Year in and year out one of the top teams in Oregon at the 5A level is Mountain View HS of Bend. Brian Crum brings back a young but talented group, as he himself is one of the most respected and successful head coaches in the state.
Wilsonville, Crater, Central, returning 4A state champion Gladstone, and probable 5A #1 Springfield make their non conference schedule the toughest within their classification. Add to this a showdown with crosstown rival Summit (Top 10), and you have what amounts to a challenging season ahead.
Conference Player of the Year Mike Irwin (6-1 190 So.) will return ranked one of the top QBs in Oregon for the 2017 class. As a Sophomore he helped the Cougars to an (8-2 ) record and another IMC title as Crum says, “He is a true dual threat kid and right up there with anyone in the state”. Adding, “Mike is a natural leader and will only get better with another year in our system.”
Irwin accounted for 21 TD’s (15 passing, 6 rushing) while hitting on 68% of his passes in 2014. His 1735 all purpose yards (639 rushing) only helped solidify his dual threat status.
Zach Emerson (6-3 190 16′) will be another big time weapon for Mt View projecting as the state’s top kicker. Coach says, “He’s a Pac 12 type kicker and the best at his position within Oregon.. It’s not even close.” Emerson accounted for 48 touchbacks and has consistent 50 yard range. The Cougars out gained opponents 947-221 in kick return yards, greatly due to his efforts. He has multiple offers at the D1 level in soccer and could very well match that on the football field.
Much like last year the Cougars have multiple QBs who can lead. 6-4 Senior to be Noah Spear is well suited to run the teams system, with Crum and the staff excited about his progression.
Current Sophomore Reed Dixon will be one of the top ranked 2017’s in the State of Oregon at the 5A level. He isn’t your prototypical football kid as he also excels as a ballet dancer and on the track. Coach added, ” He’s the most flexible, strong, and dynamic kid that we have”. Adding, “He started at LB for us as a Sophomore and should make a big splash around the state this season.”
Micah Hoole (LB 17′) and Spencer Klein (FB/LB 17′) are two other young athletes that will be featured out of a deep and exciting 2017 class. Hoole is your do it all kid, while Klein started as a freshman and is physically dominant. Expect him to be an IMC Defensive Player of the Year candidate in the seasons ahead.
Speaking on the youth freshman Riley Straly (6-3 280) could be one of the most recruited athletes for his class in the Pacific Northwest. He started as a freshman, has legit size, and projects at the D1 level. Expect to hear much more about this kid moving forward.
Noah Klein (OL/DL 16), Sam Tiller (FB/LB 16′), and Jordan Vance will be three of the primary upperclassmen that will lead. Klein will carry on family tradition as one of the top players in the IMC with Tiller coming a long way over the last three years.
Vance did not play football as a junior, but earned all conference honors in hoops, and will be a big asset at WR standing 6-3 with hops.
Adam Dehm (S/WR 17′), Jacob Rey (CB/WR 17′), Colton Love (CB/WR 16′), Carson Cromwell (WR/DB 17′), Brandt Waller (DT/OL 18′), and Jacob Cockrum (LB/TE 17′) close out a deep and talented 2017 group. You can expect the Cougars to remain at the top of the charts at the 5A level for the foreseeable future.
Barton Football will travel to Bend for it’s May 3rd Camp and Combine, where we hope to see some of the IMC’s top talent. We wish the kids out of Central Oregon continued success as Mountain View is one of the most well run programs in the state.