Here is an inside look at the 2019 Enumclaw Hornets football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
7-3 in 4A NPSL Mountain (second place); lost to Union in 4A districts
Mark Gunderson, eighth season
Offense – 3. Defense – 3.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Cameron Brauer, 6-3, 165, jr.
RB Cameron Brazier, 6-0, 175, jr.
OL Lorenzo Luchs, 6-1, 185, jr.
RB Jackson McCann, 5-9, 175, sr.
WR Ricky Portillo, 6-0, 165, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Cameron Brazier, 6-0, 175, jr.
DL Lorenzo Luchs, 6-1, 185, jr.
DB Jackson McCann, 5-9, 175, sr.
DB Ricky Portillo, 6-0, 165, sr.
DB Royal Snyder, 6-0, 170, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Cameron Brauer, quarterback
Much like two-year graduated starter Kellen Kranc, he is a fearless gunslinger
Jackson McCann, defensive back
Received all-league honors despite splitting starting cornerback job with a senior
Ricky Portillo, defensive back
Will be interesting to see what makes free safety more popular — ball-hawking or hair
In the final two games of last season, the normally-stingy Hornets gave up 96 points, including 55 in a district-playoff loss at Union.
And yet, the defense’s biggest culprit — the secondary — turned that downer into a positive this offseason.
For a change, coach Gunderson will heavily rely on his back four to dictate the terms to opposing offenses, hopefully rendering them to dink-and-dunk units.
Jackson and rising sophomore Dylan Waterson are aggressive cornerbacks, while Portillo and Snyder are speedy ball hawks at free safety.
On offense, Gunderson has praised Brauer’s offseason in preparing to be the new starting quarterback. The junior is an ultra-competitive perfectionist.
Sept 6: at White River, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12: at Kentridge, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Decatur, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Auburn Mountainview, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Kentwood, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Beamer, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Tahoma, 7 p.m.