2014 Team Preview: Glacier Peak Grizzlies

Glacier Peak

 

Five Key Players

DT/OL Mosese Fifita (6’1, 285, ’15) – Top athlete on the Grizzlies’ roster and has been hearing from schools for a while. Fifita is dominant on both sides of the ball, possessing a great combination of quickness and strength.

OL Mason Braun (6’4, 320, ’15) – For a guy his size, Braun has remarkably nimble feet and he’s very quick out of his stance. He should be one of the top linemen in Wesco this fall. An injury to his arm is the only concern for him heading into the season. If fully healthy, Braun should be real force for Glacier Peak.

WR/DB Justin Guffey (6’0, 175, 16) – Head coach Rory Rosenbach calls him a big-time playmaker on both sides of the ball. He’s a real leader in the secondary and was the leading tackler for the Grizzlies in 2013.

CB/WR Dexter Carter (5’9, 165, ’16) – The coaches are very excited about what Carter can do on both sides of the ball this season. He’ll spend most of his time concentrating on locking down one side of the field on

OL/DL Logan Pilon (6’1, 190, ’15) – While he’s not the biggest guy, Pilon is the “heart and soul” of the offensive line according to his coaches. He’s a leader both on and off the field for the Grizzlies and someone who will go a long way in how potent Glacier Peak’s new offense will wind up being.

Overview

Glacier Peak head coach Rory Rosenbach has this program rolling.

Since he arrived back in 2008, the Grizzlies have spent the majority of the time at the top of the Wesco 3A standings.

This spring, Rosenbach had over 100 turn out and he and his staff had a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time.

First, they had to get the first look at what will likely be a very intriguing quarterback competition between senior Brady Southard and juniors Andy McCoy and Devyn Rainbow, a Bothell transfer.

The second task on their “to do” list was installing a new offense that will make them much more versatile than they were last year, featuring a much more dynamic running game than they’ve had in recent years with seniors Cole McFadden and Navien Black.

Leading the way for the Grizz up front are Mason Braun, Mosese Fifita and Logan Pilon, all seniors, and a stable of talented youngsters who have yet to prove themselves and figure out what roles they will fill.

The top playmakers outside at receiver are juniors Justin Guffey and Dexter Carter.

Guffey is a playmaker from almost anywhere on the field and Rosenbach and the rest of the staff will use him to stretch the field and keep defenses honest.

Carter is the guy who they will pick and choose how they use him, but make no mistake, everytime he touches the ball, he has the chance to take it the distance.

Both Guffey and Carter are expected to lead what should promise to be a solid secondary, Guffey from his safety spot and Carter as a lock down corner.

Black and McCoy are very good linebackers and in the top two or three defensive players on the team. Both are sure tacklers and vocal as well as emotional leaders.

Up front, Fifita makes things much more easy on the rest of the defense by taking up blockers and collapsing the pocket.

The Bottom Line: Wesco 3A is one of the toughest 3A leagues in the state, but once again, the Grizzlies should be able to challenge for the top spot. There’s plenty of talent and experience and as long as they find their quarterback, they should be able to play with almost anyone in the state.

 

Key Games

vs. Snohomish 9/5

@ Bellevue 10/3

@ Edmonds-Woodway 10/24

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