State Preview: KingCo 3A/2A

Our next stop on the state tour is KingCo 3A/2A conference. Like the KingCo 4A this division holds last year's 3A state champion in Bellevue. There is talent up and down this conference and this may be Bellevue's toughest regular season schedule to date…

Players to Watch

LB John Kanongata'a, Sr. Bellevue
This playmaker is everywhere for the Bellevue defense. The Wolverine offense usually gets most of the credit but don't overlook a defense that shuts down most opponents they see.

RB David Nguyen, Sr. Bellevue
With older brother Peter graduated, David will have to carry more of the load his senior season. I see no reason why he won't put up staggering numbers in this potent Bellevue offense.

DT Julious Moore, Sr. Bellevue
Moore is the most dominant physical presence in the league. He is committed to play football at UCLA this next season. They will need his size and strength early in the season to wreak havoc on the lines from Katy(TX) and Grant(Cal).

OT Jake Hiller, Sr. Bellevue
The returning all-KingCo lineman should anchor the Bellevue running attack. Bellevue always has a disciplined and powerful line; Hiller is the model for that.

QB Trey Wheeler, Jr. Liberty
Wheeler put up great numbers last season for Liberty. Earning him a first team all-conference selection as a Sophomore. I think Liberty is the only team that has a chance to touch Bellevue in conference this season. If they hope to do so it will be behind the arm of their star quarterback.

OG Coleton Langdon, Sr. Liberty
One of two underclassmen that made the KingCo first team as OL. Liberty was easily the most offensively balanced team in the league last year and will need a strong line to open up running lanes as well as protect star QB Wheeler.

RB Chandler Jenkins, Jr. Liberty
As a sophomore Jenkins did everything for Liberty. He returned punts, caught passes, and rushed the ball. He should have even a larger role this season with some senior talent graduated.

RB Brett Kirschner, Sr. Interlake
Kirschner showed Air Force enough as a junior to earn a scholarship offer from them. If he has a big year again as a senior I could see more offers headed his way. He is definitely a player to watch this season.

QB Matt Malos, Jr. Interlake
Both all-conference selections at quarterback were Sophomores last season. Malos led the league in passing last year and I see no signs of slowing down as he returns most of his offensive weapons.

WR Dylan Amell, Sr. Interlake
The favorite target of QB Malos should put up great numbers again. The Saints return their leader in passing years, receiving yards, and rushing yards this season. That combination should lead to a lot of scoring.

DT Cody Treddenbarger, Jr. Juanita
Treddenbarger was an all conference selection on the D-line as just a Sophomore. As he continues to develop and grow I could see Cody turning into one of the most dominant forces in this conference.

Conference Prediction

KingCo 3A/2A Champ: Bellevue

Bellevue is my predicted champion; regardless of who graduates this team is going to perform. They will be battle tested early by teams from Texas and California before heading into their tough KingCo schedule.
Liberty played Bellevue as close as anyone last year and should be right there again. I see Liberty challenging Bellevue in division and making a strong playoff run. Interlake struggled at times last year but returns a very talented offense; they should be able to score on everyone. It is their ability to stop teams that may prove to be the bigger issue. Juanita is an intriguing team as they continue to improve under coach Tarantola. They should be a team to watch this season.

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

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