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Here is an inside look at the Lincoln Abes 2019 football team.

Links: Lincoln team page | Roster | 2019 schedule

2018 IN REVIEW

8-3 in 3A PCL (second place); lost to Rainier Beach in 3A first round

COACHING RESUME

Masaki Matsumoto, fifth season

36-9 record

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense - 6. Defense - 6.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

WR Jaylen Clark, 6-3, 195, sr.

RB Abner Sio Fetaui, 5-111, 215, sr.

QB Caden Filer, 6-2, 190, sr.

OL Caleb Puapuaga, 6-3, 300, sr.

WR/RB Julien Simon, 6-2, 215, jr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

LB Troy Atkin, 6-1, 170, sr.

DB Donovan Clark, 6-3, 190, sr.

DB Jeddiah Hayes, 5-10 185, sr.

DL Jeremiah Noaese, 6-4, 230, sr.

LB/DB Julien Simon, 6-2, 215, jr.

THREE TO SEE

Donovan Clark, defensive back

All-4A SPSL first-team cornerback from Sumner one of top FBS recruits in 2020 class

Caden Filer, quarterback

Shows enough arm strength on deep ball, but coaches want him to take little stuff, too

Julien Simon, linebacker/defensive back

Reigning 3A PCL defensive player of year has nose for football -- and then end zone

OUTLOOK

For a program that reached the 3A state tournament for a fifth consecutive season, it ended up being a disappointing final month.

First, the Abes -- who had won 36 of their past 37 league games -- saw their four-year run as top dog halted with a home loss to eventual 3A Pierce County League winner Lakes. And a few weeks later, Lincoln was ousted in the first round of the playoffs for a second consecutive season (lost to Rainier Beach).

But make no mistake, this is the easily the most talented team in the league, led by Simon, the league's reigning defensive player of the year who is a top class of 2021 recruit.

A critical key is Filer's management of one of the top Air Raid offenses in the state. He has weapons everywhere, including the two non-related Clark seniors, as well as Hayes and Simon in the receiving corps. Coaches have stressed to the talented left-hander to not always go for the home run — and take the check down when it is the best option.

Also buoyed by a ball-hawking defense, the Abes are set up to not only regain league supremacy, but make a deep postseason run.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept 6: at Camas, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: Lake Stevens, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: Wilson, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: at Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: Spanaway Lake, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11: Stadium, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: at Mount Tahoma, 7 p.m.

Oct 25: at Lakes, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: Bethel, 7 p.m.