Here is an inside look at the 2019 Mount Rainier Rams football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
3-7 in 4A NPSL Sound (second place)
Tremain Mack, eighth season
Offense – 11. Defense – 10.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
WR Zeek Cruz, 5-8, 160, sr.
RB Jeremiah Johnson, 5-8, 175, sr.
TE Jeremiah Judd, 5-11, 200, sr.
QB Jayden Tamburelli, 5-10, 160, sr.
WR Nolan Willard, 5-11, 165, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Andrew Boudreaux, 6-3, 230, jr.
DB Zeek Cruz, 5-8, 160, sr.
LB Jeremiah Johnson, 5-8, 175, sr.
DL Jeremiah Judd, 5-11, 200, sr.
DB Blaine Patten, 5-10, 185, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Zeek Cruz, wide receiver
Never played football before high school, he now zig-zags past cornerbacks regularly
Jeremiah Johnson, running back
Elusive sharp-cut runner is committee leader of offense’s deepest position group
Jeremiah Judd, defensive lineman
Two-way all-4A NPSL first-teamer at his best moving around and hunting the football
With 11 offensive returners who started four or more games last season, T-Mack might not have a better chance to rule the divisional roost than he does this season.
It all starts with Tamburelli, a third-year starter whom Mack feels had his best offseason after an up-and-down 2018 season.
An accurate passer, he will be asked to just get the ball in the hands of Mount Rainier’s top athletes — especially Cruz, Judd and Willard, the team’s top receiver in 2017 who missed all of last season with an injury after a baseball tryout.
Behind Johnson, the Rams could rotate as many as three experienced backup running backs in Anthony Amaya, Jerry Joseph and Allen Kiliona.
With Judd and Bourdreaux applying pass-rushing pressure, and good athletes in the secondary, this should be Mack’s most complete team on both sides of the ball.
Sept 7: at North Creek, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Jackson, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Tahoma, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Hazen, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Auburn, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12: at Jefferson, 6 p.m.
Oct. 18: Decatur, 7 p.m.
Oct 25: at Kent-Meridian, 7 p.m.