Here is an inside look at the 2019 Eisenhower Cadets football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
4-6 in Columbia Basin/Big Nine (fifth place)
Gary Jimenez, sixth season
Offense – 3. Defense – 4.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Jaiden Jaramillo, 5-8, 180, sr.
TE Paco Sanchez, 5-10, 200, sr.
WR D’Anthony Smith, 5-10, 175, sr.
WR Malachi Spurrier, 5-11, 175, sr.
OL Jacob Urquhart, 6-1, 220, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Timothy Harrison, 6-0, 200, sr.
DB Jaiden Jaramillo, 5-8, 180, sr.
LB Elyan Jimenez, 5-9, 185, jr.
LB Jose Ochoa, 5-10, 185, so.
DL Paco Sanchez, 5-10, 200, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Timothy Harrison, linebacker
Coaches expect him to follow William Yocum as next all-CBBN first-team linebacker
Jaiden Jaramillo, quarterback
Started last season as top tailback, he now will show off strong arm leading offense
Malachi Spurrier, wide receiver
Loves seeing his name in the headlines, and he should thrive in run-and-shoot attack
Back when the Cadets were posting seasons of no fewer than seven victories (four times from 2009-13), one of the key performers during that stretch was quarterback Kolney Cassel, who went on to SMU.
And now the Eisenhower alum is trying to get his alma mater back on track by teaching the nuances of his old college offense – the run and shoot.
It will be up to a familiar face in the offensive backfield to operate it, albeit in a new role for him. Last season, Jaramillo was the team’s top tailback before a thumb injury derailed his year. Damien Pacheco took over running back duties and posted a 1,000-yard rushing season en route to all-CBBN first-team honors.
Jaramillo returns as the dual threat at quarterback, although Jimenez prefers he develops as a passer and does not turn out to be the team’s leading rusher. The coach would prefer that Hayden Nyberg — the team’s starting running back two years ago who missed 2018 because of concussion issues — and Harrison lead the ground game.
The new signal caller has weapons, especially Spurrier, who could end up leading the CBBN in receiving yards this season.
Sept. 6: Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14: at Federal Way, 6 p.m.
Sept. 20: Coeur d’Alene (ID), 7 p.m.
Sept. 26: at Wenatchee, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Sunnyside, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Moses Lake, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Hermiston (OR), 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Eastmont, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: at West Valley of Yakima, 7 p.m.
Nov. 8: Davis, 7 p.m.