in him
All Fife did was go about its business last season — and that meant stunning Steilacoom to win the 2A SPSL title and advancing to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
But with quarterback and two-way standout Gannon Ginnis graduated the Trojans will return to their roots a bit in 2019 by going back to an old-school, run-it-right-at-you wing-T rushing attack.
And Nevin will run two bruisers in Samuelu and Faualo, then change it up with Hernandez, a big-play scatback who will also play quarterback in certain packages.
The offensive line only has one returner (Ryan Marino), and the defense is short on speed. But it might not matter if Fife is able to keep its run-first agenda to control games.
Sept 6: Foster, 7 p.m.
Sept 13: at Black Hills, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Franklin Pierce, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: Steilacoom, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Washington, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: River Ridge, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: White River 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Eatonville, 7 p.m.