ILWACO - "Our season has been pretty much a mirror of the varsity's season," Coach Butch Smith says of the 2002 Ilwaco football junior varsity. "We defeated Stevenson, Raymond, and edged Castle Rock on the final play of the game and have lost three other games all by less than a touchdown," Smith explains.
The JVs played what has proven to be a solid season for the young Fishermen. Coach Smith and Coach Chris Hill had praise for the defense, pointing out linebackers Joe Goelz and Mooch Smith as being very good performers. Other defensive standouts include Josh Gray, Mike Kangas, and Ken Marroquin.
The coaches said the defensive line of Ubaldo Sebastian, and Ivan Padilla were especially strong and said of nose guard Robby Olson and defensive end Sean Clardy, "They have really come on as the season has progressed."
When the Fishermen JV's had the football, quarterback Nick Leonard, according to Smith, "matured 10 years. He is an accurate passer, good on the rollout, and a leader." Wide receivers Tommy Inserra, Tony Crete, and Marcus Peterson were excellent targets for freshman, Leonard. Running Backs Rocky Mirelez, Chris Brumitt, and blocking back, Mooch Smith supplied much of the power on the ground for Ilwaco.
Center Brandon Christman, guard Isaac Mendez, tackle bobby Crislip, and tight end Goelz were outstanding blockers, according to the coaches. "The kids' attitude and effort were great," praised Smith. "With 13 seniors leaving the Fishermen varsity, many of these guys will be able to step right in next year and see a lot of playing time."