High School Football

Scouting the Sedro-Woolley Cubs

School colors: Blue and white

District: Northwest

League: Northwest Conference

Superintendent: Phil Brockman

Principal: Kerri Carlton

Athletic Director: Todd Torgeson

WIAA 2014-16 enrollment: 894.0

Cubs

coaching staff

Coach: Dave Ward

Seasons: 23 (Oak Harbor 1991-2007; Archbishop Murphy 2008-11; Sedro-Woolley 2012-14)

Record: 174-74 (.702); 24-10 at Sedro-Woolley (.706)

Program playoff appearances: Six

Program finals appearances: Two

Program state championships: None

Assistant coaches: Gerry Oliver, Tim Larson, Kevin Campbell, Edmundo Corrales, Pat Murphy, Doug Preston, Mike Rooks

Cubs update

Sedro-Woolley (12-1) came out on top during a thrilling 28-27 Class 2A State semifinal against Tumwater last week in the Tacoma Dome. The win earned the Cubs their first state championship berth since 1983. In a back-and-forth game, Mason Elms broke a 21-21 tie with a 24-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. Tumwater answered with 2:51 left, but the PAT went wide, trimming the Cubs’ lead to 28-27. Tumwater had a final chance to win with a 41-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds left, but Anthony Cann blocked the kick. Elms ran for 94 yards and a score, and Carter Crosby and Quinn Carpenter each scored touchdowns. Sedro-Woolley threw for only 26 yards, and its defense gave up 361 yards.

Cubs offense

While Sedro-Woolley’s offense does a good job of picking its spots to throw, there’s no doubt the wing-T predominant Cubs best move their offense via the ground game. Powered by a deep group of talented running backs, Sedro-Woolley is averaging 254.3 rush yards per game. Five different backs have eclipsed 300 yards. Power back Quinn Carpenter leads the team with 930 yards and 12 TDs, speed back Mason Elms has 714 yards and nine touchdowns and Carter Crosby has 451 yards and nine scores. Quarterback Devin Willard has thrown for 849 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Elms, who’s logged 21 receptions for 496 yards and nine TDs, has been Willard’s favorite target. The Cubs live on big, explosive plays and have the players to do so. The Cubs have a strong line composed of Gabe Torgerson, Erik Lukner, Blake Beacham, Chad Wilburg and Andrew Engelbretson.

Cubs defense

Sedro-Woolley had the Northwest Conference’s top scoring defense this fall, allowing an average of 12.5 points per game. Eight times the Cubs yielded 10 or less points, including shutouts in Sedro-Woolley’s state opening-round game against W.F. West and quarterfinal against Burlington-Edison. The Cubs run a similar 3-4 defense as Lynden with three down lineman, two inside linebackers and two outside backers rolled up on the line in two-point stances. Chad Wilburg highlights a talented group of linebackers.

Players to watch

Mason Elms

Senior, RB, WR/DB

Sedro-Woolley has a number of players who can gash a defense, but the 5-foot-8, 168-pound Elms is the Cubs’ biggest threat. He has electric speed and his quickness makes him a hard one-on-one tackle. He’s a force in the run and pass game and even gets carries running the Wildcat formation. Elms has logged 1,210 total yards (714 rush, 496 receiving) and 18 total touchdowns. He’s also a threat on special teams, returning four kicks back for scores, including one against Lynden Week 8.

Chad Wilburg

Senior, LB/OL

Sedro-Woolley has made teams work for their points all season long, and Wilburg’s play at middle linebacker has been a major reason. At 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, he’s a physical run stuffer, a sound tackler and will be responsible for slowing down Sterling Somers and Trent Postma in the run game, which won’t be an easy task. On offense, his blocking is essential to the Cubs’ run-heavy offense.

Devin Willard

Junior, QB

Willard isn’t going to scare anyone with his running ability, nor does he have a cannon for an arm, but Willard is efficient in the pass game, makes the most of his opportunities and won’t lose games with poor decisions. He’s completed 61 of 106 passes for 849 yards with 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He’s run for less than 100 yards, but he sure knows how to get his play-makers the ball.

Cubs keys to the game

1. POUND THE ROCK

It’s no secret Sedro-Woolley wants to run the ball against Lynden. That’s the Cubs’ bread and butter, and the game’s outcome may come down to who’s tougher in the trenches. Sedro-Woolley runs at teams with a number of backs. Junior Quinn Carpenter has served as the team’s bruising runner this fall, amassing 930 yards and 12 TDs.

2. AIR CONTROL

Sterling Somers threw for 360 yards against the Cubs Week 8. Jordan Wittenberg compiled 166 yards, and Scooter Hastings used his 6-foot-7 frame to catch three TDs. Sedro-Woolley can’t let that happen again, whether that means bringing more pressure or running more exotic looks with Anthony Cann in the secondary.

3. PLAY WITH CONFIDENCE

Sure the Cubs have already played in the Tacoma Dome, beating Tumwater last week, but Sedro-Woolley hasn’t played for a state championship since 1983. Every senior on the Lions’ roster has been a part of a state championship game each year. Lynden will be ready for the big moment. The Cubs can’t afford a slow start.

Cubs roster

No. Player Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.
2 Gavin Holdt Jr. 6-0 160 WR/DB
3 Carter Needham Jr. 6-0 155 QB/DB
4 Davis Mihelich Fr. 6-0 152 QB/K
5 Dallas Shelton So. 5-11 145 WR/KR
6 Spencer Hoover So. 5-10 155 WR/DB
7 Wesley Culp Fr. 5-10 155 FB/LB
8 Reid Trammell So. 6-0 165 QB/LB
9 Adrian Vasquez So. 5-9 140 K
10 Carter Crosby Jr. 6-0 180 RB/DB
11 Johnny Bute Sr. 5-7 135 WR/DB
12 Devin Willard Jr. 6-2 200 QB
13 Billy Hornbeck Jr. 6-1 185 WR/CB
14 Anthony Cann Sr. 5-8 154 WR/DB
20 Dahlton Osborne Sr. 6-2 175 WR/DB
21 Bryson Bartlett Fr. 5-11 165 WR/LB
22 Thor Wagoner Jr. 5-7 140 WR/DB
23 Bryce Hornbeck So. 5-6 145 WB/DB
24 Riley Swartz So. 6-0 155 TE/DE
25 Jay Burger Sr. 6-2 200 TE/DE
30 Colton Austin So. 5-8 160 WR/DB
31 Eli Chevez Fr. 5-7 140 RB/BB
32 Mason Elms Sr. 5-8 168 RB/DB
33 Cory Wilson So. 6-0 165 TE/DE
34 Damian McDougle Sr. 5-11 175 FB/LB
35 James Barney Jr. 6-1 170 TE/LB
40 Quinn Carpenter Jr. 5-11 205 FB/LB
41 Quinten Roppel Sr. 6-3 205 TE/DE
42 Jacob Farrell Sr. 6-0 170 TE/LB
43 Austin Douglas So. 5-10 170 DT/RB
44 Austin Edson So. 5-9 185 FB/LB
45 Noah Stroosma So. 5-9 152 RB/DB
50 Austin Erickson Fr. 5-10 220 C/DT
51 Jorge Garcia Sr. 5-10 185 G/LB
52 Chad Wilburg Sr. 6-3 225 T/LB
53 Jeffrey Barnhart So. 5-8 155 DL/OL
54 Jeffrey Jeck Sr. 5-10 164 OL/DL
55 Matthew Meidinger So. 5-10 160 T/DL
58 Isaac Howell Fr. 6-1 175 T/DE
59 Jared Bowman Jr. 5-9 280 OL/DL
61 Dylan Peterson Fr. 5-10 200 G/LB
62 Braden Washington So. 5-10 206 G/DT
63 Gabe Torgerson Sr. 6-1 210 G/DT
65 Riley Gerard Jr. 5-10 195 OL/DL
66 Joey Pittis Jr. 5-11 190 C/DT
67 Blake Beacham Sr. 5-11 200 C/DT
68 Erik Lukner Jr. 6-3 300 T/NT
70 Devin Hutchinson Fr. 6-0 210 T/DT
71 Drew Aungst So. 5-11 235 T/DT
72 Andrew Engelbretson Jr. 62' 260 OL/DL
75 Trenton Freiberg So. 5-8 216 OL/DT
77 Ben Perusek Sr. 6-1 195 T/DT
78 Leo Hanna So. 5-11 170 G/FS

Cubs’ road

to the final

Date Opponent Result
Sept. 5 at Mount Baker W 35-7
Sept. 12 Mount Vernon W 37-0
Sept. 19 at Burlington-Ed.* W 28-10
Sept. 26 Squalicum* W 30-7
Oct. 3 at Blaine* W 37-7
Oct. 10 at Sehome* W 49-9
Oct. 17 Anacortes* W 49-21
Oct. 24 Lynden* L 33-30
Oct. 30 at Ferndale* W 35-28
CLASS 2A NW DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
Nov. 7 Cedarcrest W 42-13
CLASS 2A STATE PLAYOFFS
Nov. 14 W.F. West W 41-0
Nov. 21 Burlington-Ed. W 34-0
Nov. 29 Tumwater W 28-27

*NWC 2A/3A game

Cubs state playoff history

Year Class Result
1978 3A Lost in quarterfinals
1983 3A Finished second
1986 3A Lost in semifinals
1989 3A Lost in first round
1991 3A Lost in first round
2013 2A Lost in first round

SOURCE: WIAA.com

Cubs individual

offensive leaders

RUSHING

Player Att. Yards Avg. TD
Quinn Carpenter 144 930 6.5 12
Mason Elms 51 714 14.0 9
Carter Crosby 57 451 7.9 9
Jacob Farrell 38 340 8.9 2
Quinten Roppel 42 308 7.3 5
Damian McDougle 38 163 4.3 1

PASSING

Player Cmp. Att. Yards TD Int
Devin Willard 61 106 849 16 5
Jacob Farrell 1 1 80 1 0

RECEIVING

Player Rec. Yards Avg. TD
Mason Elms 21 496 23.6 9
Anthony Cann 21 250 11.9 3
Carter Crosby 6 85 14.2 3
Bryce Hornbeck 5 58 11.6 1
Jacob Farrell 4 41 10.3 1

Cubs team statistics

SW Opp.
.923 Win percentage .592
475 Points 161
3,306 Rushing yards 1,635
478 Rush attempts 407
6.9 Yards per rush 4.0
42 Rushing TDs 13
995 Passing yards 1,333
54.3 Completion percentage 38.2
127 Pass attempts 241
7.8 Yards per pass attempt 5.5
18 Passing TDs 7
9 Interceptions thrown 16
N/A Fumbles lost N/A
N/A Total turnovers N/A
6 Return TDs 2
4,301 Total offense 2,968
7.1 Yards per offensive play 5.9
N/A First downs per game N/A
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