Auburn Trojans: 2019 Washington high school 4A football preview

Here is an inside look at the 2019 Auburn Trojans football team.

Links: Auburn team page | 2019 schedule

2018 IN REVIEW

2-8 in 4A NPSL Valley (fifth place)

COACHING RESUME

Aaron Chantler, second season

2-8 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 4. Defense – 4.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

RB Ronna Brown, 6-1, 195, sr.

QB Alex Contreras, 5-5, 135, sr.

WR Connor Howat, 6-2, 175, jr.

OL Isaiah Petelo, 6-4, 275, jr.

OL Marquis Phillips, 6-1, 180, jr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

LB Ronna Brown, 6-1, 195, sr.

DL Melvin Fiso, 5-11, 150, jr.

DB Connor Howat, 6-2, 175, jr.

DL Andre Nirschi, 5-11, 275, sr.

LB Zayah Sparks, 5-11, 235, sr.

THREE TO SEE

Ronna Brown, running back

Trojans will ride his legs as long as they are willing to barrel through defenders

Connor Howat, wide receiver

Struggled early last season, but has all the attributes to be a top-notch receiver

Zayah Sparks, defensive lineman

Instant disruptor at defensive end, his three sacks led Trojans in 2018

OUTLOOK

This is a new situation for coach Chantler, an offensive guru who led Gig Harbor to four state playoff appearances in his five seasons.

Simply put, Chantler has to develop a young roster now at Auburn — and hope that more athletes are on the way.

The Trojans will rely heavily on a pair of experienced two-way players — Brown (RB/LB) and Howat (WR/DB).

On offense, Brown is the best bet to replace the production of Calvin Luilamaga, who rushed for 1,000 yards a season ago. As the backup, Brown chipped in with nearly 300 yards. He is also the team’s top returning tackler at linebacker (69 tackles).

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: at Tahoma, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: Auburn Riverside, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: at Auburn Mountainview, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26: at Jefferson, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: at Mount Rainier, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: Kent-Meridian, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: Kentridge, 7 p.m.

Oct 24: Decatur, 7 p.m.

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