Here is an inside look at the 2019 Central Valley Bears football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
6-4 in 4A Greater Spokane League (fourth place)
Ryan Butner, fourth season
Offense – 8. Defense – 3.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
OL Brad Fillis, 6-4, 250, sr.
QB Matt Gabbert, 6-5, 225, sr.
OL Preston Grote, 6-4, 250, sr.
RB Ryan Harper, 5-10, 190, sr.
WR Cameron Sheley, 5-10, 170, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DB Chad Carlson, 5-8, 165, sr.
DL Tate Cornell, 6-0, 250, sr.
DL Preston Grote, 6-4, 250, sr.
DB Ryan Harper, 5-10, 190, sr.
DL/LB Kody Vaughn, 6-1, 215, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Tate Cornell, defensive lineman
Strength of Bears’ line in middle, and all-league nose tackle expected to plug inside run
Matt Gabbert, quarterback
First cousin of NFL quarterback Blaine Gabbert throws high-heat fastballs for passes
Ryan Harper, running back
With two all-GSL tailbacks graduated, Harper expected to shoulder rushing attack
Butner knows he has the league’s most powerful pocket passer in Gabbert, who might end up becoming an all-state candidate if the Bears’ offense lives up to its lofty billing.
Last season’s passing attack was hindered by a group of first-year wide receivers who have shown great improvement this offseason, led by Sheley.
If their talented-but-inexperienced, sophomore-heavy defensive backfield comes together quickly, Central Valley could be in position to win its first league title since 2017.
Sept 7: at Bellevue, 1 p.m.
Sept. 14: Garfield, 1 p.m.
Sept 20: at Ferris, 8 p.m.
Sept 27: at Lewis and Clark, 5 p.m.
Oct. 4: Coeur d’Alene (ID), 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Mount Spokane, 5 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Mead, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: Gonzaga Prep, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: University, 7 p.m.