Tahoma Bears: 2019 Washington high school 4A football preview

Here is an inside look at the 2019 Tahoma Bears football team.

Links: Tahoma team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

3-6 in 4A NPSL Mountain (fifth place)

COACHING RESUME

Tony Davis, 26th season

142-105 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 6. Defense – 6.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

OL Kiefer Furness, 6-2, 205, jr.

OL Levi Kovacsc, 5-11, 205, jr.

OL Jake McCabe, 5-8, 180, jr.

QB Michael Palandri, 6-0, 180, jr.

WR Richard Reding, 5-9, 165, sr.

WR Carson Ringhiser, 5-8, 165, sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DL Matt Fitts, 6-1, 215, sr.

LB Michael Gasper, 6-0, 190, sr.

DL Sam Petersen, 6-3, 265, sr.

DB Carson Ringhiser, 5-8, 165, sr.

LB Aiden Sotelo, 5-11, 200, sr.

DB Braden Swank, 5-8, 140, sr.

THREE TO SEE

Braden Swank, defensive back

Energetic leader covers receivers on the field, inspires teammates off the field

Michael Gasper, linebacker

If he makes a few game-saving plays this season, you might see the patented backflip

Aiden Sotelo, linebacker

Third-year starter has great instincts and ability to find best angles of attack

OUTLOOK

Quietly, after two up-and-down, miss-the-playoffs seasons in the past three years, the Bears are brimming with confidence.

They feel they have a few more “Friday night-level guys” in their lineup.

And Davis’ team has a little bit of everything: Decent size and depth on both lines; standouts in all levels of the defense, especially in the linebacking corps; two hard-nosed tailbacks (Gasper, Jake Trost); a pair of quality pass catchers (Reding, Ringhiser); and a quarterback (Palandri) who can make it all go.

Palandri might be Tahoma’s best signal caller since Amandre Williams, who ended up going to the University of Washington as a defensive player. He missed much of last season with a broken wrist, but has evolved into one of the leaders of this team — and has had a nice offseason throwing the football.

Watch out for Petersen, a new addition from Lakeside High School who is an Air Force commit. He should make an immediate impact as a pass rusher.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: Auburn, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: at Kentlake, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: Mount Rainier, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28: at Kennedy Catholic, 1 p.m.

Oct. 4: Beamer, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11: Auburn Mountainview, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: at Kentwood, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: at Enumclaw, 7 p.m.

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