Here is an inside look at the 2019 Ferris Saxons football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
6-4 in 4A Greater Spokane League (fifth place)
Tom Yearout, third season
Offense – 7. Defense – 5.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Jack Clavel, 6-1, 170, sr.
OL Caleb Halvorsen, 6-0, 220, sr.
WR Casey Hocking, 6-4, 180, sr.
RB Javon Ruffin, 5-6, 160, sr.
RB Nate Schlosser, 5-8, 185, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Jake Davis, 5-10, 200, sr.
DB Zach Fleming, 6-2, 170, sr.
DB Kwame Qadir, 5-10, 185, sr.
LB Javon Ruffin, 5-6, 160, sr.
LB Nate Schlosser, 5-8, 185, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Jake Davis, defensive lineman
First team all-GSL defensive end (and top wrestler); a tireless sideline-to-sideline hunter
Zach Fleming, defensive back
Don’t let slender frame fool you — he’s a FCS-level physical press-coverage cornerback
Nate Schlosser, linebacker
Top running back is also a “bellcow” in middle of defense as three-year starter on ‘D’
When Yearout left Lewis and Clark for its rival, Ferris, the pieces were in place to rebuild the Saxons into the same type of physical, punishing group as his last program.
Of those sophomores who saw significant playing time back in 2017, eight of them are senior starters heading into this season. Depth is coming, and Yearout said he has never had more NAIA/NCAA Division III recruit types on his roster at one time than now.
What Ferris lacks compared to the top contenders is rock-solid stability at quarterback. Clavel (passer) and Qadir (all-around “Slash” type athlete) will likely share the job in the early going. Both will play in certain packages, and need to be productive for the Saxons to contend for their first league crown since 2013.
Sept 6: at Moses Lake, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Lake City (ID), 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Central Valley, 8 p.m.
Sept. 27: at University, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Shadle Park, 5 p.m.
Oct. 10: at North Central, 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 17: at Gonzaga Prep, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: Lewis and Clark, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Mead, 5 p.m.