Here is an inside look at the Bonney Lake Panthers 2019 football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
5-5 in 3A PCL (fifth place)
Jason Silbaugh, eighth season
Offense – 7. Defense – 7.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
TE Braeden Goff, 6-2, 210, sr.
QB Drew Hollenbeck, 6-3, 190, sr.
RB Dylan Medges, 6-0, 200, jr.
OL Aron Oliva, 6-3, 325, sr.
RB Andrew Romano, 6-0, 190, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL/LB Kelly Hickson, 6-3, 200, sr.
LB Max Marceau, 5-10, 185, jr.
DL Aron Oliva, 6-3, 325, sr.
LB Andrew Romano, 6-0, 190, sr.
DB Connor Shoemaker, 6-0, 190, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Kelly Hickson, defensive lineman/linebacker
Makes a living in opposing backfields as 3A PCL first-team pass rusher (24 TFL)
Drew Hollenbeck, quarterback
Took over for injured Roman Casey midseason, and flashed dual-threat promise
Aron Oliva, defensive lineman
Big man has enough weight and wheels to play both nose tackle and defensive end
After back-to-back 3A quarterfinal appearances (2015, 2016), the Panthers have hit a dry spell, just missing the postseason in 2017 and last season.
Which is frustrating considering Silbaugh is in the middle of arguably his best big-man stretch.
It will be good again in 2019, led by Oliva, a massive two-way terror who is getting lower-level FBS interest. He is a road grader at left guard, and forms an all-league tandem with Hickson on the defensive line.
Where the Panthers lag behind is impact skill-position players. Romano, Medges and Hayden Brock are chain-moving running backs, but none are breakaway threats. Hollenbeck, who has legitimate sprinter speed, could be — and the coaching staff will let him try to make plays.
Sept 6: at Franklin Pierce, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Timberline, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: Lincoln, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Lakes, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Spanaway Lake, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Wilson, 7 p.m.
Oct 25: at Bethel, 7 p.m.
Oct. 31: Mount Tahoma, 7 p.m.
*home games in bold