By WILL HOLLAND
Here is an inside look at the Nathan Hale Raiders 2019 football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
4-5 overall, 2-2 in 2A/3A Metro League – Valley (third place).
Hoover Hopkins, 15th season
Offense – 5. Defense – 6.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
FB Finn Davido, 5-7, 170, Jr.
OL Justin Hagemeyer, 6-5, 250, Sr.
OL Mac Jordan, 6-3, 240, Sr.
RB Gus Zarkades, 5-9, 225, Jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Joey Aprin, 5-9, 150, Sr.
DL Jaedin Johnson, 5-11, 210, Jr.
LB Pat McGough, 5-11, 170, Sr
LB Gus Zarkades, 5-9, 225, Jr.
THREE TO SEE
Finn Davido, fullback / linebacker
Hard downfield runner with a year of starting experience.
Justin Hagemeyer, offensive lineman
Put on a ton of muscle since the end of the 2018 season, will open up a lot for the run game.
Mac Jordan, offensive lineman
Completes a dynamic duo in the trenches, “tremendous leader” (per coach Hopkins).
2018 marked a big improvement on the field for the Raiders, who went 2-8 the previous season.
The team pulled out a 5-5 record, competing game in and game out with opponents in their Metro League Valley Division.
This year, coach Hopkins is very confident in his wing-T offense, but says that the team will have to have “22 starters to make a run,” which stresses the importance of a solid defensive front.
They return a big duo in the trenches this year in third-year starters Mac Jordan and Justin Hagemeyer, who will prove invaluable in the Raiders’ run-heavy offense.
2019 should be a big year for the Raiders, as they should continue to build upon last year’s finish with their solid group of experienced talent.
Sept 6: Lynnwood 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Chief Sealth 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Mountlake Terrace 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: West Seattle 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Sammamish, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Franklin, 7:45 p.m.
Oct. 18: Cleveland, 6 p.m.
Oct. 25: Cedar Park Christian, 7 p.m.