Here is an inside look at the 2019 Wenatchee Panthers football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
6-4 in Columbia Basin/Big Nine (third place)
Scott Devereaux, 16th season
Offense – 9. Defense – 6.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
OL Vincent Bentley, 6-4, 300, jr.
RB Nathan Blauman, 6-0, 210, sr.
WR Sebastian Esquivel, 5-10, 150, sr.
TE Riley Kunz 6-3, 235, sr.
QB Camden Sirmon, 6-0, 185, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Alex Dorton, 6-3, 220
DB Sebastian Esquivel, 5-10, 150, sr.
DL Chase Loidhamer, 6-6, 215, sr.
LB Jax Tucker, 6-0, 220, sr.
LB Ty Waterman, 5-9, 190, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Nathan Blauman, running back
Missed first two games (ankle) and still racked up 1,200 yards, all-league honors
Chase Loidhamer, defensive lineman
Third-year starter fends off blockers with long arms, great leverage for lean pass rusher
Camden Sirmon, quarterback
Everybody knows about the strong Sirmon arm, but he has burst (11.5 seconds in 100)
This appears to be a pivotal year for this program, which won three CBBN titles in a row (2012-14) before suffering through three consecutive losing seasons (2015-17), as it tries to rejoin the top echelon.
It was a good sign that the Panthers won six games last season with a roster full of impact sophomores. They are a year older, led by Sirmon, the cousin of UW backup quarterback Jacob Sirmon.
Even though he got too emotional at times in games last season, it did not hurt his production. Sirmon (1,222 passing yards, 10 TDs) is the top returning passer in the league.
And he’s got weapons everywhere, especially with Blauman out of the backfield, Esquivel out wide, and Kunz as a complete big-target tight end.
Sept. 6: Mount Si, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Lewiston (ID), 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Kelowna (BC), 7 p.m.
Sept. 26: Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Moses Lake, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at West Valley of Yakima, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Davis, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Sunnyside, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Walla Walla, 7 p.m.
Nov. 7: at Eastmont, 7 p.m.