Here is an inside look at the 2019 Bishop Blanchet Braves football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
5-4 overall, 3-2 in the Metro League Mountain division (third place); lost to Yelm in a week 10 district playoff game, 24-14.
Dominic Salle, second season
Offense – 3. Defense – 3.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Alex Johnson 6-4 200, sr.
WR Andrew Hollomon 6-0, 175 , sr.
WR Dylan Lee 6-0 185 , sr.
RB Luke Gardner 5-8 165, jr.
RB Milo Bouchard 5-8, 170, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Andrew Hollomon 6-0 175 , sr.
DL Chris Dyckman 6-3 225, sr.
LB Jack Jarvis 5-10 220, sr.
DT Jacob Nguyen 5-8 205, sr.
Dom Kelly 5-10 225, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Alex Johnson, quarterback
Metro League honorable mention as a junior. Threw for 1,192 yards (50.3 percent completion) and eight touchdowns opposite seven picks, per MaxPreps.
Andrew Holloman, receiver
Metro League honorable mention as a junior.
Connor Stutz, punter
Metro League honorable mention as a punter. Averaged 33.3 yards per punt, per MaxPreps. Also saw time at backup quarterback.
Bishop Blanchet made the postseason in Dominic Salle’s first season as head coach. Can the Braves make another run?
To do so, they must replace the production of 12 graduated all-league selection and all but six starters. But what the Rebels lack in returning starters, they have in role players.
Quarterback Alex Johnson, who received Metro League honorable mention honors as a junior, returns. The 6-4, 200-pound arm will have wideouts Andrew Hollomon and Dylan Lee outside, and Luke Gardner and Milo Bouchard to hand the ball to in the Braves’ split back offense.
Will they possess enough to secure the third spot in the most competitive league in the state again behind nationally ranked Eastside Catholic and last year’s 3A runner-up O’Dea?
It’s a tall task. They will have to get past a strong Rainier Beach team, a re-tooled Seattle Prep and the playmakers at Garfield.
Sept 6: Hanford, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Chiawana, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Hermiston (Ore.), 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: Kamiakin, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Davis, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Pasco, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17: Walla Walla, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Richland, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Southridge, 8 p.m.
*home games in bold