State Previews: Narrows 4A

ESP takes a tour around the state of Washington looking at impact players, top games, and conference favorites…

Just like last season, the Narrows league graduated the majority of their all-league performers. They still have talent coming back, but teams will rely on young players to push them over the top…

Players to Watch

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Sr. Gig Harbor
The five star TE is the top rated player in the state of Washington. He will make his college decision this Monday between Washington and Texas. One thing we already know for sure, is that Austin will tear apart Narrows league defenses this season.

DB Brett McDonald, Sr. Central Kitsap
This is the second year that McDonald has appeared on the list; he is a playmaker on both sides of the ball. Most of the pressure for getting CK back to the playoffs will fall on his shoulders.

DL Griffin Boudia, Sr. Olympia
Griffin earned 2nd team all-league honors last year. Like McDonald, he was on the list as a sophomore.

WR Troy Castle, Sr. Gig Harbor
Castle and Seferian-Jenkins should ease the transition for the Tides new QB. GH will likely spread the field again this year and toss the rock a heavy percentage of the time.

OL Desi Morrow, Sr. Stadium
The only returning 1st team all-league lineman in the conference.

OL Oliver Taylor, Sr. Gig Harbor
Oliver is a massive player that has been getting some interest from colleges this summer. He was a 2nd team all –league performer last year.

DB Isaiah Davis, Sr. South Kitsap
With more than a few teams in the league willing to throw the ball on every down, SK will need a stopper in it's secondary. Davis is a returning all-league performer and should be that guy.

LB Ben King, Sr. Bellarmine Prep
I think Bellarmine will be a bit down this season but King should be a bright spot.

DL Austin Cook, Sr., South Kitsap
South Kitsap has a few defensive all-league performers returning. A stout defense could be the key as it would allow the new position players on offense a chance to ease in.

Top Games

9/10, Graham-Kapowsin @ Gig Harbor (Non-League)
9/17, Olympia @ South Kitsap
9/24 Central Kitsap @ Olympia
10/1, Gig Harbor @ South Kitsap
10/15, South Kitsap @ Central Kitsap
10/15, Olympia @ Gig Harbor

Conference Prediction

Narrows Champ: Olympia

This is going to be a fun league to watch. Incumbent champion South Kitsap graduated the league's top QB, Gordy Anderson, and the offensive player of the year in Leon Ladeaux. That talent loss leads me to believe that they won't repeat. However, SK always seems to find themselves in the playoff hunt and I wouldn't be surprised to see them replace the lost players and still end up winning most their games. Central Kitsap is the only team amongst the favorites that returns their starting QB. Brett McDonald is back and could single handedly carry his team to the title. Gig Harbor is looking to replace their QB, but will break in the new starter with the top two receiving threats in the league in Castle and ASJ. Finally Olympia, who has put together a great team the last few years, and usually relies on a hardnosed running game and great defense. I think the Bears will take the title, but have to admit this was the toughest league in the state to pick… All four teams mentioned above have a great chance to win, I guess that's why they play the games.

As always, there are many more that could have made the list. Visit our forums to let me know who else you think should have made the list.

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