Here is an inside look at the 2019 West Valley Rams football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
4-5 in Columbia Basin/Big Nine (fourth place)
Dan Eyman, fifth season
Offense – 5. Defense – 3.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
WR Drew Johnson, 6-1, 170, so.
QB Issac Madrigal, 6-2, 180, so.
OL Grant Pickett, 6-0, 235, sr.
WR Jack Van De Brake, 5-11, 170, sr.
WR Caleb Woodcock, 6-1, 185, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Jordan Bickler, 6-2, 230, jr.
DL Robert Carrasco, 6-2, 285, sr.
LB Devin Duthie, 6-0, 225, jr.
DL J.P. Leahy, 6-2, 205, jr.
DB Jack Van De Brake, 5-11, 170, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Jordan Bickler, linebacker
Intelligent run-game hunter knows when to pick his spots, and where to end up
Isaac Madrigal, quarterback
Took over late last season as ninth grader, and posted No. 2 passer rating in league
Jack Van De Brake, wide receiver
Retuning all-CBBN first teamer is an open-field nightmare for defenders to corral
Eyman is an Eastern Washington coaching staple, having led four programs, including his alma mater since 2015.
And when the longtime coach says his young offense will be tough to stop, it is a safe bet it will be.
Last season, the Rams weren’t too shabby, either, leading the league in yards per play (6.2) — despite utilizing two quarterbacks.
Eyman eventually turned to Madrigal in the final half of the season, and he responded by leading the Rams to three consecutive wins in October. He is an accurate passer, which bodes will for the explosive Van De Brake, who will turn any jump ball into a catch with his hops and strong hands.
With wave of young talent coming, Eyman said he might be a year away from contending for the CBBN crown.
Sept. 5: at Kamiakin, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Prosser, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Camas, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Sunnyside, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Eastmont, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Wenatchee, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Moses Lake, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24: at Davis, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Eisenhower, 7 p.m.