Here’s an inside look at the 2A Franklin Pierce Cardinals.

Links: Franklin Pierce team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

5-5 in 2A SPSL Mountain (fourth place); lost to Sequim in 2A districts

COACHING RESUME

Trevor Hanson, second season

5-5 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 7. Defense – 7.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

OL Teagun Lawrence, 6-3, 240, sr.

QB Claudell Quinland, 6-3, 190, sr.

OL Avery Panelo, 5-10, 205, sr.

OL Masum Real, 6-0, 250, sr.

RB Delaquan Wood, 5-10, 180, jr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

LB/DB Daylon Lambert, 6-0, 175, sr.

DL Teagun Lawrence, 6-3, 240, sr.

DL/LB Masum Real, 6-0, 250, sr.

DB Aaron Swain, 6-0, 165, sr.

LB Delaquan Wood, 5-10, 180, jr.

THREE TO SEE

Claudell Quinland, quarterback

Third-year starter is also reigning 2A SPSL East basketball MVP.

Masum Real, offensive lineman

Lone returning all-league first teamer has left-tackle frame, athleticism

Aaron Swain, defensive back

In Cardinals’ system, all the action funnels to Swain at free safety

OUTLOOK

The Cardinals moved down to the second-tier division of the 2A SPSL, but appear to be one of the deepest and most experienced teams in the league this season with 27 returning seniors.

A lot on offense will depend on whether Quinland has a true breakout season. He struggled at times in 2018 after the team switched to a spread attack — but Hanson has tweaked things since then to try to take advantage of his ability to throw on the run.

And the Cardinals added to their already-blazing attack by getting sprinter Christian Swain healthy. He should make a quick impact joining a wide-receiver corps that includes his brother, Aaron. Swain broke his leg in 2018 offseason workouts, and missed last season.

If Franklin Pierce wants to win this division, and set up a league-title showdown with the top-division champion, its line play has to be better. Hanson is high on this group, led by Real, Lawrence and newcomer T.J. Beechum.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: at Washington, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: at Fife, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: White River, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3: at Highline, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11: at Clover Park, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: Foster, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: Orting, 7 p.m.

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