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Washington Preseason Top 10
1. Bellevue Wolverines
A year after a program-defining win over Euless (Texas) Trinity and an undefeated run to a fifth straight 3A state title and 10th since 2001, the Wolverines will again have one of the top teams in the West. Two-way speedster Budda Baker and a loaded offensive line lead the way.
2. Camas Papermakers
After a run to the 4A semifinals last year, the Papermakers will attempt to take the next step behind an offense that features productive quarterback Reilly Hennessey.
3. Bellarmine Prep Lions (Tacoma)
Last year’s run to the 4A state final was powered by a junior (now senior) class that includes running back Lou Millie and wide receivers Garrett McKay and Drew Griffin.
4. Skyline Spartans (Sammamish)
The two-time defending 4A champions were hit hard by graduation. Transfer quarterback Kilton Anderson replaces prep All-American and current USC freshman Max Browne.
5. Eastside Catholic Crusaders (Sammamish)
Deion Fetui is a terrific defensive tackle to build around, while leading rusher Henry Jarvis returns to a team looking to knock Bellevue from its 3A perch.
6. Mount Si Wildcats (Snoqualmie)
Quarterback Nick Mitchell is the top returner for a team that suffered its only two losses to eventual champion Bellevue.
7. Bothell Cougars
The Cougars figure to be improved this fall behind an offense that should light up the scoreboard with quarterback Ross Bowers.
8. Federal Way Eagles
Putting up points will not be a problem with quarterback Keenan Curran and explosive junior running back Chico McClatcher.
9. Newport Knights (Bellevue)
Running back Connor Baumann and tight end Drew Sample are two of the best in the state at their respective positions.
10. Ferris Saxons (Spokane)
There is experience all over the roster. The defensive line will be especially strong behind Adam Martin and junior Keegan Bray.
Three Can't Miss Matchups
9.6 – Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) at Camas
One of Oregon’s best programs will be a good early litmus test for the Papermakers.
9.7 – Bellevue vs. Skyline at the University of Washington
This highly anticipated showdown may be a year late but will be a must-see nonetheless.
9.20 – Ferris at Gonzaga Prep
This will be an early separation game between two of the top Greater Spokane League squads.
2013 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Isaiah Brandt-Sims, RB, Wenatchee
Senior, 5-11, 180
After rushing for approximately 1,400 yards and accounting for 25 touchdowns as a junior, this speedy back, who happens to be one of the top track sprinters in the state, has verbally committed to Stanford after being pursued by BCS-level and Ivy League schools.
2013 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Budda Baker, DB, Bellevue
Senior, 5-11, 180
Another speed merchant out of Bellevue, this playmaker on offense, defense and special teams has college suitors projecting him as a safety at the next level. So far, the list of offers includes Notre Dame, USC, Boise State and Oregon.
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