2016 Ferndale Golden Eagles Preview

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Coach: Jamie Plenkovich, 13th season with Ferndale (106-31), 17th season overall (132-43)

Home Field: Ferndale High School

Last Season: 7-4 (5-2 NWC)

Key Losses: OL/DL Chris Hernandez; FB/LB Taylor Bellefeuille; OL Nick Bartel; RB/DL Austin Honeycutt; QB/DB Kyler Schemstad

Top Returnees: RB/OLB Ben Broselle; RB/S Justice Powell; QB/CB James Hinson; FB/S Cole Semu; WR/CB Jacob Kildall; OL/DL Winterhawk Leighton


HISTORICAL COMPARISON: Winterhawk Leighton & Pat Humphrey

Winterhawk Leighton
Pat Humphrey

A former tight end, Leighton has been moved inside to play offensive tackle. He should also continue his dominance from the defensive tackle position, where he’ll be starting for the third consecutive year.

Humphrey was the main lineman of the 1994 team that helped re-juvinate the Golden Eagle program. His AP All-State selection that season was the first for an offensive lineman in school history.


2015 RESULTS

Ferndale 35, Kamiakin 34

Oak Harbor 31, Ferndale 28

Ferndale 34, Blaine 20

Ferndale 20, Burlington-Edison 10

Ferndale 55, Anacortes 14

Squalicum 12, Ferndale 7

Lynden 34, Ferndale 7

Ferndale 49, Sehome 7

Ferndale 20, Sedro Woolley 16

Ferndale 49, Marysville-Pilchuck 20

Bellevue 41, Ferndale 7


2016 SCHEDULE

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09/02 – Vancouver Academy (BC) – 7 PM

09/09 – at Lynden – 7 PM

09/17 – South Kitsap – 4 PM

09/23 – at Arlington – 7 PM

09/30 – Marysville-Pilchuck – 7 PM

10/07 – at Stanwood – 7 PM

10/14 – Oak Harbor – 7 PM

10/22 – at Squalicum – 7 PM

10/28 – Marysville-Getchell – 7 PM


Although they have always been a 3A team, the Golden Eagles will now welcome a full 3A schedule. Playing a schedule filled with larger schools is also something that Coach Jamie Plenkovich is familiar with, when he was an assistant at Sehome in the late 90’s when they were playing in the 4A WesCo League.

“After playing in the Northwest Conference for so long, you get to know the other coaches really well,” Plenkovich said. “Now there’s a new group of coaches, and teams, that you don’t know as well, as far as tendencies and stuff like that. But, they won’t know us as well, either.”

James Hinson
James Hinson

Junior James Hinson returns for his second year as the starting quarterback. Last year he threw for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns, and he will have a lot of his weapons back. He will be backed up by sophomore Conner Obergotsberger.

Ben Broselle
Ben Broselle

Gone is the massive running back Austin Honeycutt, and his 1246 yards and 14 touchdowns, but Coach Plenkovich believes he has the most talented group of running backs he’s had in a while. Justice Powell had 827 yards and eight touchdowns last season, while fullback Cole Semu ran for 424 yards and five scores. Ben Broselle was injured in week one (where he had 150 yards and a TD on just eight carries), and is a very dynamic player. They will be backed up by juniors Alfonso Billy and Gabe Zwade, as well as sophomore Gader Fox.

Jacob Kildall
Jacob Kildall

Senior Jacob Kildall caught 11 passes for 212 yards last season, and he will be looked upon as the number one target for Hinson. He will be backed up by junior Jared Emmert. Senior Sky Freeman led Ferndale with 15 catches last season and will return to the lineup after healing from an injury. Junior Carter Colon and senior Jordan Cristelli will be the tight ends.

Nate Slaton
Nate Slaton

The offensive line may not have the size that it did in 2015, but it’s more athletic. Senior Nate Slaton will start at center, junior Alex Cleary and 6-foot-4 235-pound freshman phenom Geirean Hatchett will play guard. Senior 255 pounder Winterhawk Leighton moves from tight end to play tackle, and junior Mikhail Varetskiy will be the other tackle.

Justice Powell
Justice Powell

Leighton returns for his third year as a starting defensive tackle, and he will be joined by 230-pound senior Jack Bartram at tackle. Hatchett and Varetskiy will be the defensive ends. Other defensive tackles include Slaton as well as senior Kahlao Young and sophomore Darius Washington. Zwade and Fox figure to get into the mix at defensive end.

Cole Semu
Cole Semu

Cleary will play middle linebacker in Ferndale’s 4-3 defense, and he will be flanked by Broselle and Colon. Cristelli will also get valuable time at outside linebacker. Hinson has been starting at cornerback since his freshman year and will lead the secondary. Kildall will be the other corner, with Semu and Powell playing safety. Backups include Emmert and Sequoyah Julius at corner, with Obergotsberger and Watiko Leighton at safety.

6-foot-3 senior Patrick Hegarty will do the kicking, and has worked hard in the offseason to be a really great kicker. Hinson will handle the punting with Powell, Broselle and Semu returning kicks.

The Golden Eagles could have something really special this year, especially if their three running backs have the kind of year that they are capable of having. Ferndale has such a rich football tradition in Whatcom County, it’s time to see what kind of damage they can do against some other schools outside of the county.

Prediction: 6-3


2016 Roster

First Last Number Grade Height Weight Off. Def.
Sky Freeman 2 12 6′ 0″ 190 RB DB
Orlando Alacron 3 12 5′ 10″ 155 WR DB
Patrick Hegarty 4 12 6′ 3″ 180 K
Marcos Ortiz 5 11 5′ 8″ 145 WR DB
Jacob Kildall 6 12 6′ 1″ 180 WR DB
Watiko Leighton 7 10 6′ 0″ 165 WR DB
Nathan Howlett 8 10 5′ 8″ 155 QB K
Justice Powell 9 12 6′ 2″ 190 RB DB
Cole Nickerson 11 10 5′ 8″ 145 WR DB
Jared Emmert 12 11 6′ 0″ 160 WR DB
James Hinson 13 11 6′ 2″ 195 QB DB
Carson Moyes 17 10 5′ 8″ 140 QB DB
Conner Obergotsberger 18 10 5′ 8″ 170 QB DB
Ben Broselle 20 12 6′ 1″ 190 RB LB
Cole Semu 21 11 5′ 10″ 190 RB DB
Mikhail Balko 22 10 5′ 9″ 145 RB DB
Sequoyah Julius 22 10 6′ 0″ 160 WR DB
Gabe Zwade 23 11 5′ 10″ 185 RB DL
Jacob Lamphier 24 10 5′ 7″ 120 WR DB
Andrew Ryan 25 11 5′ 11″ 170 RB LB
Sean Gomes 26 11 5′ 6″ 160 RB LB
Gader Fox 29 10 6′ 0″ 200 RB DL
Philip Valdez 30 12 5′ 9″ 150 WR DB
Logan Otway 31 12 5′ 6″ 125 RB DB
Jaden Schwartz 32 10 5′ 8″ 150 RB LB
Carter Colon 34 11 6′ 3″ 190 TE LB
Alfonso Billy 35 11 5′ 7″ 145 RB DB
Jaden Brown 36 10 5′ 10″ 150 RB DB
Bryan Ebe 38 10 5′ 8″ 140 RB DB
Dillon Snook 40 10 5′ 9″ 145 RB LB
Jarid Poole 42 10 5′ 9″ 155 WR DB
Brett Westford 43 10 5′ 11″ 175 RB LB
Dalton Cristelli 45 12 5′ 9″ 160 RB LB
Jordan Cristelli 47 12 5′ 9″ 180 TE LB
Jeremy Ericson 50 10 5′ 9″ 180 OL DL
Winterhawk Leighton 52 12 6′ 3″ 255 OL DL
Uriah Guilory 53 10 5′ 10″ 200 OL DL
Jack Bartram 54 12 6′ 1″ 230 OL DL
Kahlao Young 55 12 5′ 8″ 205 OL DL
Alex Cleary 56 11 6′ 0″ 185 OL LB
Nate Slaton 57 12 6′ 0″ 230 OL DL
Jurshawn Pina-Wilson 58 10 5′ 8″ 170 OL DL
Spencer Crosswhite 61 11 5′ 11″ 210 OL DL
Patrick Willett 63 11 6′ 0″ 290 OL DL
Nick Slaughter 64 10 5′ 7″ 215 OL LB
Geirean Hatchett 66 9 6′ 4″ 235 OL DL
Morgan Mastorovich 67 11 5′ 11″ 250 OL DL
Kyle Ruiz 69 12 6′ 2″ 280 OL DL
Isaac Martin 70 10 5′ 4″ 163 OL DL
Logan Hildebrand 71 10 6′ 3″ 195 OL DL
Shawn Godinez 72 10 5′ 9″ 180 OL DL
Darius Washington 73 10 5′ 10″ 260 OL DL
Kody Gunderson 75 12 6′ 0″ 215 OL DL
Mikhail Varetskiy 76 11 6′ 2″ 205 OL DL
Anthony Barrera 78 10 6′ 1″ 260 OL DL
Austin Roughton 80 11 5′ 9″ 145 WR DB
Joey Thompson 81 11 5′ 10″ 145 WR DB
Taylor Lupo 82 10 5′ 4″ 110 WR DB
Caleb Long 84 10 5′ 7″ 145 WR DB
Darius Walker-Perkins 85 11 6′ 2″ 215 TE DL
Tyler Hoffmaster 87 10 5′ 10″ 175 TE LB
Micah Oostra 88 11 6′ 1″ 155 WR DB