Stadium Tigers: 2019 Washington high school 3A football preview

Here is an inside look at the 2019 Stadium Tigers football team.

Links: Stadium team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

3-7 in 3A PCL (sixth place)

COACHING RESUME

Josh Bellinger, first season

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 3. Defense – 2.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

OL Jeremiah Beach, 6-0, 260, sr.

WR Dominic Gierke, 5-11, 160, jr.

QB Scott Johnson, 6-1, 170, sr.

OL Avery Jones, 6-5, 305, jr.

RB Payden Montgomery, 6-0, 175, sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DL Jeremiah Beach, 6-0, 260, sr.

LB Taten Ells, 6-1, 190, so.

DB Berlie Fincham, 5-9, 165, so.

LB/DB Zayvion Jerone-Whte, 5-9, 200, sr.

LB Payden Montgomery, 6-0, 175, sr.

THREE TO SEE

Jeremiah Beach, offensive lineman

Tigers’ strongest and most experienced returner will have lots on his plate at center

Scott Johnson, quarterback

With just ninth graders behind him, season-long health key for first-year starter

Payden Montgomery, running back

Track burner will be top ball carrier on outside-zone runs, and loves to lower pads

OUTLOOK

After two seasons at Chief Leschi, the galvanizing Bellinger remains in Pierce County — becoming the Tigers’ third coach in three seasons.

And he knows he has big shoes to fill everywhere, especially on offense.

Stadium had five all-3A PCL first-team performers who graduated, including running back Nazje Brisco (1,250 rushing yards), Xavier Mason (950 receiving yards), offensive tackle Bailey Elder and defensive back Davon Gaines.

With little experience returning, the Tigers will turn to Johnson as their new signal caller in the team’s up-tempo short-passing game. Last season, he mostly played slot receiver, but saw a couple of snaps as the backup to Corry Sanders.

Briscoe was a workhorse tailback, but the Tigers will share the rushing load between Montgomery, the team’s true big-play threat, and White, a more physical runner.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: Kent-Meridian, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: Lakes, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: at Wilson, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11: at Lincoln, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: Bethel, 7 p.m.

Oct 25: at Mount Tahoma, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: at Spanaway Lake, 7 p.m.

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