Here is an inside look at the 2019 Mount Vernon Bulldogs football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
8-3 in 4A Wesco (third place); lost to Mount Si in 4A first round
Nic Vasilchek, third season
Offense - 3. Defense - 2.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
WR Dylan Carter, 6-2, 150, sr.
RB Miguel Castro, 5-10, 180, sr.
WR Carlos Garcia, 6-2, 180, sr.
QB Skyler Jensen, 6-0, 200, sr.
TE Van Stroosma, 6-2, 190, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Dylan Carter, 6-2, 150, sr.
LB Miguel Castro, 5-10, 180, sr.
DB Carlos Garcia, 6-2, 180, sr.
DB Franklin Grullon, 5-7, 150, sr.
DL Van Stroosma, 6-2, 190, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Miguel Castro, running back
Graduated RB Seth Tercero posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, so he knows floor
Carlos Garcia, wide receiver
In team’s ‘Basketball on Grass’ offensive philosophy, all-leaguer gets up and goes
Van Stroosma, defensive lineman
Bulldogs lost a lot on defense, especially along line; he’s expected to get to quarterback
It wasn’t all that long ago that Mount Vernon had one of the state’s longest losing streaks in football -- 21 games (2015-17).
Now it seems like a distant memory.
When coach Vasilchek came out from Georgia in 2017, he did the one thing needed to succeed in this sport -- encourage athletes from the other two sports to come out and play football.
He said what sold the other athletes was pace -- very fast.
Last year, not only did the Bulldogs win their first playoff game since 1984, they enjoyed success across the board. Both their junior varsity and ‘C’ teams were seven-win squads, and those young players should make an immediate impact in 2019.
Sept. 6: at Burlington-Edison, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Sedro-Woolley, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Cascade of Everett, 5 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Lake Stevens, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Monroe, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Mariner, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Jackson, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Kamiak, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Glacier Peak, 7 p.m.