Cascade Conference football capsules

Archbishop Murphy Wildcats

Last season: 7-0 in conference, 12-1 overall; lost 24-21 to Tumwater in the Class 2A state semifinals

Head coach: Jerry Jensen (fourth season)

Key players: Anfernee Gurley, RB/WR/DB/returner, sr.; Kyler Gordon, WR/RB/DB, jr.; Connor Johnson, QB, sr.; Emmanuel Osuoha, RB/LB, jr.; Paul Schireman, WR/DB, sr; Collin Montez, RB/SS, sr.; Jackson Yost, OL/DL, sr.; Ben Hines, RB/LB, jr.; Abe Lucas, OL/DL, sr.; Jesus Echevaria, OL/DL, sr.; Luke Riojas, RB/LB, soph.

Coach’s quote: “We return a group of kids that have significant playing experience. With tough early games against Issaquah (4A), Blanchet (3A) and King’s, it is important that we stay healthy and continue to get better every week. Ending the season with contests against Olympic and Cedarcrest should tell us where we stand heading into districts.”

2016SCHEDULE

Sept. 2Issaquah, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Bishop Blanchet, 5 p.m.

Sept. 16at King’s, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23South Whidbey, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30at Sultan, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7Granite Falls, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14CPC-Bothell, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21Olympic, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28at Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.

Cedarcrest Red Wolves

Last season: 4-3 in conference, 6-4 overall

Head coach: Billy Ojeda (second season)

Key players: Ryan Golden, RB/DB, sr.; Dave Boak, RB/LB, sr.; Kyle Lupo, QB, sr.; Zach Hetherington, RB/DB, sr.; Bradley Gray, TE/DL, sr.; Davis Burpee, WR/DB, sr.; Jaren Stevenson, OL/DL, jr.; Jacob Kirshenmann, TE/LB, sr.

Coach’s quote: “We are a hungry ballclub (that) is trying to get to the next level. The student-athletes have worked hard in the spring and fall. We want to bring great pride to our school and community. If we stay healthy, focused and have a great attitude, we can make some noise in the conference.”

2016SCHEDULE

Sept. 2at Liberty, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9Mountlake Terrace, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16at South Whidbey, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23King’s, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30at Granite Falls, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7Sultan, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14Eatonville, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21at CPC-Bothell, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28Archbishop Murphy, 7 p.m.

CPC-Bothell Eagles

Last season: 3-3 in conference, 5-4 overall; lost 42-6 to Meridian in the Class 1A District 1 playoffs

Head coach: Bill Marsh (third season)

Key players: Andrei Leonardi, OL/LB, sr.; Josiah Sergant, RB/LB, sr.; Jack Flynn, QB/LB, sr.; Bradley Cumley, K, jr.; Jason He, OL/LB, jr.; Luke Lampe, WR/RB/S, soph.

Coach’s quote: “Coming into the 2016 season, Cedar Park Christian football is looking to build upon the momentum of last year’s success. With the largest amount of returning players we have had in a couple of years, we have high expectations of what we can do this year and where we can finish. We look to compete each and every week.”

2016SCHEDULE

Sept. 2Bellevue Christian, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Vashon Island, 7 p.m.

Sept. 17at Sultan, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23Granite Falls, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30Bremerton, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7King’s, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14at Archbishop Murphy, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28at South Whidbey, 7 p.m.

Granite Falls Tigers

Last season: 1-6 league, 1-9 overall

Head coach: Tim Dennis (first season)

Key players: Rudy Engstrom, slot back/FS/SS, sr.; Kory Glover, WR/OLB, sr.; Erik Helm, RB/DB, sr.; Dakota Scherrer, OL/MLB, sr.; Legend Suddarth, WR/MLB, sr.; Hunter Chapman, OL/DL, jr.; Camden Landrum, QB/FS, jr.

Coach’s quote: “We have a strong senior class and we are going to rely on them to lead us throughout the season. We also have several younger kids who are being counted on to step up and play significant varsity time, but they have earned it and we expect them to make big plays for us on Friday nights. We’re installing two brand-new systems and there will be some growing pains that come with it. But, the kids are working hard and have shown tremendous growth between the spring and now. I’m excited to see their hard work pay off this season.”

2016SCHEDULE

Sept. 2Shorewood, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Nooksack Valley, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16Klahowya, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23at CPC-Bothell, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7at Archbishop Murphy, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14at King’s, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21South Whidbey, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28Sultan, 7 p.m.

King’s Knights

Last season: 5-1 in conference, 11-2 overall; lost 28-7 to Royal in the Class 1A state championship game

Head coach: Jim Shapiro (20th season)

Key players: Caleb Perry, RB/DB, sr.; Andrew Cline, RB/LB, sr.; Taylor Schoenfeld, OL/DL, jr.; Chris Metzger, OL/DL, sr.; Cole Critchlow, OL/DL, sr.

Coach’s quote: “We start the year with (Burlington-Edison), Lakeside and Archbishop (Murphy). They’re all tough. For us it’s just going to be, ‘Always try to compete.’ If we can compete early and stay healthy, my prediction is we’ll be competing late.”

2016SCHEDULE

Sept. 2at Burlington-Edison, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Lakeside, 6 p.m.

Sept. 16Archbishop Murphy, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23at Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30South Whidbey, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7at CPC-Bothell, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14Granite Falls, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21at Sultan, 7 p.m.

South Whidbey Falcons

Last season: 0-7 league, 1-9 overall

Head coach: Michael Coe (2nd season)

Key players: Wesly Crain, WR/RB, soph.; Chase Bartlett, OL/DL, sr.; Connor Antich, WR/RB/DB, sr.; Lucas Watson, OL/DL, jr.; Hunter Newman, RB/LB, sr.; Alex Karlov, OL/DL, sr.; Greyson Clements, QB/LB, jr.; Trevor Kleinfelder, OL/DL, sr.; Hunter Ewart, TE/LB, jr.

Coach’s quote: “We have some kids that got some great experience last year. This year we are looking to take another step in the rebuilding of our program. We are bigger, faster, stronger. We still have a long way to go, but we are definitely moving in the right direction. The kids have really bought in and have worked very hard this offseason. We are hoping above all for an injury-free season.”

2016SCHEDULE

Sept. 2at Coupeville, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9Chimacum, 6 p.m.

Sept. 16Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23at Archbishop Murphy, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30at King’s, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7at Concrete, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14Sultan, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21at Granite Falls, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28CPC-Bothell, 7 p.m.

Sultan Turks

Last season: 2-5 league, 2-8 overall; lost 56-7 to Mount Baker in the Class 1A District 1 playoffs

Head coach: Jim Kruckenberg (first season)

Key players: James Dodd, OL/DL, sr.; Zach Zornes, RB/FS, sr.; Morgan Yates, OL/DL, sr.; Trey Sargent, RB/OLB, jr.; Tanner Belcher, RB/MLB, sr.; Andy Sam, QB/DB, sr.; Noah Flemming, RB/OLB, sr.

Coach’s quote: “We’ve got eight seniors returning that have been playing football for a long time and starting here at Sultan now for four years. Great leadership and fast tenacious athletes for the most part. The majority of my team is sophomores and freshmen. (The seniors) have done a great job with that leadership of bringing the young kids up. That’s what we have to rely on is playing these young kids. Even with these young kids, there is talent. These are tough kids. They are Sultan kids and they’re tough. They’ve grown up with little and they know how to work for it.”

2016SCHEDULE

Sept. 2Evergreen, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Cashmere, 7 p.m.

Sept. 17CPC-Bothell, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23at Cascade, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30Archbishop Murphy, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7at Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14at South Whidbey, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21King’s, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28at Granite Falls, 7 p.m.

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