Here is an inside look at the 2019 Hudson’s Bay Eagles football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
3-6 overall, 2-3 in the 3A Greater St. Helens League (fourth place).
Ray Lions, third season
Offense – 4. Defense – 4.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
WR Josh McDonald 6-2, 180, sr.
OL Malek Mabrouk, 6-3, 260, sr.
OL Gabriel Ortega, 5-10, 230, soph.
OL Hayden DeGrandpre 5-11, 200, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Hayden DeGrandpre 5-11, 200, jr.
DB Josh McDonald 6-2, 180, sr.
DL Malek Mabrouk, 6-3, 260, sr.
LB/DB Jaden Lewis 5-9, 180, sr.
DL Gabriel Ortega, 5-10, 230, soph.
THREE TO SEE
Josh McDonald, receiver/corner
Tall, agile, lengthy wide receiver. Top target out wide and the team’s shutdown corner.
Hayden DeGrandpre, left tackle/linebacker
Mat Classic competitive wrestler. “Will cause havoc” in the middle of the defense. Can drop into the secondary.
Jamarion Hinton, running back
Physical back in a one-two punch in the backfield. Great in space.
Hudson’s Bay showed fight in 2017 when it made the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. Now, in head coach Ray Lions’ third season, the Eagles are out to prove they are here to stay.
In the 3A Greater St. Helens League, that means challenging perennial powers Mountain View and Kelso, along with Prairie, which hopes to ride a similar wave of momentum off of a playoff berth last season.
The Eagles lose each of their three all-league selections from last season in senior running back Akilotoa Kaumatule and Carter Morse, who graduated, and wideout Treyce Teague, who transferred to Prairie.
The group of freshmen and sophomores the Lions will call upon to step up will be buoyed by an experienced line. Will it be enough to challenge for a top-three spot?
Sept 6: at Washougal, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Heritage, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: W.F. West, 5 p.m.
Sept. 27: Franklin (Ore.), 8 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Mountain View, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Fort Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Prairie, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Evergreen, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Kelso, 5 p.m.
*home games in bold