Here is an inside look at the 2019 Kent-Meridian Royals football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
4-6 in 4A NPSL Sound (third place)
Justin Callander, second season
Offense - 5. Defense - 4.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
TE Jeziel Dewitte, 6-4, 230, jr.
WR Demiko Fox, 5-7, 160, sr.
WR Chris Korman, 6-1, 175, sr.
OL Kaden Oglesby, 6-0, 225, sr.
WR Ronald Wilson, 6-3, 180, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Armani Brooks, 5-7, 170, sr.
LB/DB Jamar Craddieth, 6-2, 180, sr.
LB Terrance Graham, 6-0, 210, sr.
DB Ja’Vaughn Hylton, 5-9, 160, sr.
LB Naweji Mohamed, 5-6, 150, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Jamar Craddieth, linebacker
In team’s switch to 4-4 scheme, he is moving piece (from safety to outside linebacker)
Kaden Oglesby, defensive lineman
When he extends his hands, it’s not to say hi -- it’s to move by you and get to backfield
Ronald Wilson, wide receiver
Posted nearly a 1,000-yard receiving season for Royals’ high-flying attack in 2018
If you weren’t paying attention, Kent-Meridian was one of the top offenses in the 4A NPSL last season (430 yards per game).
Callander plans on matching last year’s production, but just in a different way.
Highly-productive Isaac Cordova (3,200 passing yards, 35 TDs) has graduated, and the Royals think senior Ashaunyeh Barclay, a transfer from California, is the next man up. He has impressed teammates with his confidence.
Whoever ends up being the quarterback -- Wilson had been mentioned earlier in the summer as a candidate to switch, too -- Callander envisions more of a split between 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing from his signal caller.
Sept 6: at Issaquah, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19: Kentridge, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28: at Decatur, 6 p.m.
Oct. 4: Auburn Riverside, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10: at Auburn, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19: Jefferson, 6 p.m.
Oct 25: Mount Rainier, 7 p.m.