SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school teams in Washington ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Auburn Mountainview Lions of the 3A NPSL – the No. 45 team in our countdown.
SPRING 2021 IN REVIEW
5-0 in 3A NPSL (first place).
- Jared Gervais, 11th season.
- Overall record: 55-49.
- Coordinators (base scheme): Offense – Jared Gervais (spread). Defense – Kent Rodseth (3-3 stack).
RB/LB Berkley Alfrey
WR Landen Bowser
WR/DB Teagin Child
OL/DL Carlos Cordova-McCoy
OL/DL Keanu Mailoto
WR/DB Josh Toney
Offense – 6. Defense – 6.
OL Gurjaikarn Aulakh, 6-3, 250, sr.
DL Dyland Balles, 6-2, 195, jr.
QB Kayde Bodine, 5-11, 170, jr.
DB Taylor Davis, 6-2, 170, sr.
DL Isaiah English, 5-9, 165, sr.
WR Nazar Stasyuk, 6-2, 175, sr.
RB/LB Andrew Thompson, 5-8, 175, sr.
WR/LB Keagan Williams, 5-9, 185, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Kayde Bodine, quarterback
Has a bit of an improviser style to him, but Lions love his playmaking ability - and experience as an upcoming third-year starter.
Andrew Thompson, running back
Sat behind 3A NPSL player of the year Berkley Alfrey last spring, but this fast-twitching tailback will get all the work he wants now.
Keagan Williams, outside linebacker
Team's best two-way player is a smart, savvy contributor on the strong side, and he rarely gets out of position or outworked.
FALL SEASON OUTLOOK
The high-offense 3A NPSL is one of those leagues kind of built for the "Wild, Wild West" - whichever team gets its shot off first usually is left standing.
And somehow, the Lions have been as good as anybody in figuring out how to come out on top - like last spring.
The one thing Gervais has in a league full of high-volume quarterbacks is that he has a starter in junior Kayde Bodine that took early lumps (4-6 as a ninth grader in 2019), then rebounded to lead the squad to an unbeaten spring more than a year later.
"Obviously having Kayde back for a third year is big, and he keeps getting better," Gervais said. "He's looked great at making good throws."
And because the Lions have a backup signal caller they trust, Gervais said he expects Bodine to excel more as a runner in the option game.
"Running is one of his strengths," Gervais said.
But the Lions will have to overcome a few big losses, notably 3A NPSL player of the year Berkley Alfrey, special teams MVP Teagin Child and defensive lineman of the year Keanu Mailoto.
Gervais feels the graduation of that trio will be felt more on defense, especially with question marks in the secondary. But he is excited about the high-ceiling potential of 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore John Wanlemvo, a basketball standout who will be at free safety.
"He is a competitive kid, and I like that he gets on teammates a little bit," Gervais said.
- Sept. 3 vs. Kentridge
- Sept. 10 at Kentlake
- Sept. 16 at Decatur
- Sept. 24 vs. Auburn
- Oct. 1 at Mount Rainier
- Oct. 8 vs. Beamer
- Oct. 14 vs. Auburn Riverside
- Oct. 21 at Kent-Meridian
(Featured photo courtesy of Brian Keller)