By WILL HOLLAND

Here is an inside look at the 2019 Stanwood Spartans football team.

Links: Stanwood team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

2-8 overall, 0-6 in 3A Wesco League – North (seventh place).

COACHING RESUME

Eric Keizer, 5th season

14-27 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 5. Defense – 7.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

OL Jacob Evans, 6-0, 250, Sr.

TE Jake Grant, 6-3, 185, Sr.

OL Bryan Henderson, 6-3, 255, Jr.

WR AJ Larson, 5-9, 155, Sr.

WR Isaac Ortega, 5-6, 160, Jr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

LB Jake Grant, 6-3, 185, Sr.

DL Bryan Henderson, 6-3, 255, Jr.

DB AJ Larson, 5-9, 155, Sr.

DB Isaac Ortega, 5-6, 160, Jr.

THREE TO SEE

Jacob Evans, offensive lineman

One of two returning starters to the offensive line, great base.

Jake Grant, tight end / linebacker

Good frame with the potential to be a big-time target on offense this fall.

Bryan Henderson, offensive and defensive lineman

Joins Evans as a returning starter on the O-line with a solid build and good power.

OUTLOOK

The Spartans had a tough year in 2018, going 2-8 and finishing last in their division. This year, they lose all of their all-league talent from that crew, which will make things even harder.

This will be a big rebuilding year for Stanwood, as they’ll hope to build upon their underclassmen talent through the season.

The program hasn’t seen a winning season since 2006, but coach Eric Keizer will hope to bring this team back as a perennial league contender in the years to come.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: at Jackson 5 p.m.

Sept. 13: Marysville Getchell 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: Arlington 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: at Oak Harbor 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: at Marysville Pilchuck, 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 18: Squalicum, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: at Ferndale, 7 p.m.

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