Here is an inside look at the 2019 Lake Stevens football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
13-1 in 4A Wesco (first place); lost to Union in 4A championship
Tom Tri, 15th season
Offense – 7. Defense – 7.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
OL Logan Bruce-Jones, 6-5, 295, sr.
OL Wyatt Hall, 6-0, 240, sr.
QB Tanner Jellison, 6-5, 180, jr.
WR Kasen Kinchen, 5-11, 165, sr.
RB Dallas Landeros, 6-0, 185, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Drew Carter, 6-2, 190, so.
DL Jager Hill, 6-3, 175, sr.
DB Kasen Kinchen, 5-11, 165, sr.
DB Devin MacWatters, 6-2, 175, sr.
LB Junior Robinson, 5-11, 185, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Logan Bruce-Jones, offensive lineman
Basketball product has come a long way in two seasons in grasping positional nuances
Kasen Kinchen, defensive back
Utllizes hands and feet well, but closing speed at cornerback might be best in state
Dallas Landeros, running back
Tri said his workhorse sets up blocks like he’s playing “chess” — two moves ahead
Sure, the Vikings were disappointed — and not just because they fell one game short of winning the Class 4A crown. They self-destructed against Union in a way they had not done all season.
And as Tri noted, there are no “do-overs.” But with a loaded group of key returners, maybe there is for the six-time defending 4A Wesco champions.
There is talent and experience all over the field for Lake Stevens, except at the most important position on offense — quarterback.
Jellison replaces the highly-productive Tre Long, and reminds some on the coaching staff, including Tri, of a young Jacob Eason (now the UW starter) with his large frame, strong arm and pocket presence. And during passing league this summer, Jellison was quicker to recognize what defenses were doing than what the longtime coach expected.
The other aspect to monitor is how the offensive line comes together in the absence of starting left tackle Devin Kylany (knee), who won’t be available until the playoffs. Tri considers the WSU commit his best player, on and off the field. Cameron Hunter will fill that spot in the meantime.
Sept. 6: Ferndale, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Lincoln, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Monroe, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: Mount Vernon, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Kamiak, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Glacier Peak, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Cascade of Everett, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Jackson, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Mariner, 7 p.m.