By WILL HOLLAND

Here is an inside look at the 2019 Ballard Beavers football team.

Links: Ballard team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

6-5 overall, 3-2 in 2A/3A Metro League Sound (second place).

COACHING RESUME

Ross Humphries, 4th season

15-15 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 6. Defense – 7.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

QB Ryan Blokker, 5-10, 170, Jr.

WR George Blue, 5-7, 160, Sr.

OL Cooper Croy, 5-10, 240, Sr.

RB Jarman Hauser, 5-7, 155, Sr.

WR Dajean Wells, 5-10, 160, Sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

LB Sam Crocker, 5-10, 180, So.

DL Nowlin Ewaliko, 6-4, 230, Jr.

LB Roman Ewaliko, 6-1, 190, Sr.

DB Yohanes Teshome, 6-0, 185, Sr.

DB Dajean Wells, 5-10, 160, Sr.

THREE TO SEE

Ryan Blokker, quarterback

Reigning second team all-league quarterback who can throw it well out of the pocket.

George Blue, wide receiver

Good route runner with sure hands.

Dajean Wells, wide receiver / defensive back

Two-way playmaker for the Beavers, first team all-league cornerback in 2018.

OUTLOOK

The Beavs had a solid year in 2018, finishing in second place in the Metro League Sound Division.

Coach Humphries returns for his fifth year with a lot of skill-position talent on offense, but will lose a majority of last year’s starters on defense to graduation.

Among those weapons on offense are junior quarterback Ryan Blokker and senior wideout George Blue, who established a connection last year on their six touchdown hookups.

Defensively, Dajean Wells will lead the secondary with his speed and ball skills, hoping to shut down the passing game for a squad that loses a lot of interior defenders.

With the amount of talent they have returning, there’s no reason why the Beavs can’t grab a division title this fall.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: Juanita 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: at Mariner 7 p.m.

Sept. 21: Rainier Beach 6 p.m.

Sept. 27: Lakeside 7:45 p.m.

Oct. 4: Chief Sealth, 5 p.m.

Oct. 11: at Roosevelt, 7:45 p.m.

Oct. 18: at Ingraham, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: Bainbridge, 5 p.m.

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