If I’m a betting man I would take Westview to be the next consistent power out of the Metro League. Two years in and Head Coach Ryan Atkinson has done an outstanding job, putting together one of the top coaching staffs in the Pacific Northwest. Former Oregon St greats Alex Linnenkohl (NFL-Chicago 2011, Arena-Iowa 2012) & James Dockery (NFL- Cleveland, Carolina, Oakland 2011-15) along with elite trainer Aaron Woods, (Arena 2010-14) are just a few of the individuals that separate the group.
The Wildcats have some of the state’s top young talent coming up through the youth ranks, and an excitement within the football community that hasn’t been seen in some time. That said as Westview won 5 of there last 6 last season, before losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs to Jesuit. Quarterback Zac Schmerber (6-0 160 17′), one of the state’s statistical leaders, will return and lead the prolific offense. Scout.Com 3* Safety Jason Rucker (6-2 183 17′) and D1 projected WR Mason Elliott (6-3 184 17′) will be two other key components.
Schmerber threw 30 TD’s and 4 INT’s, hitting on 72.2% of his passes (244 for 338) in 2015. An unreal stat for the first year starter. Elliott earned his first D1 offer from Idaho, while catching 80 passes for 1071 yards and 11 TD’s, opposite record breaking wide out Samori Toure, now at Montana.
I would consider Westview the exception as Southridge, Sunset, Beaverton, and Aloha have all plateaued, in what was traditionally Oregon’s toughest conference. Atkinson and his staff deserve a lot of credit as they are only going to get better in the years to come. Speaking on his staff coach says, “One of the goals was to put together a group that has played a high level of collegiate and professional football”. Adding, “It’s important for our guys to be role models and individuals that the kids can emulate.”
Look for the Cats D line to be one of the most intriguing pieces to the puzzle. Junior’s Luke Vrvillo (5-10 240 DT 18′) and Justin Babock (6-3 210 DE 18′) return after earning All Metro honors last season. They look to be two of the top D lineman in the state for the 2018 class. Senior D end Kurtis Franklin (6-2 200 17′) has a stock that is rising quickly, while additions yet to be named, could make this one of the regions best groups.
Two other talented senior’s that will play a crucial role include Reed Foster (6-1 195 RB 17′) and Dane Brooks (6-1 217 LB 17′). Foster is a downhill runner and should offset the pass happy offense . Brooks has continued to improve and could be one of the top defenders in the Metro.
Referencing other positives within the program Atkinson says, “We have spent a lot of time embracing the community and establishing a support group with our booster club”. He added,” There has also been a relationship established with our youth program, implementing our system from the 3rd grade on up, both with our playbook & strength and conditioning programs.”
Westview looks to be an Oregon 6A top 10 team this season. Returning state champion Jesuit loses 36 seniors, but will still be the team to beat within the conference. That said as the Cats will be challenged early traveling to #4 Sherwood to start the season. We will keep you updated as the year progresses.