State Preview: KingCo 4A

The first league we will be looking at this season is the KingCo 4A conference. This massive conference boasts the returning state champion as well as talent at nearly every school. By no means will I name all the players that could have a big year but here are a few as well as my prediction for the conference champion…

Players to Watch

WR/S Kasen Williams, Jr. Skyline
Kasen has a chance to be the number one player on the west coast in the 2011 class. The Junior wideout will probably see more balls thrown his way this season as many of the WR that were around him last season have graduated.

QB Jake Heaps, Sr. Skyline
The all-everything quarterback is poised for another run at the state title in his senior season. Besides Kasen, he has to break in a batch of untested WR's… I don't see him having any issues.

OL Jase Butorac, Sr. Skyline
One of the top linemen in the state finds himself on one of the best teams in the state. Butorac should have the responsibility of protecting Heap's blindside.

LB Anthony DeMatteo, Sr. Skyline
DeMatteo is probably the most well recognized defensive player for the Spartans. DeMatteo is a defensive leader that should put up big numbers again in his senior season.

RB/DB Grant Gellatly, Sr. Issaquah
Issaquah lost a lot of talent from a team that finished second in state behind rival Skyline. Gellatly is easily their most talented returner, much of the responsibility for how the team plays will fall on his shoulders.

OL/DL Maxx Forde, Sr. Woodinville
Big man from Woodinville holds 4 offers from college programs. He should be the anchor for both of Woodinville's lines this season.

OL Colin Porter, Sr. Bothell
This transfer could pay huge dividends for Bothell. A team that could really pound the ball last year will brings in Porter as well as returning two all-league TE's.

TE/DL Michael Hartvigson, Sr. Bothell
Part 1 of Bothell's huge tight end combo. Hartvigson is committed to play for the Huskies next season along with teammate Porter. Last year he was also a playmaker on defense who figures to only improve in his final season.

TE/DL Evan Hudson, Sr. Bothell
Part 2 of the tight end combo that leads Bothell. Hudson hasn't received the same amount of college attention as his teammate but that is no indication of his play on the field. Hudson dominated opponents last season and figures to do the same this season.

DB Matt Law-Phipps, Sr. Ballard
The only all-league returner for a Ballard team that struggled last season. Matt should be a bright spot on a team that figures to struggle again this season.

TE/DE Austin Reifeis, Sr. Eastlake
Eastlake looks to rebound from a small dip in record last season. The team could be poised to make a run at the top of the conference.

Conference Prediction

Crown Division: Bothell
Crest Division: Skyline
KingCo Champ: Skyline

This is a rematch of the KingCo title game from last year. Skyline lost some great talent at WR but still returns the top QB in the country as well as probably the most talented underclassmen on the west coast in Kasen Williams. Bothell lost a great RB in Otterbach but adds monster OL Colin Porter to an already stout line. I see them opening up holes for whoever gets the handoffs this season. I wish I could be more creative with my choices but the talent on these two rosters warrant the praise.

Let me know in our forums who else you think should have made the list.

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