Here is an inside look at the 2019 Redmond Mustangs football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
3-7 in 4A KingCo Crown (fifth place)
Mickey Ahrens, second season
Offense – 4. Defense – 4.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
OL Max Badger, 6-3, 290, sr.
WR Braydon Bruener, 6-0, 170, so.
QB Tyler Fortney, 5-11, 170, jr.
OL Jesus Gonzalez, 5-10, 275, jr.
RB Matthew Janetski, 6-0, 180, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Carson Bruener, 6-3, 205, sr.
DB Matt Cagle, 5-10, 170, sr.
DB Colby Fazio, 5-10, 165, sr.
DL Pearce Johnson, 5-11, 210, sr.
DB Sam Stavor, 5-9, 165, so.
THREE TO SEE
Max Badger, offensive lineman
He held volunteer walkthroughs this summer to teach younger teammates run plays
Carson Bruener, linebacker
Great student, virtuous leader, elite talent (UW commit) — what more could you want?
Tyler Fortney, quarterback
Got playing time late last season, and showed himself as sound decision maker
So why is there optimism around a program that has posted a winning league record just once in the past 12 seasons?
His name is Carson Bruener. And Ahrens considers the UW-bound senior the best player in 4A KingCo.
Bruener will certainly be one of the busiest, teaming with Janetski as co-starters in the offensive backfield (and expecting to get a minimum 15 touches per game) while also being the team’s defensive leader at middle linebacker.
In fact, the Mustangs, who are switching to a nickel-coverage base defense to utilize some of their smaller, quicker guys, should have one of the better linebacking corps in the league with Bruener, Janetski and Ben Chenevert, a first-year player and baseball standout.
If Fortney can continue to show the rapid progress in running the offense for his father — former UW quarterback Shane Fortney is the play caller — like he did late in 2018, the Mustangs could be a wild card.
Sept. 6: Squalicum, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Seattle Prep, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Lake Washington, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26: at Inglemoor, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Woodinville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: North Creek, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Bothell, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Eastlake, 7 p.m.