Here is an inside look at the 2019 Kentwood Conquerors football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
4-6 in 4A NPSL Mountain (third place); lost to Curtis in 4A districts
Mike Bush, fifth season
Offense – 7. Defense – 9.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
OL Liban Britt, 6-0, 225, sr.
OL Wyatt Hansen, 6-4, 280, sr.
RB Gabe Johnson, 5-9, 190, sr.
WR Alphonse Oywak, 6-3, 180, sr.
QB Jackson Proctor, 6-1, 180, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB K.J. Cooper, 6-0, 200, sr.
DB Dylan Daniels, 5-11, 175, sr.
LB Trevon Erickson, 6-3, 230, sr.
DL Victor Juarez, 6-0, 265, sr.
LB Nick Musga, 6-0, 205, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Wyatt Hansen, offensive lineman
Once upon a time, baseball was his game. Then he got big, strong and nasty
Gabe Johnson, running back
With his low center of gravity, and overall strength, he is a bowling-ball runner
Alphonse Oywak, wide receiver
If you need a good player comparison, think a young, feisty Randy Moss; committed to Arizona
On the surface, some would argue Kentwood had its worst season ever, posting its first losing season in 37 years.
Beyond that, the injury-depleted Conquerors did rebound from an 0-4 start to make the postseason — and are set up to get back to their winning ways in 2019.
A good core of offensive playmakers return as seniors, including Johnson, a 1,000-yard rusher as a junior; Oywak and Dyllon Daniels in the receiving corps; and two-way all-state candidate Hansen on the line.
But Bush made an important switch at quarterback in the offseason, giving Proctor, an Eastlake transfer, the nod over junior Jalin Church, a 4A NPSL honorable mention performer who started eight games after beginning the season as the backup.
Whoever is under center will need to find Oywak on the outside. He is a returning two-way all-4A NPSL player who has seen his recruiting stock skyrocket in the offseason.
Sept 6: Skyline, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Mount Si, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Kentlake, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26: Beamer, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Auburn Mountainview, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Enumclaw, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Tahoma, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26: at Kennedy Catholic, 5 p.m.