State Preview: SPSL 3A

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

There is a new look in the SPSL 3A. Gone are White River, Franklin Pierce, Clover Park and Sumner... Lakes has been the cream of the SPSL 3A crop for a few years now, but with the graduation of ten all-league performers, can they keep it up again this season…?

Players to Watch

OL/DL Zach Banner, Jr, Lakes
Last season, Banner was still working his way into his massive frame. I expect to see him really take off this season. Banner has the size and athletic ability to be one of the top tackle prospects in the country next season.

DL Eddie Releford, Sr., Lakes
Releford is one of the two returning all-league players in the conference. The DE will need to step up and lead the younger players that will step in around him.

QB/DB Cedric Dozier, Jr. Lakes
Dozier was first team all-league as a defensive player last season. The real question will be how he performs on offense this year for the Lancers. He has great athletic ability and will need to be the playmaker on offense for Lakes.

TE Tyler Carlson, Jr., Enumclaw
Carlson was a 2nd team all-league performer last year as just a sophomore. Enumclaw lost their all-league QB and will need to fill in some other holes throughout the roster.

Skyler White, Jr. ABM
White didn't put up huge numbers last year sharing carries. He should get the full load this year, and could put up some good numbers.

WR Jake Boley, Sr. Peninsula
Boley was an honorable mention all-league last season. Will get more balls thrown his way this season with some all-league members graduated.

Top Games

9/3, Lakes @ Clover Park (Non-League)
9/11, Enumclaw @ Union (Non-League)
9/17, Lakes @ Capital (Non-League)
10/1, Lakes @ Peninsula
10/22, Enumclaw @ Bonney Lake

Conference Prediction

SPSL South Champ: Lakes

To be honest, it was really hard to find players for the list. Lakes had a dozen players that could have made the list last year, but graduation has left the Lancers with only 4 returning starters. Releford and Dozier were the only all-league players returning to the conference.

I am going to predict that Lakes wins the title, simply because I think Dozier is the biggest playmaker in the conference. Decatur's drop to 3A should see their win total increase, but not enough to win the league. Enumclaw and Peninsula were two of the better teams in the league last year, but both graduated QB's and will be rebuilding as well.

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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