State Conference Previews: SPSL 3A

The new look SPSL 3A should be fun to watch this fall. Possibly the most interesting addition is Lakes HS to the conference. A perennial powerhouse, Lakes should give the rest of the league a run for their money...

Aram Mann, Sr., Franklin Pierce

Leading receiver for last years conference champs. Aram is a playmaker that should be hard for the rest of the league to contain. Aram was the leading receiver on a team that had three all-league WR selections.

WR Darius Elliot-Free, Sr., Auburn Mountainview

Second team all-league offense. Darius was an all around offensive threat last season. He rushed, received, and returned for Mountainview. He rang up nearly 900 yards in total offense. I expect to see him called on again this season to do everything for this team.

LB Matt Gayman, Sr., Auburn Mountainview

The only returning all-league performer on defense for the Lions. Gayman should be a leader on this team and one of the best LB's in the league this year.

LB Brooks Roy, Sr., Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce filled out much of last season's all-SPSL teams. With all that talent it was hard to pick the two players I felt would have the most impact this season. Roy was among multiple underclassmen that made all-defense second team. I chose him because at the LB position he should be a leader on defense and a player that makes those around him better. Look for Franklin to have a chance to repeat this season.

RB Wyatt Hampton, Sr., Enumclaw

Enumclaw graduated most of the players that made up last years offense. Wyatt is the only returning player that amassed over 150 yards of total offense. He gained yards for the hornets rushing, receiving, and returning kicks. The all around offensive player needs to have a big year for the hornets.

DL Tuiasosopo Niusulu, Sr., Lakes

All-league second team defense last season. Lakes graduated a lot of talent but is a program that always puts out a good team. Tuiasosopo could be a player they rely on to lead their young team.

C/DL Manaokalani Victorino, Jr., Sumner

First team all-SPSL as a long snapper. Started for the Spartans as a sophomore. Is one of the largest linemen in the league and should be a force to deal with on both sides of the ball this fall.

LB Travis Johnson, Sr., Lakes

As mentioned above, Lakes graduated much of their offensive talent. Like Tuiasosopo Niusulu, Travis is a returning second team all-league player. Lakes will likely rely on their defense early in the season while the offense rebuilds around new QB Dalton Gervais. Johnson should be a leader and a playmaker for the Lancers.

QB Kyle Yanusevich, Sr., Bonney Lake

Quarterback was a leader for Bonney Lake last year. With their leading rusher graduated the team should look to him to lead the offense. He finished last year with 7 interceptions and 7 TDs. If he can minimize the turnovers it he should have a good season.

RB DiJon Shird, Junior, Clover Park

Dijon was an honorable mention all-league player last year. He should be able to have a successful season personally, but I see Clover park struggling in the transition the SPSL.

RB Brandon James, Sr., Peninsula HS

Brandon was the leading rusher and touchdown scorer for the Seahawks last season. I think that Peninsula is going to find the transition the SPSL a tough one. They are going need to be able to score points and Brandon appears to be their best chance.

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