Previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in Washington: No. 48 Wenatchee Panthers

SBLive Washington is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in the state ahead of the 2020-2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Wenatchee Panthers of the 4A CBBN – No. 48 in our countdown.

Editor’s note: There will not be a traditional 4A Big 9 schedule this season. Wenatchee’s season is scheduled to start March 5 and they will play Moses Lake and Eastmont twice, as well as defending 1A state champ Royal.

2019 IN REVIEW

7-4 in 4A Columbia Basin Big 9 (finished second); lost to Kennedy Catholic in the 4A first round.

COACH’S RESUMÉ

  • Scott Devereaux, 17th season.
  • Overall record: 95-69.
  • Coordinators (base scheme): Offense – David Jagla (multiple formations). Defense – Scott Devereaux (base 4-2-5).

NOTABLE DEPARTURES

QB Camden Sirmon, (moved out-of-state)

OL/DL Chase Loidhamer

RB/LB Nate Blauman

TE/DL Riley Kunz

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 7. Defense – 7.

TOP PLAYERS

WR/SS JJ Jelsing, 6-0, 195, sr.

WR/CB Johnny Amezcua, 5-10, 155, jr.

OL/LB Tre Jagla, 5-10, 205, jr.

OL/DL Sim Cass, 6-2, 245, sr.

RB/WR/LB Obadiah Young, 5-10, 210, sr.

LB Silas St. John, 5-9, 200, jr.

TE/DE Camden Loidhamer, 6-4, 205, jr.

THREE TO SEE

JJ Jelsing, quarterback/strong safety

Hard to tell what’s more valuable – the threat Jelsing poses as a physical athlete, or his understanding of the game patrolling the secondary.

Sim Cass, OL

Unanimous 4A CBBN first team selection protects the blind side — and a new QB.

Tre Jagla, lineman/linebacker

Devereaux calls him the strongest player in the state pound-for-pound. And he means it.

2021 OUTLOOK

First, all-league quarterback Camden Sirmon moved to Montana in order to play his fall senior season. 

Then, next-in-line QB Dawson Pike moved to Mississippi.

So what did Wenatchee do? Rolled with the punches, installing a three-pronged rush attack with speedster Johnny Arezcua alongside versatile hybrid Obadiah Young in the backfield – and Air Force linebacker commit JJ Jelsing under center.

“(Jelsing) can throw it a mile. The kid’s built like Tarzan,” Wenatchee coach Scott Devereaux said.

For the Panthers, expect a spread offense as it breaks away from the Big 9 for the year and opts to play a more localized schedule, playing defending 1A champ Royal, and Moses Lake and Eastmont twice.

“It’s been fun, getting creative, looking at different ways to do things,” Devereaux said.

COVID-19 IMPACT

“We have not been allowed to do anything until last week, which is 10 kids at a time in the weight room. I would say we are not where we want to be compared to other years, but it is what it is and we are going to be ready.” —Scott Devereaux

2020-21 SCHEDULE – WENATCHEE TEAM PAGE

  • March 5 vs. Moses Lake
  • March 12 at Eastmont
  • March 19 vs. Royal
  • March 26 at Moses Lake
  • April 2 vs. Eastmont

Weeks 2 through 5 are assumed to be Friday games, but the schedule has not been finalized.

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