Previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in Washington: No. 44 North Creek Jaguars

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 North Creek Jaguars of the 4A KingCo Crown – No. 44 in our countdown.

Editor’s note: North Creek is in the Puget Sound Region of Washington’s COVID-19 reopening plan. The West and Puget Sound Regions moved to Phase 2 of the reopening plan on Feb. 1, which means moderate and high risk high school sports can return to competition.

2019 IN REVIEW

7-3 (third place in 4A KingCo Crown); lost to Kennedy Catholic in the 4A district round.

COACH’S RESUMÉ

  • Torrey Myers, fourth season.
  • Overall record: 13-16.
  • Coordinators (base scheme): Offense – Adam Olsen (spread, zone read). Defense – Mikah Franz (3-4).

NOTABLE DEPARTURES

RB Izayah Boss

P Nathan Craig

OL Hithesh Gopal

DB John McAteer

DE Nick Mitchell

DB Oscar Palacios

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 9. Defense – 4.

TOP PLAYERS

RB Ryan Aceto, 6-0, 215, sr.

QB/WR/DB Jack Charton, 6-2, 215, sr.

OL/DL Koli Faaiu, 6-3, 320 sr.

WR/DB Rami Hakim, 5-11, 170, sr.

LB Eric Lee, 5-10, 175, jr.

OL/DL Sam Lokeni, 6-1, 310, sr.

OL Ty Pumma, 5-11, 260, sr.

WR/DB Rocco Traore, 5-10, 175, jr.

TE/WR Abe Woodward, 6-0, 190, sr.

THREE TO SEE

Ryan Aceto, running back

Physical, one-cut workhorse runner is natural fit in North Creek’s mass-yardage outside-zone rushing attack.

Jack Charton, athlete

Going to Sacramento State on a track scholarship, this “decathlete” fills a number of roles, including quarterback.

Koli Faaiu, offensive tackle

Mans left tackle for Jaguars, but he’s been snapping at practice in anticipation of interior move at Utah.

2021 OUTLOOK

It is no easy task growing up in the North Shore School District – not with Class 4A powerhouses Bothell and Woodinville right down the street.

But one development appears to be taking shape – this up-and-coming fourth-year school is no longer the outclassed little brother to those two programs.

What coach Torrey Myers, a former University of Washington and Montana assistant coach who spent time in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, has established is a successful, physical run game that led the 4A KingCo in rushing in 2019.

“We are a wide-zone (rushing) team, and I am a firm believer in that from my days at Montana,” Myers said. “We have a good grasp on how to block for it against good defensive fronts.”

Ryan Aceto is a much different tailback than Izayah Boss, a home-run threat who paced the league in rushing yards per game in 2019. The senior is a patient power back who puts his foot in the ground and cuts north-south for positive yards.

The area where North Creek has really grown – literally and figuratively – is up front in both offensive and defensive lines. Koli Faaiu is the FBS signee at Utah, but Sam Lokeni is a good interior blocker and Ty Pumma finally has the center job all to himself.

Jack Charton is an interesting performer in all of this: He has been the starter at quarterback, but is expected to play some at wide receiver – and full-time at free safety, which arguably is his best position.

That will give junior Kennedy McGill a clear path to playing time at quarterback.

“Jack may be our best quarterback, our best wide receiver and our best defensive back,” Myers said.

COVID-19 IMPACT

“We have not seen the kids at all since March, except on weekly zoom meetings. Socially and emotionally, it has been very difficult. We all miss each other a great deal. I know many of our kids are still finding ways to stay fit but it’s not the same.

“We have done weekly zoom meetings … (and) done scheme installs, talked about leadership and had numerous NFL coaches and players as guest speakers.” – Torrey Myers

2020-21 SCHEDULE – NORTH CREEK TEAM PAGE

Yet to be determined.

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