Here is an inside look at the 2019 Stadium Tigers football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
3-7 in 3A PCL (sixth place)
Josh Bellinger, first season
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
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.
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.