Here is an inside look at the defending 4A state champion Union Titans football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
15-0 overall, 4-0 in the 4A Greater St. Helens League (first place); defeated Lake Stevens in the 4A state championship, 52-20.
Rory Rosenbach, fourth season
Overall record: 31-4
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Caleb ‘C.J.’ Jordan 6-3, 200, sr.
WR Aidan Hoyt 5-11, 155, sr.
RB Isaiah Jones 5-10, 195, sr.
WR Tobias Merriweather 6-4, 175, soph.
WR Daron Ulrich 6-0, 170, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Aidan Hoyt 5-11, 155, sr.
DB Daron Ulrich 6-0, 170, sr.
LB Tyler Summers 6-1, 190, sr.
LB Logan Wilson 6-0, 225, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Tyler Summers, linebacker
First team all-league selection at linebacker as a junior. Key cog in a state championship defense, results as a focal point of the Titans defensive core.
Tobias Merriweather, receiver
Tall, fast receiver should emerge as the Titans’ top option out wide. Played in the state championship game as a freshman. Holds offer from Pac-12 Utah.
Isaiah Jones, running back
Reliable option last season behind two college-caliber running backs. Solid hands out of the backfield. Big playmaker: had a game-sealing 55-yard touchdown against Puyallup last season.
For the first time in program history, the Union Titans can call themselves defending 4A state champions.
And despite losing state player of the year Lincoln Victor and four-star receiver/corner Darien Chase, who are now playing at Hawaii and Nebraska, respectively — perhaps the top two players in program history — Union’s talent and coaching under head coach Rory Rosenbach should make it a top-10 competitor entering the season.
How will Union fare with a retooled roster with several newcomers and backups from last season?
“That’s Rory’s strength,” said Jon Eagle, head coach of league foe Camas.
Tyler Summers and Daron Ulrich return as senior leaders and sophomore wide receiver Tobias Merriwether is primed for a breakout season after growing to 6-foot-4 and picking up offers from Utah and Nevada.
And the Titans will march out 6-foot-3 dual-threat transfer quarterback Caleb ‘C.J.’ Jordan — from Clackamas (Ore.) — to run the offense, along with linebacker Logan Wilson, a first team all-2A Greater St. Helens League selection last season at Columbia River.
But the Titans must endure a tough-as-ever Greater St. Helens League with an experienced Skyview and imposing Camas, both postseason teams last year.
Sept 6: Mountain View, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12: at Steilacoom, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Eastlake, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: Chiawana, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Puyallup, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Skyview, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17: Heritage, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Battle Ground, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Camas, 8 p.m.
*home games in bold