As promised, CHS fans, here’s a look at tonight’s game with our pick.
CASCADE 2A CONFERENCE FOOTBALL-NONLEAGUE CONTEST
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES AT SAMMAMISH TOTEMS
SAMMAMISH HIGH SCHOOL, BELLEVUE, KICKOFF 7:00 P.M.
The Red Wolves begin the Billy Ojeda era tonight, as the new CHS football coach makes his debut as the Red Wolves’ head man. Ojeda, as we told you this week in our preview, replaces Jason Frederick, who resigned in the offseason to focus on his administrative duties as Cedarcrest’s athletic director.
Likely to get the start under center tonight is junior Kyle Lupo, and he will have some big shoes to fill, taking over for star QB Adam Davenport. Seniors Cody Banks, Jeff Hepner, Joey Hixon and Jake Jewell will also look to lead the Red Wolves in tonight’s contest.
But we want to make a mention of an area that we didn’t do much of in our preview this week – the line. Ojeda has an experienced line, and he likes what he sees out of a lot of those guys. Take for example the Peña brothers, Alberto and Alonso. Both players earned praise from Ojeda. Of Alberto, he told us by email, “Great young man who has made great strides in the program,” and the coach offered the exact same praise for Alonso. Those two will clearly be key elements on that line, and both will be counted on to do nice things this season.
Another lineman Ojeda likes is senior Gentry Price. ‘(He) has made great strides in the off-season, (and was) named Lineman of the camp at a summer camp we attended. We are looking for him to have a big season for us to be successful,” notes Ojeda.
Mount Si High School fans are well aware of how important a good line is to overall success, and Cedarcrest fans will be wanting to pay attention to how their line helps shape things tonight and throughout the season.
As for Sammamish, a look at their current MaxPreps roster this morning shows just 32 kids on the entire team, and while we don’t know if that’s the actual number or not, the Totems, as MSHS fans can remember, have had trouble over the years attracting a lot of kids to the program, and as such, have struggled; last year, they finished 3-7, including a loss to the Red Wolves 21-20 at Cedarcrest High School.
Matt Castle, a junior, may be tonight’s starter under center for the Totems, and players to watch for Sammamish include receivers Andy Matute and Carlos Salazar, and running back Dominick Hampton, all seniors.
Look for this to be another close game, but for CHS to come out on top.
SVSJ pick: CEDARCREST 23, SAMMAMISH 20
Note for Cedarcrest HS fans traveling to Sammamish High School for tonight’s game: Sammamish High School is in the midst of a major reconstruction that is now in its third year of four overall. This week, students moved into the new school building, which was built on the old stadium parking lot on the north end of the campus. With that noted, parking will be at a bit of a premium this evening, so if you can carpool to the game tonight, that would be a good idea. Parking is available at the south end of the campus by the gym. You will be able to access the field from this parking lot.