Here is an inside look at the 2019 Glacier Peak Grizzlies football team.

Links: Glacier Peak team page | 2019 schedule

2018 IN REVIEW

8-2 in 4A Wesco (second place); lost to Eastlake in 4A districts

COACHING RESUME

Nick Bender, fourth season

19-11 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 5. Defense – 7.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

OL Jacob Anderson, 6-4, 275, sr.

RB Ryan Black, 5-10, 185, jr.

OL Tony McDaniel, 6-0, 260, sr.

WR Patrick McKenzie, 5-8, 160, jr.

WR Trevor Meldrom, 5-10, 170, jr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

LB Ryan Black, 5-10, 185, jr.

DL Mason Bridges, 6-0, 265, sr.

LB Logan Clay, 6-1, 175, sr.

DL Tony McDaniel, 6-0, 260, sr.

DB Trevor Meldrom, 5-10, 170, jr.

THREE TO SEE

Jacob Anderson, offensive lineman

He went from unknown to now team’s top tackle; also a standout lacrosse goalkeeper

Ryan Black, linebacker

Team’s leading returning tackler at outside linebacker also was top ball hawk

Trevor Meldrom, defensive back

Cornerback was one of two sophomores in league to garner all-Wesco honors in 2018

OUTLOOK

In its first 11 seasons in school history, Glacier Peak has never posted a losing record — and won eight or more games last season for the sixth time.

Normally, when a team loses 23 seniors, including seven all-4A Wesco first teamers, a fallback is expected. And the Grizzlies do have big shoes to fill in replacing Ayden Ziomas, their four-year starting quarterback.

But this is a program that just doesn’t endure deep valleys. They have 130 players out this summer, and once again expect to challenge Lake Stevens for the league championship.

Meldrom and McKenzie are explosive pass catchers, and Black should be a big-time contributor in his first full season at tailback. But the Grizzlies have to figure out not only who will run the offense (sophomores Ryan Kinney and Tyson Long are frontrunners), but how much they can handle as a new starter.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept. 6: at Edmonds-Woodway, 5 p.m.

Sept. 13: Snohomish, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: Jackson, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: at Kamiak, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: at Cascade of Everett, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11: Lake Stevens, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: Mariner, 7 p.m.

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

Nov. 1: Mount Vernon

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