Monday, August 03, 2009

PrepNation 101 Preseason Countdown: No. 8 Bellevue continues the most comprehensive package of preseason high school football rankings ever published. We are counting down the PrepNation 101 Preseason High School Football Rankings, from No. 101 to No. 26, leading up to the release of the official preseason National Prep Poll on August 3.

8. Bellevue (Wash.)
Last season: 14-0, Class 3A state champion
Coach: Butch Goncharoff
Key players: OT-DT Julious Moore (6-1, 275, Sr.), OG-DT Jake Hilliard (6-3, 260, Sr.), OT-DT Sam Kenney (6-3, 245, Sr.), TE-OT-DE Hank Thayer (6-3, 240, Sr.), OG-DE Marcus Henry (6-4, 240, Jr.), FB-LB John Kanongata’a (5-11, 215, Sr.), RB-DB David Nguyen (5-11, 185, Sr.), RB-DB Sean Coley (5-11, 175, Sr.), QB-WR-FS Kendrick VanAckren (6-2, 185, Jr.), QB-WR-DB Joe Joe Connor (5-11, 173, Sr.)
Outlook: The Wolverines, who have six state titles since 2001, have the experience, talent, and schedule demands that are indicative of a Top 10 team. Seven starters return on offense, including four experienced offensive linemen. The leaders of the group are UCLA-bound two-way tackle Moore and first team all-league guard Hilliard. Taking over the controls of Bellevue’s hard-charging and deceptive-to-read Wing-T offense will be Connor, an ultra quick lower Division I prospect who played about 30 percent of the team’s snaps last season. He will have two returning starters at RB to work with in Nguyen and Coley. There are six starters back on defense, a unit led by all-state LB Kanongata’a. Bellevue has a rigorous non-league schedule that includes a September 12 trip to the Lone Star state to play defending Texas 5A/I champion No. 4 Katy followed by a home game against defending California Open Division titlist No. 90 Grant. The biggest concern for the Wolverines, especially in a game against the likes of Katy, might be depth. Many of the team’s top players play heavy minutes on both sides of the ball.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Who was the last team to beat the Wolverines.Wasn't it a shutout