By WILL HOLLAND
Here is an inside look at the 2019 Ballard Beavers football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
6-5 overall, 3-2 in 2A/3A Metro League Sound (second place).
Ross Humphries, 4th season
Offense - 6. Defense - 7.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Ryan Blokker, 5-10, 170, Jr.
WR George Blue, 5-7, 160, Sr.
OL Cooper Croy, 5-10, 240, Sr.
RB Jarman Hauser, 5-7, 155, Sr.
WR Dajean Wells, 5-10, 160, Sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Sam Crocker, 5-10, 180, So.
DL Nowlin Ewaliko, 6-4, 230, Jr.
LB Roman Ewaliko, 6-1, 190, Sr.
DB Yohanes Teshome, 6-0, 185, Sr.
DB Dajean Wells, 5-10, 160, Sr.
THREE TO SEE
Ryan Blokker, quarterback
Reigning second team all-league quarterback who can throw it well out of the pocket.
George Blue, wide receiver
Good route runner with sure hands.
Dajean Wells, wide receiver / defensive back
Two-way playmaker for the Beavers, first team all-league cornerback in 2018.
The Beavs had a solid year in 2018, finishing in second place in the Metro League Sound Division.
Coach Humphries returns for his fifth year with a lot of skill-position talent on offense, but will lose a majority of last year’s starters on defense to graduation.
Among those weapons on offense are junior quarterback Ryan Blokker and senior wideout George Blue, who established a connection last year on their six touchdown hookups.
Defensively, Dajean Wells will lead the secondary with his speed and ball skills, hoping to shut down the passing game for a squad that loses a lot of interior defenders.
With the amount of talent they have returning, there’s no reason why the Beavs can’t grab a division title this fall.
Sept 6: Juanita 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Mariner 7 p.m.
Sept. 21: Rainier Beach 6 p.m.
Sept. 27: Lakeside 7:45 p.m.
Oct. 4: Chief Sealth, 5 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Roosevelt, 7:45 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Ingraham, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Bainbridge, 5 p.m.