Key Losses-Cole Ferguson DL/OL, Cody Miller OL/DL,Logan Flenner OL/DL,Spencer Weeks LB/OL,Ethan Hoffman K,Luke Smith LB/RB, Ian Fralich DB/WR, John Fralich DB/WR.
Key Returners- Kiegan Schaan QB/DB, Christian Fralich WR/DB, Gabe Pierson LB/OL, Grant Couzens DL/OL,Jacob Copley DL/OL,Cade Sample LB/TE,Elijah Smith LB/RB.
In 2018 Cascade Christian was a dominant force on the offensive end, scoring 45 points per game and only giving up 14 points a game. Last season Cascade Christian had the best receiving group in 3a football, lead by Ian and John Fralich.
This season they wont have either of them and will be looking to find new playmakers to get the ball to. In 2019 Kiegan Schaan, a top 3 QB in 3a, will need to find Christian Fralich consistently if they want to be successful. Running back Elijah Smith will be another playmaker that didn’t see much varsity time last year that should make a difference in 2019.
The main concern is the Offensive Line. There are many holes created by graduation, including 1st team all state center Logan Fleener, that will need to be filled. This team should still be good, we are just not sure how good. Will they be 1st in league again or will they slip to 2nd or possibly third? We have no idea. For the first time in a decade, the talent gap in the south isn’t extreme.
Cascade Christian lost a lot of talent but return a few guys that made the 2018 team really good. We predict CC to go 7-2 in 2019. They play one hard non-conference game against 4a Klamath Union, who they barely lost to 20-14 last season.
St Mary’s Medford
Key Losses- Alex Heycke WR/CB,Gavin Rajagopal RB/S, Jake Reynolds RB/LB, Aidan Young OL/LB.
Key Returners-Aliiloa Kaeo-Wailehu (Brother) QB/S, Trevahn Foster WR/DE, Josh Covington WR/CB,Cobey Aldrich TE/LB,kevin Min OL/DL,Nate Thickett OL/DL,Sean Snyder OL/DL, Connor Walker OL/DL, John Beattie OL/DL.
Who’s the second loss on CC’s schedule? Could be St. Mary’s.
In 2018 St Marys went 6-4, about the same record as they have gone the past few seasons, They started off slow, losing to Amity and Lost River.
In 2019 they should have a better offense, as nearly everyone returns. The Crusaders should have an improved defense as well, as the young players got a lot of varsity time last season.
This season they will lean heavily on Aliiloa Kaeo and Trevahn Foster, as they will be the best athletes on the team, but also look out for Cobey Aldrich. Aldrich lost weight and added muscle, he’s quicker, and just overall more athletic this season.
This team should be quality, the league is so odd this season we see STM getting anywhere from 1st to 3rd in their league in 2019. We would lean on the second in league, since they improved a good amount from last season, but still haven’t proven they can challenge (no pun intended) CC.
But every dynasty must fall at some point. Even if briefly.
In 2019 we think they will go 6-3 or 7-2 in regular season play. They have the talent to push for the league title, but will wait and see.