Here is an inside look at the 2019 Lake Stevens football team.

Links: Lake Stevens team page | 2019 schedule

2018 IN REVIEW

13-1 in 4A Wesco (first place); lost to Union in 4A championship

COACHING RESUME

Tom Tri, 15th season

135-41 record

RETURNING STARTERS

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

OUTLOOK

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.

Tanner Jellison, Lake Stevens quarterback football
Tanner Jellison, Lake Stevens quarterback

2019 SCHEDULE

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.

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