Here is an inside look at the Lakes Lancers 2019 football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
8-3 in 3A PCL (first place); lost to Yelm in 3A first round
Dave Miller, 20th season
Offense - 7. Defense - 6.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Justin Brennan, 6-0, 175, jr.
OL Aaron Evans, 6-2, 170, sr.
WR Jaedon Hall, 6-3, 195, jr.
OL Zefanaia Magalei, 6-1, 255, sr.
RB Devon Nofoa-Masoe, 6-0, 200, so.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB/LB Jaedon Hall, 6-3, 195, jr.
DL Zefanaia Magalei, 6-1, 255, sr.
LB Jaydon McMillon, 5-11, 200, sr.
LB J.J. Niuamoa, 6-0, 235, sr.
LB Devon Nofoa-Masoe, 6-0, 200, so.
THREE TO SEE
Jaedon Hall, wide receiver
With Phillip Riley gone, he becomes clear primary outside target in explosive offense
Devon Nofoa-Masoe, linebacker
Attacks like his hair is on fire, he is one of more impressive Lakes athletes in years
J.J. Niuamoa, linebacker
Addition of 2A SPSL's co-defensive MVP from Washington strengthens lively crew
After losing much of its offensive nucleus off the school's first league championship-winning squad since 2011, you'd think Lakes was in for a downward turn.
Don't bet on it.
The Lancers should be in the thick of things again, likely led in a different manner -- on the strength of their defense, which features one of the best linebacking groups in the state.
McMillan and Niuamoa will team up to make a formidable inside duo, allowing Nofoa-Masoe -- a Troy Polamalu-type attacking hitter -- to shift outside. Hall will play the "sniper" position, coming up from his free safety spot.
If Brennan, who was the backup at Curtis last season, continues to take firm charge of the offense, showcasing himself as an accurate passer with an ability to run, the Lancers will be dangerous -- even if they are young.
Sept 6: at Capital, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Central Kitsap, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Mount Tahoma, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Stadium, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Bethel, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17: at Spanaway Lake, 7 p.m.
Oct 25: Lincoln, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Wilson, 7 p.m.