(Hare Field- Hillsboro, OR)
There is a bit of excitement building into this coming weekends 2018 season opener for the Washington County Pit Bulls. Among the number of story lines in the off season, the players are eager and ready to see competition other than their teammates. The Pit Bulls fell short in the final Pacific Football League championship and are now looking to make an impression in the Western Washington Football Alliance.
"Its been a long off season grinding it out week after week doing installs and recruiting. We focused on getting back to fundamentals and installs to clean up some technique. We also got ahead of the game in recruiting new young and athletic talent. Our success last season propelled our recruiting. We had to take the time to mold the new recruits and instill the culture of accountability, character, and trust. We kinda got really ahead of schedule on recruiting and it will pay dividends" Head Coach Mark Ancheta commenting on the Pit Bulls off season.
Along with the recruiting of new athletes, the coaching staff also saw some changes. TE Michael Jorgensen suffered an ACL tear in January and is now on the mend. Jorgensen coaches up the wide receivers and tight ends. Coach Brett Matasci comes on board full time after joining mid season in 2017. Matasci is a student of the game that coaches and cleans up a lot of the players technique. Coach Calvin Bell returns as the Defensive Coordinator. The second year defensive coordinator has built onto an already aggressive defense and put his own flare into things. Bell clearly communicates expectations challenges the athletes to raise the bar and perform at very high standards.
Quarterback: Cody Paterson, Andre Bradford, Kyron Carlson, Wilson Walker, Blake Imbholt
Cody Paterson takes the reigns of the offense and opens up the 2018 season. Patterson has been working out with the offense since August of 2018, learning the system and organizing player work outs. Patterson played in two games for the Pit Bulls in 2017 throwing a touchdown coming off the bench against the South Lane Kings. Patterson started in the championship game against the Portland Raiders throwing another touchdown. Carlson a former PNFL Washington Sentinel is a late addition to the team that brings another look as a mobile run option QB. Bradford is an early recruit that signed on and is developing at both QB and WR. Walker is a former Portland Monarch that makes his return to Hillsboro now as a Pit Bull. Imbholt is another PNFL player that played with the Rip City Mafia and had a stellar season before injuring his ankle in the championship game in March.
Running Backs: Darren Boliver, D'ealando Gray, Rodney Grant,
Boliver and Gray are part of the huge recruiting class that brings a lot of youth and athleticism. Both have been working out with QB Patterson and have built some chemistry. Boliver is the quick scat back that brings a change of pace. Grey is a very patient runner that has a knack for running inside zone and picking the holes. Grant builds on his rookie season in 2017 which showed glimpses of a power back with size.
Offensive Line: Carlos Rodriguez-Garcia, Jaylin Wilson, Catarino Rodriguez, Brian Croxell, Shayne Shupp, Walker Rabon, Brian Morales, Stephen Quartuccio
The offensive line had the biggest reboot adding size and strength. Quartuccio, Rodriguez-Garcia, Shupp are three quality additions to the offensive line that builds a solid foundation. "Stephen was our very first recruit signed in September. Rodriguez-Garcia is a Silverton High School product that is already committed to Shasta College. Both Quartuccio and Rodriguez-Garcia are the book ends of the offensive line. Rabon is the veteran and the rock of the offensive line, knowing and playing all positions last season. Shupp another key recruit, solidifies the center position. Shupp is former teammates with QB Patterson and did not give up a sack while playing at David Douglas High School. Wilson, Morales are both coming off of the winter season in the PNFL and looks forward to competition in the WWFA. Croxell is the veteran of the group racking up years of experience dating to the OFL days.
Wide Receivers: Andrew Sedacy, Andre Bradford, Dakota Multrie, Andre Dorn, Antwoine Griffin, Reggie Graham Jr, Brandon Piedra,
Three year veteran Sedacy leads the receiving corp as the most knowledgeable of the offensive schemes and concepts. While Bradford, Multrie, and Piedra are late additions, all three are making contributions when on the field. Dorn is another crown jewel of the recruiting class. A track and field athlete, Dorn has been impressive with making remarkable catches in off season work outs and break away speed. Graham Jr is in his second season with the Pit Bulls and looks to add to his production from a year ago. Griffin rejoins the Pit Bulls after a 2 year hiatus. The season veteran is a wealth of knowledge that shares the game experience and coaches up the new recruits.
Tight Ends: Bransen Stirk, Kenneth Bossen, Matt Hudiburg
All three players are new to the Pit Bulls organization. All three are very large targets for Patterson to find and deliver to. All are physical at the point of attack on run blocking and able to create space with their routes and provide a large catching radius.
Defensive Line: Frankie Gomez, Jaron Jones, Maze Holmes, Richie Olsen, Morales, Rabon, Croxell, Hudiburg
Gomez and Jones are the book ends of the defense. Both are three year veterans into the defensive system and has mastered all the concepts. Holmes is an impressive athlete that can play both tackles as well as fill in at the full back position. Olsen is another former Pit Bull that is returning back into action. Morales, Rabon, Croxell, Hudiburg all cycle in to build depth into the strength of this team.
Line Backers: Jason Cephus, Marquise Mitchell, Sean Mcdonough, Marco Zamora
Cephus is the lone returning linebacker to the newly retooled group. Mitchel and Mcdonough have filled in and learned the system pretty quickly. Zamora another former Pit Bull comes back home and fills an important aggressive linebacker role that puts him in positions to make plays.
Defensive Backs: Billy Ellington, Deonte Shelton, Trevor Dye, Tyler Dye, Alex Yunderberg, Deonta Mcferson, Alex Barr, Adrian Smith
Ellington, Shelton, Trever Dye, Tyler Dye, Mcferson are the core of the secondary. Smith is returning this season on the defensive side of the ball. Rookie Yunderberg played football in Australia. Barr is a huge pick up to boost the secondary bringing athleticism and tenacity.
The Washington County Pit Bulls open up the 2018 season at Hare Field in Hillsboro April 7, 2018. Kick off is at 6pm with gates opening at 5pm. General Admission is $10. Military (with ID) and seniors are $8. Students 14 and under are free. Season tickets will be sold at the gates for $40. The Pit Bulls are grateful for the support of the community and their fans. Thank you for your support in 2018. Go Pit Bulls!!!
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