Decatur Gators: 2019 Washington high school 4A football preview

Here is an inside look at the 2019 Decatur Gators football team.

Links: Decatur team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

1-8 in 4A NPSL Sound (fifth place)

COACHING RESUME

Matt Vaeena, second season

1-8 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 5. Defense – 6.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

RB J.C. Clay, 5-8, 160, jr.

QB Daniel Hylton, 6-0, 170, sr.

RB Isaac May, 5-10, 185, sr.

RB Tyler Satterwhite, 5-9, 180, jr.

OL Jovon Seumaala, 6-0, 300, sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DB David Holden, 5-9, 165, jr.

DB Daniel Hylton, 6-0, 170, sr.

LB Isaac May, 5-10, 185, sr.

LB/DL Wai Paepule, 6-2, 195, jr.

DL Zechariah Siva, 5-10, 250, so.

THREE TO SEE

Daniel Hylton, quarterback

Gators hoping school’s best high jumper — and receiver — flies high at new position

Isaac May, linebacker

He might be shuffling around on offensive side, but this will always be defensive home

Zechariah Siva, offensive lineman

School’s top heavyweight wrestler, plenty of action will happen behind him at guard

THREE TO SEE

Vaeena, a Texas transplant, is wasting no time trying to find an offensive backfield combination that works entering his third season with the program — and second year leading the way.

May came into last season as the quarterback, but broke his finger, leaving ninth grader Sennai Heyliger with the job the rest of the way.

Heyliger decided to concentrate on wrestling, and did not come out for football in the spring, leaving Vaeena in a bind.

His solution was his top wide receiver — Hylton. The senior is one of the team’s best athletes, and the Gators will certainly try to cut him loose in the zone-read option (although he has a strong arm, too).

May (who is still the emergency quarterback), Clay and Satterwhite will be a rotation in the running-back corps.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 5: Kentlake, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12: Spanaway Lake, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: at Enumclaw, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28: Kent-Meridian, 6 p.m.

Oct. 4: Jefferson, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11: Federal Way, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: at Mount Rainier, 7 p.m.

Oct 24: at Auburn, 7 p.m.

Thank you for joining the discussion on SBLive!

%d bloggers like this: