Here's an inside look at the 2A North Mason Bulldogs.
2018 IN REVIEW
4-6 in 2A Olympic League (fifth place)
Frank Hepler Jr., second season
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
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
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.
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.