Here is an inside look at the 2019 Mount Rainier Rams football team.

Links: Mount Rainier team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

3-7 in 4A NPSL Sound (second place)

COACHING RESUME

Tremain Mack, eighth season

15-55 record

RETURNING STARTERS

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

OUTLOOK

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.

2019 SCHEDULE

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.

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