Here is an inside look at the 2019 Toppenish Wildcats football team.

LINKS: Toppenish team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

5-5 overall, 3-1 in the 2A Central Washington Athletic Conference South (second place); lost to Ephrata in the CWAC crossover, 35-6.

COACHING RESUME

Jason Smith, 11th season

46-64 overall

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 5. Defense – 3.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

WR Manuel Felan 5-8, 158, Sr.

WR Nick Garza 5-9, 155, Sr.

OL Tyler Hernandez 5-11, 225, Sr.

RB Jesus Jimenez 5-7, 160, Sr.

QB Isaac Perez 5-11, 170, Sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DB Manuel Felan 5-8, 158, Sr.

LB Nick Garza 5-9, 155, Sr.

DL Tyler Hernandez 5-11, 225, Sr.

LB Jesus Jimenez  5-7, 160, Sr.

RB/LB Isaias Ramirez 5-10, 170

THREE TO SEE

Isaac Perez, quarterback

Plays fearless and his demeanor sets him apart. No moment is ever too big for Perez. Missed most of last season with an injury.

Isaias Ramirez, running back

Has great speed and strength, but what sets Ramirez apart is his vision. Returns as the team’s go-to guy from a broken tibia/fibula and torn ACL/MCL midway through last season.

Manuel Felan, wide receiver

“He’s all that and a bag of chips,” according to coach Jason Smith. Set the school record for receiving yards in a season as a junior and he’s 584 yards away from the all-time school career record.

OUTLOOK

Toppenish is young, talented at the skill positions and seemingly doesn’t back away from a challenge. 

The team had one of the hardest schedules across the state last year, and will open this season by traveling to play at two-time defending 2A state champion Hockinson in week 1. The Wildcats lose multi-year all-league selection Keyano Zamarrapa and will have an all-junior line, but quarterback Isaac Perez is good on his feet and has weapons in the backfield (Isaias Ramirez) and out wide (Manuel Feland and Nick Garza).

In his 11th season, head coach Jason Smith hopes to build on last year’s postseason appearance and bring the Wildcats closer to the team it was when they won the 1989 state championship. Smith believes if it comes together, “this team has no limits,” citing in part more than double the turnout — 65 players — than in any previous year. 

Those limits will be tested early. 

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: at Hockinson, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: Kiona Benton, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: East Valley (Yakima), 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: at Wapato, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: Selah, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: at Grandview, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: Prosser, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: at Zillah, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: CWAC crossover, 7 p.m.

*home games in bold

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