Friday Night Lights - Triple Dip

Dawgman's Marshall Cherrington and Scott Eklund were out watching prospects at three different games last Friday, with Cherrington watching Eastlake and Eastside Catholic face off in an epic showdown on the Plateau while Eklund headed to Tacoma to see Bremerton face off against Wilson and Lakes host Bellarmine Prep. Here is a look at some of the top prospects that they saw...

Bellarmine Prep at Lakes

It was a tough, hard-fought game at Harry Lange Stadium in Lakewood, but ultimately it was an unsung junior tailback from Bellarmine Prep that made the difference as the Lions came from behind to win 16-14.

Bellarmine Prep RB Nathan Goltermann (2015) - The junior isn't very big, measuring in at just 5'4" and 125 pounds, but he was almost impossible to bring down late in the game as the Lakes defensive front appeared to get worn down. He ground out the yardage in the fourth quarter, making it so the Lions didn't need to throw and had eight carries on Bellarmine's final, 12-play drive to set up the winning field goal with a little over one minute left. At his size, he obviously isn't an FBS or even likely an FCS program, but he can play college football and it wouldn't surprise at all to see him play D-2 ball. He's quick, he's tough and he knows how to squeeze through small creases to get yardage in-between the tackles.

Bellarmine Prep TE/DE Nick Selden (2014) - Selden was the most impressive looking, from a physical standpoint, of the Lions. He's a legit 6'4 and he looks like his listed weight of 220 pounds is also legit. He isn't an explosive athlete, but he's a grinder. I could see him as a walk-on type at a Pac 12 school, but he'll probably be a better fit at the FCS level or he could be pretty dominant at the D-2 level. His best side is probably as a defensive end, but he could be a pretty good blocking tight end as well as he faced off against the best Lakes had to throw at him off the edge and he handled it well.

Lakes DE/TE Benning Potoae (2015) - I have seen Potoae play in at least five games and at several camps and, while I think he's a great looking athlete, I just haven't seen enough from him yet to make me understand why so many schools are rumored to be after him with offers so early in the process. He's a legit 6'3 and 250 pounds, but he hasn't grown at all since I saw him as an eighth grader although he has definitely filled out. He's almost impossible to drive off the ball because he's so naturally strong, but, in most of the games I've seen, the teams just run away from him, nullifying any impact he can have. He doesn't have great lateral quickness, but he's got good feet and a good motor as well. In the second half I didn't see him make one tackle, although my vantage point wasn't ideal so he may have been in on a play or two that I didn't see. Whichever school he ultimately chooses, the guess here is that he will need to move inside since he isn't an elite athlete that can get pressure off the edge. In the game he was cramping up quite a bit and had to come out twice, but he battled through it as best he could and seemed to want to get back on the field as quickly as possible.

Lakes OL/DL Calvin Trotty (2015) - when you design big-time football players, Trotty is exactly what comes to mind when you see him. He's got long arms and he's absolutely cut for a guy 6'3 and 255 pounds. The issue is, he didn't seem to be in the greatest shape as he had to take a breather several times during Bellarmine Prep's final couple drives. He's definitely an inside guy at the next level on the defensive side and probably should get some consideration by FCS programs or maybe a school like Idaho who is looking to upgrade their talent level.

Lakes ATH Melvin Miller and ATH Dedrian Milligan (2017) - Neither played from what I saw, but I have been told that both are special playmakers to keep an eye on as the season moves along. Miller looks like a lot like Cedric Dozier -- an outstanding running back/return man -- while Milligan is athletic and he's got good size already and he's only a freshman. Keep an eye on both of these players as Lakes appears to be headed for a struggle this year due to a lack of upper-classmen (they have just five seniors on the team). They could be impact players this year and definitely should be down the line.
Bremerton at Wilson

It was obvious almost from the opening kickoff that Bremerton had no answer for the speed of Wilson's playmakers. While Bremerton had the size on their side, two of Wilson's players ran circles around them and gashed them for big plays, resulting in a 66-9 win over the Knights.

Wilson QB Julius Yates-Brown (2015) - While he's not very big, Yates-Brown was the biggest reason why Wilson tore Bremerton up. There were several times that the Knights had the junior signal-caller bottled up and he eluded them and took off for big plays, both keeping drives alive (one play on 3rd-and-15 resulted in a 23-yard gain by Yates-Brown) or carving them up with his legs for a big run on a scramble that ended the scoring in the first half -- a 55-yard run that saw him actually run about 100 yards. Yates-Brown will need to be a receiver or returner at the next level, but he's got the open-field skills to really be an asset to a college team, probably at the FCS level.

Wilson ATH Brandon Montgomery (2014) - Montgomery took the opening kickoff back 55 yards, running past several helpless Bremerton coverage guys and then, on the first play from scrimmage, he took a fly-sweep 40 yards for a touchdown, beginning the avalanche of Wilson scoring plays. He's a bit on the slight side (5'7, 150), but he's got legit 4.5 speed and outstanding quickness and, if he's got the grades, I could see him walking on at an FBS program or possibly getting a scholarship to a school like Portland State or Eastern Washingon.

Bremerton OL/DL Taylor Saylor (2015) - Yeah, that's really his name. Saylor is super-strong and held up well against the run on the defensive side and he looked okay as a run-blocker, but in pass-protection he really struggled. Saylor is supposedly a very good baseball player too and that might ultimately be where he focuses his attention once he gets into college, but he's got the frame (6'1, 240) to be a factor on the football field if he so chooses.

Eastlake at Eastside Catholic

With plateau bragging rights on the line, the Eatlake Wolves knocked off the eastside Catholic Crusaders 27-21 behind solid performances from several key players.

Eastlake LB/ATH Drew Lewis (2014) - Lewis was bottled up for most of the game, but he did contribute from his running back position. He had two touchdown runs, both from inside the five yard-line, but didn't get a whole lot else. Lewis finished with around 35 rushing yards on the night. The Eastside Catholic defensive line is one of the biggest in the state and it could definitely be seen whenever Eastlake ran the ball. When Lewis took it outside, specifically on sweep plays, he seemed to have little urgency and went down pretty easily when trying to make cuts up the field. I definitely see Lewis projecting as an outside linebacker at the next level. On defense, Lewis showed solid pursuit and had great awareness of what was going on around him when he dropped back into coverage. However, he only recorded three tackles (unofficially). It was clearly not one of Lewis' best games, as he was hampered by leg cramps for most of the night, but he still contributed with his two touchdown runs. I look for him to respond stronger and healthier in the coming weeks.

Eastlake DB/ATH Troy Lewis (2014) - Of the two Lewis brothers, Troy was definitely more impressive on the night. He had a key 37-yard kickoff return to start off the second half which gave Eastlake all the momentum. At running back, Lewis looked great. He hit holes hard and would just not go down. There were multiple times where he carried defenders on his back for extra yardage. Lewis was quicker than his brother vs. the Crusaders and made some key cuts when running with the ball, especially on some crucial third downs. On defense, Lewis showed great pursuit and was in on about seven tackles (unofficially). He was quick to the ball and finished his tackles with physicality.

Eastlake S/WR Jeffrey Feinglas (2015) - It didn't look like Feinglas was a junior out on the field, as he played with the poise and prowess of a senior leader. Feinglas was all over the field on Friday night at the safety position and had multiple pass breakups. One thing that also stood out about Feinglas was his incredible athleticism. His vertical leap is outstanding (he almost snagged a pass that was about three feet over his head). The athleticism was seen on a kickoff return as well. After Eastside Catholic drove down the field and scored a touchdown to pull within six, Feinglas caught the ensuing kickoff at his own 24 and promptly returned it 76 yards for a score. On the return, Feinglas reversed field and broke four tackles en-route to the end zone. Feinglas is definitely a name to keep an eye on. I'm not sure he's a Pac 12 caliber player at this point, but a small FBS or FCS school is definitely a possibility.

Eastlake QB Blue Thomas (2015) - The Eastlake offense went as Thomas' legs went. The junior was able to escape the pocket multiple times throughout the game as the Eastside Catholic defensive line dropped back into coverage for most of the night. Racking up over 100 yards rushing along with one TD on the ground, Thomas was the key to the Eastlake running game. He was solid through the air as well, but made some bad decisions at times as he threw two interceptions, both on balls that were just lofted up in the air. I don't see Thomas projecting as a quarterback at the next level, but he could find playing time as an athlete on a college roster.

Eastside Catholic WR Devon Arbis-Jackson (2016) - This young wideout was electric whenever he got the ball in his hands. However, Eastside Catholic QB Harley Kirsch was not able to find him many time. When he did, the play resulted in a big gain. On a bubble-screen late in the third quarter, Arbis-Jackson took a short pass 64-yards down field. If he wouldn't have cut back inside at the last second, I think it could have resulted in a touchdown. A similar play occurred in the fourth quarter when Arbis-Jackson took another screen 20-yards or down the field. He finished with close to 100-yards receiving on the night. People around the Eastside Catholic program believe that Arbis-Jackson could be the best player in the state in the 2016 class. He is definitely a name to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Eastside Catholic QB Harley Kirsch (2016) - To go along with Arbis-Jackson in the 2016 class, Eastside Catholic also has quarterback Harley Kirsch. The duo could be a lethal combination for years to come and teams in the 3A Metro division should be on alert. Kirsch is a lefty and throws a very nice ball. He has solid accuracy that should get even better, but then again, he's only a sophomore so you expect that to be the case. Kirsch also has solid arm strength and was great on medium-range passes. Eastside Catholic runs an up-tempo, pistol offense and the sophomore signal-caller showed great command of the offense early. However, as the game went on, there didn't seem to be as much urgency from Kirsch and the rest of the Crusader offense. Kirsch is not the quickest of quarterbacks and could have thrown the ball away multiple times to avoid some of the sacks he took. There is plenty of time to work on this and I think Kirsch will have multiple offers when it is all said and done. He's a very hard worker and has great people surrounding him.

Eastside Catholic C Alex Neale (2015) - When Eastside Catholic needed a short yardage conversion, they ran it behind the junior pivot. On both of Eastside Catholic's short touchdown runs, Neale was able to clear a path and let the running back walk into the end zone. Neale was consistently getting a great push and created holes for Eastside Catholic running backs Henry Jarvis and Bra ndon Wellington. Neale has great size to him and I definitely see him projecting as a center at the FBS or FCS level.

Eastside Catholic RB/DB Brandon Wellington (2016) - Yet another elite player for Eastside Catholic in the 2016. Wellington has great size to him and definitely passes the look test when you see him on the field. He didn't have a huge impact on the game Friday night, but you could definitely tell the Crusader coaching staff was trying to get him the ball. The ball was pitched to Wellington on every kickoff return if it was kicked away from him. Although this resulted in a loss of yards multiple times, Wellington was able to break a few and give the Crusaders solid starting field position. Word is that Washington has already extended an offer his way after a great performance at their Rising Stars camp and there are several more FBS programs that have been eyeing his talents including Pac 12 schools.

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