2016 Bellingham Red Raiders Preview

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Coach: Ted Flint, 3rd season with Bellingham (11-9), 5th season overall (25-14)

Home Field: Civic Stadium, Bellingham

Last Season: 6-4 overall (independent schedule)

Key Losses: Big play WR, Zach Lorenz (434 yards, 28.9 avg, 5 touchdowns) and last year’s leading rusher, Isiah Harrington (594 yards, 8.3 avg, 9 touchdowns and 14 receptions).

Top Returnees: Joseph Worley WR/LB/K; Dakota Johanson RB/LB; Nick Knutson QB/P; Ethan Fields WR/S; Brahm vanWoerden G/ILB.


HISTORICAL COMPARISON

Joseph Worley
Joseph Worley
Adam Rothenbuhler
Adam Rothenbuhler

Worley became quite the threat last year in the Red Raider passing game, and as a 6-foot-4 senior he will look to become even more involved. He’s a huge match-up problem for opposing teams, and his pass catching ability has given him the nickname, “Jodell Beckham III”. Rothenbuhler was one of the very best to wear the red and white in the decade of the 80’s. Although he played as a more traditional tight end, with his hand in the dirt, he was able to make big plays down the field for Bellingham.


2015 RESULTS

Squalicum 41, Bellingham 14

Sehome 22, Bellingham 6

Lynden Christian 35, Bellingham 7

Bellingham 42, Charles Wright 27

Bellingham 54, Friday Harbor 8

Bellingham 34, Bellevue Christian 33

Bellingham 20, Orcas Island 13

LaConner 24, Bellingham 7

Bellingham 33, Highline 0

Bellingham 35, Granite Falls 15


2016 SCHEDULE

09/02 – Lynden Christian – 7 PM

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09/09 – at Shorewood – 7 PM

09/16 – at Lynden – 7 PM

09/23 – at Blaine – 7 PM

10/01 – Burlington-Edison – 7 PM

10/07 – Sehome – 7 PM

10/14 – at Sedro Woolley – 7 PM

10/21 – Anacortes – 7 PM

10/28 – at Lakewood – 7 PM


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After playing an independent schedule the past two seasons, Coach Ted Flint has his Red Raiders back on track and ready to compete in the strong 2A Northwest Conference.

“The last two years have worked really well for us,” said Flint. “We’ve been able to get more kids to turn out, and now we have a lot of seniors and juniors that have at least a year’s worth of varsity experience.”

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Nick Knuston

Returning at quarterback is junior Nick Knutson. Last year he attempted every one of his team’s attempts, completing 55% for 1134 yards and 12 touchdowns. “He looked really good at practice,” Flint said. “He’s also a great kid and a great leader.” Sophomore Rand Bentley passes the immediate eye test (6-foot-6 191 pounds) and will be Knutson’s back up.

Dakota Johanson
Dakota Johanson

Getting the bulk of the carries in the Red Raiders’ spread offense will be senior Dakota Johanson and junior Connor Wallace. Johnson ran for 215 yards and four touchdowns last season, while Wallace totaled 108 yards on the ground averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Sophomore Eli Kongshaug will also get his chances in the backfield as well.

Ethan Fields
Ethan Fields

Bellingham returns a great pair of wide receivers in Ethan Fields and Joseph Worley. They led the team with 23 receptions a piece in 2015. Fields, a junior, had 247 yards and four touchdowns while Worley, a senior, had 218 yards and three scores. Other receivers expected to make a big difference in 2016 will include seniors Kelton Connors, Nich Smith and Levi DeYoung, and sophomore Spencer Lee.

Nicholas Oesterling
Nicholas Oesterling

The Red Raiders return most of their offensive linemen from last year, and have a bevy of players to choose from up front. Aiden Helming, Hunter Bills and Christian Butenschoen are competing for the center spot, while Brahm vanWoerden, Jade Dudoward and Tevon Lautenbach are competing for the two guard spots. The tackle spots will be solidified with senior Koa Hanks and junior Nicholas Oesterling.

Aiden Helming
Aiden Helming

Last season marked the first time the Bellingham defense shut out an opponent since 2011, and it will look for more of the same in 2016. The interior defensive line will include Oesterling, Dudoward, Helming, Bills and Butenschoen. Playing on the end, or as stand-up outside linebackers, will be a mixture of Connors, Hanks, Worley and Lautenbach.

Brahm vanWoerden
Brahm vanWoerden

The inside linebackers will be stout with Johanson and vanWoerden. Smith, Lee and DeYoung will be on the edge playing corner back while Fields and Wallace will be playing back as safeties. Fields proved to be a big playmaker on defense last season, scoring two defensive touchdowns.

Levi DeYoung
Levi DeYoung

Worley returns as the kicker after booting 25 extra points last year. Knutson will handle the punting duties with Fields, DeYoung and Lee returning kicks.

 

It’s hard to know what to expect out of the 2016 Red Raiders after not playing in the NWC the past two season, but Coach Flint will have his players prepared. They won’t go into games thinking they will lose, they’ll believe that they can win, and I believe they will be greatly improved this year.

Prediction: 4-5


2016 Roster

# Name Year Height Weight Off Def
2 Spencer Lee 10 5’10” 150 WR DB
3 Cole Allain 12 6’0″ 150 WR DB
5 Jonny Henry 10 5’11” 155 QB DB
6 Sebastian Serrano 10 5’4″ 120 WR DB
7 Morgan Cavalier 9 6’0″ 145 QB DB
8 Nick Knutson 11 6’2″ 180 QB DB
9 James Galaviz 11 5’7″ 120 WR DB
10 DJ DeYoung 12 5’10” 210 WR DL
11 Oleg Odushkin 9 5’5″ 122 WR DB
12 Ethan Berschauer 11 6’2″ 180 WR DB
13 Rand Bentley 10 6’6″ 191 QB LB
14 Ethan Johnson 10 6’0″ 138 WR DB
15 Connor Wallace 11 5’8″ 160 RB DB
16 Hayden Woods 11 5’11” 150 WR DB
17 Noah Johnson 11 5’8″ 130 WR DB
20 Levi DeYoung 12 5’11” 155 WR DB
22 Ethan Fields 11 6’0″ 185 WR DB
23 Oberon Pacheco 10 5’10” 130 WR DB
24 Jacob Hallock 10 6’1″ 170 WR DB
25 Gabe Sherman 11 5’7″ 140 RB LB
26 Kelton Connors 12 5’11” 200 WR LB
27 Connor McKay 9 5’7″ 127 WR DB
28 Christian Coleman 11 6’0″ 165 WR LB
30 Nich Smith 12 6’1″ 180 WR DB
31 Cody Tolle 9 5’5″ 135 WR DB
32 Isaac Ninneman 9 5’11” 155 WR LB
33 Trey Clayton 9 5’10” 115 WR DB
34 Jack Fields 9 5’10” 155 RB LB
35 Eric Collado 10 5’8″ 140 RB LB
40 Jackson Taylor 9 5’11” 135 RB LB
41 Saunder vanWoerden 9 5’10” 141 WR LB
42 Dakota Johanson 12 6’1″ 220 RB LB
44 Joseph Worley 12 6’4″ 250 WR LB
45 Eli Kongshaug 10 6’2″ 180 RB LB
50 Jade Dudoward 11 5’10” 180 OL DL
51 Gideon Bachelder 9 5’9″ 150 OL LB
52/46 Nicholas Oesterling 11 6’3″ 200 OL/TE DL
53 Jonathan Alvarez 9 5’6″ 180 OL DL
54 Brahm vanWoerden 11 5’10” 170 OL LB
55 Tevon Lautenbach 11 6’1″ 180 OL LB
57 Wake Kremer 10 5’10” 220 OL DL
58 Aiden Helming 11 5’10” 170 OL DL
59 Sam Isaacson 12 6’2″ 195 OL LB
60 Hunter Bills 12 5’11” 230 OL DL
61 Nick Posey 10 5’7″ 190 OL DL
62 Koa Hanks 12 6’2″ 195 OL LB
63 Matthias Murphy 9 5’10” 158 OL DL
64 Travis Middleton 9 5’10” 158 OL LB
65 Jackson Lee 11 5’6″ 185 OL DL
66 Christian Butenschoen 10 5’11” 225 OL DL
67 Chris Oesterling 9 6’0″ 175 OL DL
68 Matthew Sutherland 9 5’6″ 160 OL DL
71 Chase Johanson 10 6’1″ 210 OL DL
72 Butch Mullins 9 6’2″ 270 OL DL
74 Julian Donohue 9 5’11” 259 OL DL
75 Alex Bonesteele 10 6’1″ 240 OL DL
79 Caleb McDonald 10 5’10” 200 OL LB
80 Evan Hibbing 9 6’0″ 135 WR LB
82 Colton Jovag 10 5’4″ 107 WR DB
84 Andre Triplett 9 5’6″ 127 WR DB
86 Kyler Bogaards 9 5’8″ 145 WR LB
88 Cole Johanson 10 5’11” 135 WR DB