Here is an inside look at the 2019 Rogers Rams football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
5-5 in 4A SPSL (fourth place); lost to Mount Si in 4A districts
Gene Bowen, 16th season
Offense – 2. Defense – 0.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
RB/WR Cameron Beck, 5-10, 165, so.
WR Bryce Erath, 6-0, 195, so.
WR Jaylan King, 5-10, 165, jr.
WR Tyrese Rios, 6-1, 200, sr.
OL Zach Rossmeier, 5-11, 225, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Dylan Doane, 5-9, 180, jr.
DB Kole Metsker, 5-10, 170, jr.
DB Titus Riddall, 5-10, 185, sr.
LB Alex Suazo, 5-9, 205, sr.
DB Cruz Villarreal, 5-8, 160, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Cameron Beck, wide receiver
If the theme of this year’s squad is speed, nobody is faster than this 100-meter finalist
Tyrese Rios, wide receiver
Will be Rams’ first four-year starter at this position, and has been offered by CWU
Zach Rossmeier, offensive lineman
Interior blocker’s flawless technique and ability to stick on pass rushers is huge
After senior-driven runs to the playoffs, Bowen has been in this position before.
He knows nobody expects the Rams to repeat that effort, especially with just two returning starters (Rios, Rossmeier).
But the one element that the Rams have that should offset their overall inexperience is speed — and lots of it in the skill positions.
Rios will be the go-to playmaker from the get-go. His 30 catches and five touchdowns in seven games last season are the only statistics posted by projected starting receivers this season.
Somebody has to get Rios and company the football, and the quarterback battle is down to two underclassmen — junior Anthony Pizi and sophomore Isaac Looker, the son of former NFL receiver and current Rams’ offensive coordinator Dane Looker. Both have big-time arm strength.
Sept 5: Curtis, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at South Kitsap, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Olympia, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Skyview, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Sumner, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Emerald Ridge, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Graham-Kapowsin, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Puyallup, 7 p.m.