Wesco South: Teams at a glance

Wesco football preview

• Mariner running back KeiVarae Russell is ‘the total package’
• Q&A with Mariner offensive linemen
• Player to watch: Sam Brown, Jackson quarterback
• Team capsules and games to watch

• Player to watch: Bo Brummel, Arlington tight end
• Teams at a glance and games to watch

• At Marysville Getchell, coach returns to his roots
• Player to watch: Josiah Miller, Oak Harbor
• Teams at a glance and games to watch

[Click here for the Cascade Conference preview.]

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Games to watch

Cascade Bruins
Last season: 0-4 in conference play, 0-10 overall

Outlook: Head coach Nick Clovsky said he hopes to see the Bruins come together as a team this season, saying that was not the case with the 2010 team. Team building has been the primary focus of all camps and practices for the Bruins in the preseason. The Bruins are in the second year of a completely revamped offensive scheme that Clovsky said never really took off last year, which he hopes makes the team more competitive this season. The goal is to utilize the team’s young talent and develop them into a team that can be competitive in the Wesco South.

Impact players: Larry Baker-Bruce, Jr., QB/DB, 5’10”, 170; Max Kenmir, Sr., OL/DL, 6’3″, 230; Steven Rios, Jr. RB/DB, 5’7″, 150; Colin Maltby Sr., OL/DL, 6’1″, 240; Austin Councilman, Sr., OL/LB, 6’1″, 240.

Fresh faces: Randin Crecelius, So., OL/DL, 6’4″, 240; Sean Scheffler, Sr., FB/DL, 6’1″, 235.

Returning starters: Offense, 5; defense, 6

Schedule: Sept. 2 at Lake Stevens; Sept. 9 at Everett; Sept. 16 at home against Marysville-Pilchuck; Sept. 23 at home against Newport; Sept. 30 at Mariner; Oct. 7 at Jackson; Oct. 14 at home against Edmonds-Woodway; Oct. 21 at Kamiak.

Coach’s comment: “Rebuilding the pride and teamwork is priority one for the Bruins. Offseason work and commitment are the keys to success in the fall.” – Nick Clovsky, Cascade coach in second season

Edmonds-Woodway Warriors
Last season: 3-1 in conference play, 6-4 overall (lost in quad-district playoff to Auburn)

Outlook: Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said he thinks his team has enough talent to compete for a league title, but it will come down to chemistry and commitment to the program. The Warriors have to replace several key positions from last year’s team, including quarterback (Tyler Brudevold) and running back (Zack Berg), as well as several key offensive and defensive linemen. Gradwohl says the team is working hard and is confident that it can fill those positions and make another run at the postseason.

Impact players: Spiral Horn, Sr., WR/DB, 5’10”, 180; Jayson Petersen, Sr., OL/LB, 5’10”, 185; Robbie Willcock, Sr., RB/OLB, 6’2″, 220; Sam Song, Sr., OL/DL, 5’11”, 280.

Fresh faces: David Hansen, Sr., WR/DB, 5’10”, 175; Alex Hull, Jr., WR/DB, 5’11”, 170.

Returning starters: Offense, 5; defense 5

Schedule: Sept. 2 at home against Monroe; Sept. 9 at Marysville-Pilchuck; Sept. 16 at Meadowdale; Sept. 23 at home against Mariner; Sept. 30 at Jackson; Oct. 7 at home against Kamiak; Oct. 14 at Cascade; Oct. 21 at home against Redmond.

Coach’s comment: “We have a great group of kids, if they come together as a TEAM, demonstrate leadership and put the team first, we feel great about our prospects.” — John Gradwohl, Edmonds-Woodway coach in 16th season

Jackson Timberwolves
Last season: 3-1 in conference play, 4-6 overall (lost in quad-district playoff to Eastlake)

Outlook: Coach Joel Vincent says the Timberwolves are looking to have another successful year, returning several starters who gained experience with the team last season. Vincent says the players have learned to expect a lot out of themselves and each other, which will help them be successful. Vincent says the offensive line is a strength, which will provide protection for quarterback Sam Brown. The team needs to improve on defense and create turnovers to give the offense field position and more opportunities to score.

Impact players: Sam Brown, Sr., QB, 6’0″, 190; Traishawn Patrick, Sr., RB/LB, 6’0″, 230; Colton Niblack, Sr., OL/DL, 6’3″, 255; Josh Gilbert, Sr., TE/DL, 6’4″, 235.

Fresh faces: Travante Robinson, So., FL/DB, 5’8″, 150; Andrew Dodd, Sr., WR, 6’4″, 215.

Returning starters: Offense, 7; defense, 6

Schedule: Sept. 2 at Marysville-Pilchuck; Sept. 9 at home against Arlington; Sept. 16 at home against Snohomish; Sept. 23 at Kamiak; Sept. 30 at home against Edmonds-Woodway; Oct. 7 at Cascade; Oct. 14 at Skyline; Oct. 21 at home against Mariner

Coach’s comment: “Above all else, we need to stay healthy. Injuries have hurt us down the stretch the last two years as we entered the playoffs. Beyond that, team focus and improvement as the season unfolds will be very important.” — Joel Vincent, Jackson coach in 14th season

Kamiak Knights
Last season: 1-3 in conference play, 4-6 overall

Outlook: The Knights started a significant amount of underclassmen last season on both offense and defense and the team is returning several players who played key roles on the team last year. Head coach Dan Mack says the team has the ability and the players to compete for a league championship, but execution and discipline will be keys to success. Defensively, the Knights have to replace All-League linebacker and the team’s leading tackler from a year ago Drew Duskin, but the secondary and defensive line have a lot of experience. Quarterback Anthony Berg will lead the offense once again with all of his receiving corps back this season as well.

Impact players: Anthony Berg, Sr., QB/DB, 6’3″, 200; Tyler Self, Sr., TE/LB, 6’2″, 195; Mylz Dixon, Sr., RB/DB, 5’9″, 165; Tyree Bethea, Jr., WR/DB, 5’10”, 180.

Fresh faces: Isaiah Lee, Jr. RB/DB, 5’10”, 175; Ian Hughes, Jr., OL/DL, 5’11”, 230.

Returning starters: Offense, 7; defense, 5

Schedule: Sept. 2 at home against Stanwood; Sept. 9 at Lake Stevens; Sept. 16 at home against Monroe; Sept. 23 at home against Jackson; Sept. 30 at Issaquah; Oct. 7 at Edmonds-Woodway; Oct. 14 at Mariner; Oct. 21 at home against Cascade.

Coach’s comment: “We are a team with a good mixture of upperclassmen and underclassmen that have worked hard throughout the offseason. If we stay healthy, we expect to compete for the conference championship and on to state playoffs.” –Dan Mack, Kamiak coach in 14th season

Mariner Marauders
Last season: 3-1 in conference play, 6-4 overall

Outlook: The Marauders return players at key positions that should make them a tough team to beat in the Wesco South. Mariner boasts perhaps the best running back in the state in KeiVarae Russell and that alone should keep Mariner in the mix. The Marauders have to replace quarterback Alex Coffman, whom they lost to graduation after last season and senior Gabe Dye is likely to take on that role. Head coach John Ondriezek says the Wesco South is very competitive, but with hard work and dedication Mariner expects to be in the mix for a Wesco Championship.

Impact players: KeiVarae Russell, Sr., RB/S, 6’0″, 183; Gabe Dye, Sr., QB/OLB, 5’9″, 180; Dominique Law, Sr., RB/DB, 5’8″, 175; Martin Marinez, Sr., OL/DL, 6’3″, 290.

Fresh faces: Hector Ruiz, Jr., OL/DL, 6’4″, 260; Keelen Degamo, Jr., RB/OLB, 5’7″, 160.

Returning starters: Offense, 7; defense 7

Schedule: Sept. 2 at Arlington; Sept. 9 at home against Mount Vernon; Sept. 16 at Stanwood; Sept. 23 at Edmonds-Woodway; Sept. 30 at home against Cascade; Oct. 7 at home against Eastlake; Oct. 14 at home against Kamiak; Oct. 21 at Jackson

Coach’s comment: “We have a number of starters returning. Our kids have worked hard in the offseason and they are enthusiastic and excited about the upcoming season. With hard work and dedication, we are looking forward to having success this season.” — John Ondriezek, Mariner coach in 19th season

Games to watch
Cascade at Lake Stevens
A year ago the Bruins lost a heartbreaker 21-13 to the Vikings in the season opener, beginning a string of losses that lasted the entire season. This year Cascade hopes to start off on the right foot by unleashing its do-everything quarterback Larry Bruce.

Mariner at Arlington
This is a game that the Marauders had circled all summer. A young Mariner team was overwhelmed in Week 1 by the experienced Eagles last season. This year KeiVarae Russell and Co. hope to turn the tables.

Edmonds-Woodway vs. Jackson
This was a track meet last season with the Warriors squeaking out a 52-51 victory over its South rival. This year the Timberwolves hope that hosting the game at Everett Memorial Stadium will turn tables in their direction.

Kamiak at Mariner
This Mukilteo School District rivalry is a fierce one. This year the Knight have to figure out a way to stop Mariner RB KeiVarae Russell, who scored all three touchdowns for the Marauders a year ago.

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