Here is an inside look at the 2019 Timberline Blazers football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
9-3 in 3A SSC (second place); lost to Eastside Catholic in 3A quarterfinals
Nick Mullen, 11th season
Offense – 4. Defense – 3.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
WR Max Aunese, 5-11, 165, sr.
OL Blake Doss, 5-9, 225, sr.
RB/KR Noah Cunningham, 5-7, 160, jr.
RB Stanton Hayes, 5-9, 180, sr.
OL Lysander Moeolo, 6-5, 330, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Keola Allison, 6-0, 185, sr.
LB Jaden Gorman, 5-11, 205, sr.
LB Ethan Keith, 5-7, 195, sr.
DL Will Lafaele, 5-9, 255, sr,
DL D,J. Togiola, 6-4, 265, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Max Aunese, wide receiver
Rebounded well from 2017 knee injury to become top pass catcher
Jaden Gorman, linebacker
High-intelligence boss now moving to the middle to stop everything
Will Lafaele, defensive lineman
Two-way returner’s infectious energy good for young group to follow
Even in what projects to be a slight dip year for the Blazers after losing nine all-league performers (including five first-teamer), teams in this league have learned not to underestimate Mullen’s chippy crew.
The biggest hole to fill is at quarterback. Dual threat Hunter Campau was the league’s 2018 most valuable player (and is now at Central Washington), and single-handedly gave defensive coordinators cause for concern.
Wyatt Gerkin, Campau’s backup, leads the quarterback pack, but the Blazers are high on Olympia transfer Adam Dafoe, a junior. Whoever wins the job has the shifty Aunese waiting to catch passes.
Mullen will run the football, and has contrasting styles with Hayes, an inside power runner, and Cunningham, an outside flyer, to carry the load.
Sept 6: at Tumwater, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Gig Harbor, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Central Kitsap, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3: Peninsula, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Shelton, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Capital, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: North Thurston, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Yelm, 7 p.m.