Here is an inside look at the 2019 Glacier Peak Grizzlies football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
8-2 in 4A Wesco (second place); lost to Eastlake in 4A districts
Nick Bender, fourth season
Offense - 5. Defense - 7.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
OL Jacob Anderson, 6-4, 275, sr.
RB Ryan Black, 5-10, 185, jr.
OL Tony McDaniel, 6-0, 260, sr.
WR Patrick McKenzie, 5-8, 160, jr.
WR Trevor Meldrom, 5-10, 170, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Ryan Black, 5-10, 185, jr.
DL Mason Bridges, 6-0, 265, sr.
LB Logan Clay, 6-1, 175, sr.
DL Tony McDaniel, 6-0, 260, sr.
DB Trevor Meldrom, 5-10, 170, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Jacob Anderson, offensive lineman
He went from unknown to now team’s top tackle; also a standout lacrosse goalkeeper
Ryan Black, linebacker
Team’s leading returning tackler at outside linebacker also was top ball hawk
Trevor Meldrom, defensive back
Cornerback was one of two sophomores in league to garner all-Wesco honors in 2018
In its first 11 seasons in school history, Glacier Peak has never posted a losing record -- and won eight or more games last season for the sixth time.
Normally, when a team loses 23 seniors, including seven all-4A Wesco first teamers, a fallback is expected. And the Grizzlies do have big shoes to fill in replacing Ayden Ziomas, their four-year starting quarterback.
But this is a program that just doesn’t endure deep valleys. They have 130 players out this summer, and once again expect to challenge Lake Stevens for the league championship.
Meldrom and McKenzie are explosive pass catchers, and Black should be a big-time contributor in his first full season at tailback. But the Grizzlies have to figure out not only who will run the offense (sophomores Ryan Kinney and Tyson Long are frontrunners), but how much they can handle as a new starter.
Sept. 6: at Edmonds-Woodway, 5 p.m.
Sept. 13: Snohomish, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Jackson, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Kamiak, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Cascade of Everett, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Lake Stevens, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Mariner, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Monroe, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Mount Vernon