One of the top brother tandems in the country is Connor (6-2 195 Jr.) and Jonny Neville (6-4 200 Jr.) of Wilsonville. Most are familiar with the pair as Connor holds offers from Boise St and Washington St, ranking as one of the top QB’s in the country for the 2017 class. Thus far he has thrown for 22 TD’s and 1 INT (hail marry) in five games, for a Wildcats team that is 7-0 and ranked the #2 team in the State. He sat out weeks 5 and 6 with an injury.
That said as his brother Jonny has the potential of being the state’s top receiver. The rangy junior is pushing 6-5 and requires a consistent double team if you want to contain him. Wilsonville exploits this with the top 5A receiving core in Oregon. On the season Jonny has hauled in 25 receptions, for 450 yards, and 11 TD’s. Averaging 18 yards per catch.
Senior leader Elijah Benedick has recorded 37 touches (25 receptions, 12 rushes) for 807 total yards and 4 scores, also rushing and returning a punt for a TD. Harrison Steiger (6-3 180 Jr.) will be another one of the state’s top ranked WR’s. His 26 catches for 560 yards, and 13 TD’s speak to his upside.
Rounding out the ridiculously talented group is Justin Altenhofen (6-2 175 Jr.) , brother of Boise St WR and former Player of the Year Tanner Shipley. Justin has caught 23 balls for 399 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Speaking on his receivers Connor says, “Each of them would be the individual superstar if on a different team”. Adding, “Jonny is big, physical and sneaky fast… He will be tough for anyone to stop.”
Neville Continued, “Harrison is a freak of nature and one of the top receivers in the state, and Elijah is one of the most dangerous players in Oregon anytime he has the ball in his hands.”
Much like the others Altenhofen ranks as one of the top junior’s in the state. Connor added, “Justin just get’s it done, and consistently get’s open and beats his defender.”
This quad four and all everything QB Neville will make the Cats extremely tough to beat. Head Coach Adam Guenther has done a phenomenal job, building the program into a 5A power. His (45-17) record since taking over in 2010 brings to light how far the school has come. During the three years prior to Guenther’s arrival the Wildcats were (13-17).
Expect to hear much more about the Neville’s as the regular season winds down. They will be a legit state title contender heading into the playoffs, with their two toughest NWOC games to close the season; #3 Liberty (7-0), #7 Hillsboro (6-1).
Connor and Jonny made a decision at a young age to dedicate their lives to football. Anyone that knows the duo will tell you what good character kids they are. Exciting times lie ahead at Wilsonville, for what looks to be one of the most talented set of brothers ever to come out of Oregon. We will bring you updates as they happen.