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North Mason Bulldogs: 2019 Washington high school 2A football preview

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Here's an inside look at the 2A North Mason Bulldogs.

Links: North Mason team page | 2019 schedule |Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

4-6 in 2A Olympic League (fifth place)

COACHING RESUME

Frank Hepler Jr., second season

4-6 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense - 6. Defense - 6.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

WR Jacob Anderson, 5-7, 145, sr.

WR Ryan Nogues, 5-11, 165, sr.

RB Reece Smelcer, 6-0, 205, sr.

TE Mason Shumaker, 6-0, 180, jr.

QB Shawn Ward, 5-11, 160, sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DB Julian Betancourt, 5-11, 170, sr.

DL Jared Dyer, 5-10, 250, sr.

LB Caden North, 6-1, 185, jr.

DL/LB/DB Mason Shumaker, 6-0, 190, jr.

LB Reece Smelcer, 6-1, 205, sr.

THREE TO SEE

Ryan Nogues, wide receiver

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Coaches think he's a late bloomer with great speed, instincts

Reece Smelcer, running back

With Dylan Tupolo graduated, he has backfield touches all to himself

Shawn Ward, quarterback

Perfect dual-threat fit for Hepler's hybrid spread/Wing-T offense

OUTLOOK

It is safe to say the Bulldogs will go as far as Smelcer can carry them.

Smelcer will be a two-way workhorse. On offense, Hepler estimates his senior will get 85 percent of the touches among skill-position players, and the running back has planned accordingly in the offseason by packing on a few more pounds of bulk.

On defense, Smelcer will move between outside linebacker and strong safety, and is arguably the team's most reliable tackler.

If Ward can make enough plays, with his legs or arm, to keep the chains moving, this could be an intriguing sleeper full of versatile athletes.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: Shelton, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: Klahowya, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: at Olympic, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 27: Sequim, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 4: at Bremerton, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 11: at La Salle, 6 p.m.

Oct. 18: North Kitsap, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: at Kingston, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 1: Port Angeles, 6:30 p.m.

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