State Preview: SPSL South

The SPSL South was one of the most competitive conferences in the state last season. This season should be more of the same as talent is spread throughout the league. See who ESP thinks will come out on top at the end of the season…

Players to Watch

DL Happy Iona, Sr. Bethel
Iona is the most physically talented and dominant player in the conference. He has committed to play football at Oregon St. next year and the Beavers should love what they will see from this recruit throughout the season.

RB Anthony Merey, Sr. Bethel
The leading rusher from last year, Merey will be called upon to carry most of the offense this season. If Bethel wants to be at the top of the conference it will likely take a huge season from their senior back. He is one of three all-league first team RB's returning for a senior year.

RB Richard Southern, Sr. Curtis
Curtis is my favorite for the conference title. Southern is a talented runner that could be the best offensive weapon in the conference this season. Curtis is breaking in a new QB and a great running game will make his transition easy. He is the second of three all-league first team RB's returning for a senior year.

DL/OL Chris Edison, Sr. Curtis
Edison is a mauler and leader for the Curtis team. He had the rare honor of being recognized as a first team player on both sides of the ball last year. He should be the anchor on both sides of the ball and specifically opening holes for RB Southern.

RB Shay Patton, Sr. Spanaway Lake
Shay is the last of three all-league first team RB's returning for a senior year. Spanaway Lake was in the middle of the conference last season and could surprise people by moving into a playoff spot this year.

WR Jamaal Jones, Jr. Graham-Kapowsin
Jones was one of the only sophomores across the state to earn all-league honors. He is a true playmaker at the WR position, and we have only scratched the surface of what he can do. He should be a fun player to watch over the next two seasons.

TE Sal Arena, Sr. Puyallup
The returning all-league TE will be a leader for a Puyallup team that is young. That doesn't mean there is talent, so a good start early could spell big things for the Vikings.

OL Josh Garnett, So. Puyallup
Garnett is a beast that could have played as a freshman last year if the district had allowed. I saw him down at the Competitive Edge combine this summer and he was easily one of the most dominant OL. Already has a verbal offer from UCLA and will likely be seeing more come in over the next few years.

DL Damon Britt, Jr. Decatur
Britt is another talented player that earned all-league honors as a sophomore. He should be a force for a Decatur team that figures to struggle a bit in league. Decatur only had one win in conference and will look to improve on that this season.

RB/DB Bennet Bontemps, Sr., Rogers
Bennet had a very good summer, specifically earning all camp honors at the camp hosted by Jason Gesser. He is the top returning playmaker for a team that had a very successful season last year and could be looking at another run in the state playoffs.

QB Dalton Gervais, Sr. Rogers
Gervais is a transfer from Lakes that has gotten a lot of attention this past summer. There are questions surrounding his departure that should follow him up until the start of the season. Rogers graduated their starting QB and will look to this transfer to take things over. This should be an interesting storyline to follow.

Conference Prediction

SPSL South Champ: Curtis

This has probably been the toughest pick I have had to make for any of the conferences. The SPSL South had as many or more underclassmen on their all-league team as any other conference. Those players are a year older and should make their teams even better this season.

With the talent they have returning, I think that Curtis will end up being the top team in the conference. That being said, I think that there are a few teams that will have a chance to compete for the title. Rogers specifically is a team that I see being very competitive and could blow by Curtis for the title. Puyallup, Bethel, and Graham-Kapowsin will also provide competition. I don't see a team running the table in conference this season, I think that whoever wins this conference will take at least one loss and we could see a group tied at the top of the conference like last season.

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


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