Tumwater football preview: Bulked up Zach Delucco prepared to pave T-Birds; plus Centralia preview

mwochnick@theolympian.comAugust 31, 2013 

Tumwater tight end Zach Delucco, second from right, hit the weight room hard in the offseason to become more effective blocking for the T-Birds’ wing-T offense. DEAN J. KOPEFLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

DEAN J. KOPEFLER — Staff photographer

Tumwater football preview story: Bulked up Delucco prepared to pave T-Birds

Centralia football preview story: Tigers' new coach optimistic

About the Thunderbirds

Coach: Sid Otton, 40th year

2012: 12-2, won 2A Evergreen Conference; lost in 2A state final 

Offense: Coordinator (set) — Jamie Weeks (wing-T); returning starters — 6

Top players: QB Jayden Croft, 6-0, 180, sr.; TE Zach Delucco, 6-5, 210, sr.; RB Christian Cummings, 5-9, 180, sr.; RB Tyrus Snow, 6-2, 195, jr.; OL Nathan Padgett, 6-1, 195, sr.; OL Hunter Moore, 5-11, 170, sr.; OL Dayton Newell, 5-11, 190, sr.

Defense: Coordinator (set) — Pat Alexander (multiple); returning starters — 6

Top players: DB Gabe Gleizes, 5-10, 175, sr.; DL Korye Trejo, 6-0, 240, sr.; DB Logan Schiendelman, 6-0, 175, sr.; LB Trevor Davis, 6-2, 190, sr.; DL Nick Foerstel, 6-2, 220, sr.

Outlook: Is a third state title game appearance in five years on the horizon? The T-Birds, winners of three consecutive 2A EvCo titles, have the skill-position players and quick defense to make another deep postseason run. ... Foerstel, who had a team-high seven interceptions in 2012, already has scholarship offers from Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington. ... Otton, the state’s all-time winningest coach, is four wins away from career win No. 350.


All games at 7 p.m
* Denotes 2A Evergreen Conference game
Home games in CAPS

Friday, Sept. 6 — SHELTON

Friday, Sept. 13 — at Timberline

Friday, Sept. 20 — at Inglemoor

Friday, Sept. 27 — CAPITAL *

Friday, Oct. 4 — at W.F. West *

Friday, Oct. 11 — BELLARMINE PREP

Friday, Oct. 18 — at Centralia *

Friday, Oct. 25 — RIVER RIDGE *

Friday, Nov. 1 — at Black Hills *


About the Tigers

Coach: Matt Whitmire, first year

2012: 0-9, sixth place in 2A Evergreen Conference

Offense: Coordinator (set) — Wayne Compton (spread); returning starters — 4

Top players: QB Joe Blaser, 6-0, 170, sr.; OL Josh Harmon, 6-0, 255, sr.; WR John Sharkey, 6-1, 180, sr.; WR Pat Neely, 6-1, 195, sr.

Defense: Coordinator (set) — Dan Hill (3-5); returning starters — 4

Top players: DL Jovany Almanza, 6-0, 220, sr.; DB Oscar Jackson, 5-11, 180, sr; LB Jacob Monohon, 5-11, 200, jr.

Outlook: There’s nowhere to go but up for the Tigers. Whitmire, a 1987 Tenino High graduate, is in his third head coaching stint (Pe Ell, White Salmon). He was an assistant coach for the Tigers in 2012. … Centralia has a wealth of speed and skill-position players, led by Blaser, who threw for more than 1,200 yards in 2012.


All games at 7 p.m.
* Denotes 2A Evergreen Conference game
Home games in CAPS

Friday, Sept. 6 — HOQUIAM

Friday, Sept. 13 — at Washington

Friday, Sept. 20 — ABERDEEN

Friday, Sept. 27 — at Eisenhower

Friday, Oct. 4 — at Capital *

Friday, Oct. 11 — at River Ridge *

Friday, Oct. 18 — TUMWATER *

Friday, Oct. 25 — BLACK HILLS *

Friday, Nov. 1 — at W.F. West *

-- Meg Wochnick, staff writer

 Previous previews: Shelton, Yelm, Black Hills


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