Here is an inside look at the North Central Indians 2019 football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
1-9 overall, 0-6 in 3A Greater Spokane League (fourth of 3A schools).
Sean Garvey, first season (interim last season)
Offense – 4. Defense – 7.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
RB Kade Garvey 5-10, 210, sr.
FB/WR Evan Bertholf-Linn 5-8, 215, sr.
OL Deontae Johnson 6-4, 300, jr.
WR Chuck Carr 6-2, 165, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Cade Garvey 5-10, 210, sr.
LB Evan Bertholf-Linn 5-8, 215, sr.
DL Deontae Johnson 6-4, 300, jr.
DB Chuck Carr 6-2, 165, sr.
DB Ian Hicks 5-7, 160, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Kade Garvey, running back
Described as “one of the best football players North Central has seen in awhile,” by head coach Sean Garvey. The first team all-league selection from last season holds all the school’s weight room records. (Editor’s note: Sean Garvey is Cade Garvey’s father.)
Deontae Johnson , lineman
Great size, stepped up as leader of the line as a sophomore.
Ian Hicks, free safety
North Central’s Mr. Reliable. Two-time first team defensive all-league selection as sophomore and junior. Can play slot receiver, return kicks — do-it-all.
North Central is looking up from a season of unfavorable circumstance a year ago. Seven seniors and a heap of underclassmen comprised last year’s team, which went 0-6 in league play.
“We’re going to be better than last year,” coach Sean Garvey said. “We’ve got some talent.”
And experience. NC brings back first team all-league running back Kade Garvey, along with do-it-all Ian Hicks. The two will be relied upon to lead a group that hopes to take a step forward, in a program that has not seen a winning season in more than 15 years.
Garvey’s chief concern in his first full season as the team’s head coach — he was interim coach last season — is building a strong team culture. He’s seen a steady increase in participation the past two seasons and he hopes that will translate to a few more wins than last year.
Sept 6: at West Valley (Spokane), 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Pullman, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19: East Valley (Spokane), 4:45 p.m.
Sept. 28: at Rogers (Spokane), 7 p.m.
Oct. 5: Sequoia (Calif.), 6 p.m.
Oct. 10: Ferris, 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 18: Shadle Park, 5 p.m.
Oct. 24: at Mt. Spokane, 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 31: Rogers (Spokane), 4 p.m.
*home games in bold