Here is an inside look at the 2019 Auburn Trojans football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
2-8 in 4A NPSL Valley (fifth place)
Aaron Chantler, second season
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
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).
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.