Here is an inside look at the 2019 Hazen Highlanders football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
6-4 in 4A NPSL Valley (second place)
Chris Bennett, fourth season
Offense – 4. Defense – 4.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
OL Jerron McClendon, 5-7, 210, sr.
WR Gabriel Ogunleye, 6-1, 205, jr.
OL Zack Schmeichel, 6-4, 285, jr.
OL Chad Vidican, 6-3, 250, jr.
WR Alex Wick, 5-7, 170, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Jerron McClendon, 5-7, 210, sr.
DB Gabriel Ogunleye, 6-1, 205, jr.
DB Miguel Rosario, 5-9, 160, so.
DL Chad Vidican, 6-3, 250, jr.
DB Alex Wick, 5-7, 170, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Jerron McClendon, linebacker
All-4A NPSL second teamer rarely let a ball carrier past him as team’s top tackler
Gabriel Ogunleye, wide receiver
Last season, he was No. 4 on the pecking order. Now, he is big go-to pass catcher
Chad Vidican, defensive lineman
Played every down last year as a sophomore, his motor just won’t shut down
Throughout most of the summer, Bennett and his staff were brimming with confidence having one of the state’s most underrated college quarterback prospects starting his third season in the program.
But just weeks before the start of training camp, they got shocking news — senior Jaxon Ingram was moving back to Oklahoma.
And then they received even more stunning news — two-year Eastside Catholic starting quarterback Michael Franklin was transferring into the program.
It will be an interesting preseason camp because not only is Franklin a proven commodity, having won a Class 3A state title with the Crusaders, Hazen also likes the potential of sophomore Harris Smajic.
Good thing the Highlanders have an offensive line with plenty of snaps under its belt, led by McClendon, Schmeichel and Vidican — and a receiving threat who wins more than his share of 50-50 balls in Ogunley.
Sept 6: at Lindbergh, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Camas, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19: Skyline, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: Mount Rainier, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3: at Kentridge, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10: Kentlake, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Federal Way, 7 p.m.
Oct 25: at Auburn Riverside, 7 p.m.