Here's an inside look at the 2A R.A. Long Lumberjacks.
2018 IN REVIEW
0-9 overall, 0-6 in 2A Greater St. Helens League (seventh place)
Dave McDaniel, second season
Offense - 0. Defense - 0.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
RB Jacob Johnson-Valencia 5-11, 200, Sr.
QB Julian Sheldon 5-9, 150, Soph.
WR Gage Kotera 6-0 160, Jr.
WR Mitch Berquest 5-11, 170, Sr.
OL Alberto Balbuena 5-11, 220, Sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Rene Alvarez 5-8, 160, Sr.
DE Nate Castle 5-11, 170, Jr.
LB Jorge Aguilar 5-9, 150, Soph.
LB Hamson Eram 5-10, 200, Jr.
DB Illyas Mehrer 5-10, 150, Soph.
THREE TO SEE
Gage Kotera, wide receiver
Missed most of last season with a broken collarbone, but returns as the Lumberjacks’ top target.
Jacob Johnson-Valencia, running back
Fast and in the words of coach Dave McDaniels, is “built for contact.” Missed most of last season with ankle issues.
Hamson Eram, linebacker
Moved to Longview late last season and stood out on JV. This season, he’s the team’s top linebacker.
R.A. Long’s season will be defined by youth.
Second-year coach Dave McDaniel helms a team that returns no starters, and will look to its talented young corps of freshmen and sophomores to gain valuable experience, particularly a driven group of sophomores who have set the tone in the weight room.
The Lumberjacks, who went winless last season, may struggle again, but see ample opportunity for young players to step up.
Sept 6: at Fort Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Kelso, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Hockinson, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: Woodland, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Elma, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Ridgefield, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Columbia River, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Washougal, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Mark Morris, 7 p.m.
*home games in bold