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Washington’s Top 50 high school football teams in 2022: Talent-rich No. 6 Glacier Peak ready to make loud Class 4A championship noise

On paper, Grizzlies are scary-good. Now, they've got to fulfill all the preseason expectations of being state contenders

SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school teams in Washington ahead of the 2022 season. Here’s an inside look at the Glacier Peak Grizzlies of the 4A Wesco - the No. 6 team in our countdown:

2021 IN REVIEW

7-3 in 4A Wesco (second place); lost to Bothell in Class 4A first round.

COACH’S RESUMÉ

  • Shane Keck, fourth season.
  • Overall record: 18-7.
  • Coordinators (base scheme): Offense – Shane Keck (power spread). Defense – Steve Hannan (3-4).

NOTABLE DEPARTURES

WR/DB Jadon Claps

OL Austin Emmons

OL/DL Jacob Erickson

LB Michael Fant

WR Ashton Olson

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 8. Defense – 4.

TOP PLAYERS

DL Baxter Cox, 6-3, 290, sr.

TE Cooper Jensen, 6-5, 220, sr.

OL/DL Joseph Johnson, 6-5, 225, sr.

RB/DB Ryan King, 6-0, 195, sr.

RB/WR/LB Trey Leckner, 6-2, 230, sr.

DB Liam Lennon, 6-0, 180, sr.

QB River Lien, 6-1, 205, sr.

DB Gabe Russell, 5-10, 180, sr.

WR/DB Logan Szarzec, 6-4, 195, sr.

OL/DL Adam Troxel, 6-0, 240, sr.

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THREE TO SEE

Cooper Jensen, tight end

Oregon State University commit is mismatch problem - split out or bunched up.

Trey Leckner, athlete

Was wide receiver until last fall, and now arguably is most complete tailback in state.

River Lien, quarterback

Seeking contact, he brings ruthless rugby-playing mentality to quarterback position.

SEASON OUTLOOK

As the usual preseason behind-the-scene polling took place, there were a pair of universal thoughts hailing from the 4A Wesco:

* Lake Stevens is the team to beat in Class 4A.

* Glacier Peak has the scariest team on paper.

Coach Shane Keck knows he has a loaded roster with major college-bound talent and potential all-leaguers at every position. And many of those standouts are entering at least their third season in a starting role.

But Keck wants it all to come to fruition - not only as the best squad on paper, but the top team overall.

He wants a Class 4A championship.

"The biggest question is, 'Can we take the next step?'" Keck said.

River Lien is not only the best quarterback in the 4A Wesco - he arguably is the top signal caller in the classification. A dual threat, he could approach 3,000 yards of total offense, if all goes correctly.

"No one has worked harder than him in the 20 years I've been coaching," Keck said. "He loves to play football and put in the work.

"He is a kid who wants to do so well, and has felt so much pressure to do things right rather than just play the game."

Lien doesn't have to do it alone: The senior can hand off to WSU pledge Trey Leckner out of the backfield (as well as Ryan King), or hit the running back on swing passes. He can throw jump-ball passes to Oregon State University-bound tight end Cooper Jensen. And if teams try and take those two alpha playmakers away, he has 6-foot-4 wide receiver Logan Szarzec likely in a lot of one-on-one situations.

"It will be interesting to see how we utilize all of these pieces," Keck said.

The defense is less experienced, but Keck thinks senior Adam Troxel will be the "next Jacob Erickson" - a utility lineman who can drop back into coverage. And Leckner, Will Jenkins and Owen Gluth are all linebackers who are big and can run.

2022 SCHEDULE

  • Sept. 2 vs. Snohomish
  • Sept. 9 at Camas
  • Sept. 17 vs. Ferndale (at Lumen Field)
  • Sept. 23 at Rocklin (CA)
  • Sept. 30 vs. Mariner
  • Oct. 8 at Kamiak
  • Oct. 14 vs. Marysville-Pilchuck
  • Oct. 20 vs. Jackson
  • Oct. 28 at Lake Stevens