2022 Oregon Class 6A football season preview: Sherwood Bowmen to be challenged in Pacific Conference

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The Sherwood Bowmen do not expect the arrival of a new coach to change the trajectory of the program in 2022. The Bowmen cruised through the Pacific Conference and reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs in 2021 The Bowmen are the team to beat in the conference, but they will be challenged by a number of teams.

Here’s an overview of the conference with the teams listed in alphabetical order.

JAGUARS OF THE CENTURY

Coach: Daniel Kernan, 4th season

records 2021: 1-8

Players to watch: Elijah Garcia, RB, 5-6, 160, SR; Dylan Blake, C, 6-3, 240, SR; Tyler Sagapolu, OL/DL, 6-1, 195, SR; King Luafutu, RB/LB, 5-11, 190, JR; Brandon Pierson, OL, 5-10, 280, JR; Ethan Wedel, WR/LB, 5-8, 180, JR; Aydin Ellis, WR/DB, 6-1, 145, JR; Cam Smith, WR/DB, 5-8, 165, JR; Avery Williams, WR/DB, 5-8, 160, JR; Jonny Ellis, QB, 5-8, 175, JR

Outlook: The Jaguars will have experience on the offensive line with Sagapolu and Blake all earning honorable mention from all leagues in 2021. That’s good news for Garcia, also an honorable mention selection last year. Defensively, Wedel will be an anchor, with Ellis in the secondary. The Jaguars expect an improvement in 2022.

GLENCOE CRIMSON TIDE

Coach: Ian Reynoso, 5th season

records 2021: 4-5

Players to watch: Spencer Krussman, OL/DL, 6-1, 260, SR; Lucas Anthony, WR/DB, 6-0, 180, SR; Cayden Mack, WR/DB, 5-10, 175, SR; Colby Stampflee, RB/LB, 5-11, 220, JR

Outlook: The Crimson Tide lost a number of players in the 2021 season, forcing Reynoso to bring in younger players. This experience will be positive for the Crimson Tide in 2022. The offensive line will be anchored by Krussman, an honorable mention selection from all leagues in 2021. Mack, an honorable mention selection last season, will be the secondary leader.

FREEDOM FALCON

Coach: Eric Mahlum, 15th season

records 2021: 6-4

Players to watch: Ryan Berger, OL/DL, 6-5, 285, SR; Nate Smith, OL/LB, 6-3, 205, SR; Vincent Cabezudo, RB/DB, 5-8, 165, SR; Landon Webber, WR/DB, 6-3, 180, SR; Colby Jones, FB/LB, 6-0, 175, SR; Michael Campos, RB/DB, 5-11, 185, SR; Zain Kiser, RB/DB, 5-10, 160, SR; Patrick Wooley, OL/DL, 6-5, 350, JR; Tanner Steinbach, RB/DB, 5-11, 175, JR; Mitchell Denniston, FB/DL, 5-11, 185, JR; Mitchell Mahlum, OL/DL, 6-3, 240, JR

Outlook: The Falcons are to replace quarterback Hiro Diamond, the 2021 conference offensive player of the year. Whoever is at quarterback in 2022, he will play behind Berger, the co-offensive lineman of the year in 2021 and Wooley, a first-team, all-conference selection on both sides of the ball in 2021. Steinbach was a second-team selection at safety and Smith was an honorable mention in 2021.

MCMINNVILLE GRIZZLIES

Coach: Ty Tomlin, 2nd season

records 2021: 3-6

Players to watch: Mason Yochum, WR/LB, 6-0, 190, SR; Austin Rapp, RB/SS, 5-6, 170, SR; Hunter Hopkins, OL/DL, 6-6, 285, SR; Tyler Mishler, WR/DB, 5-9, 170, SR; Tyler Martino, RB/LB, 6-1, 195, SR; Jesse Jones-Nguyen, OL/DL, 6-2, 215, SR

Outlook: Entering his second season, Tomlin said he believes the culture is changing in the Grizzlies locker room. Rapp, a second-team all-conference pick, will run behind an experienced offensive line led by Jones-Nguyen and Hopkins. The Grizzlies expect to be much improved in 2022.

NEWBERG TIGERS

Coach: Jeremy Johnson, 2nd season

records 2021: 3-7

Players to watch: Hudson Davis, RB/LB, 5-9, 205, SR; Sylus Worthington, OL/DL, 6-3, 240, SR; Derek Burton, OL/DL, 6-5, 290, SR; Ryan Burton, OL/DL, 6-2, 300, SR; Daniel Valdez-Espinoza, K, 5-10, 190, JR

Outlook: The Tigers will have plenty of new players to replace a roster of senior players starting in 2021. Davis, the 2021 conference defensive player of the year, will anchor that unit. The Tigers struggled early but finished the season with three straight wins and pushed No. 1 seed Lake Oswego to the limit before losing 49-40 in the first round of the state playoffs last season . Johnson is looking to continue that momentum through the 2022 season.

SHERWOOD ARCHERS

Coach: Mark Gribble, 1st season

records 2021: 7-5

Players to watch: Oliver Fisher, TE/DL, 6-5, 225, SR; Alex Armas, OL/LB, 5-11, 210, SR; Trent Hodney, OL/DL, 6-1, 270, SR; Nathan Fillinger-Palotay, OL/DL, 6-0, 240, SR; Brayden Ross, RB/LB, 5-10, 192, SR; Austin Hannan, QB/DB, 5-10, 155, SR; Nick Gribble, RB/DB, 6-1, 185, SR; Nolan Scott, RB/DB, 6-0, 160, JR

Outlook: Gribble has no plans to change the Bowmen’s “Wing T pistol” offense that helped them lead the conference table and reach the state playoff quarterfinals. Hannan and junior Kasen Covert will battle at quarterback to lead the offense behind an offensive line led by Hodney, the conference’s 2021 co-offensive lineman of the year. The Bowmen will be put to the test when they start their league schedule. They start the season with West Salem, Clackamas, Lakeridge and Jesuit, teams that posted a combined 38-10 record in 2021.

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