Wolfpack looking forward to upcoming season | Football

Jackson wide receiver commits to Colorado
By David Pan | Jul 07, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Jackson senior running back Johnny Navarro runs with the ball during a recent scrimmage at King’s High School.

Jackson coach Joel Vincent headed into summer feeling upbeat about his team and its prospects in 2017.

The Timberwolves wrapped up their offseason work with a team camp last week at King’s High School.

“We’re pretty excited,” Jackson coach Joel Vincent said. “Practices were high energy and a lot of fun. The kids were having a good time. … It was a pretty upbeat spring and early summer.”

The Timberwolves’ numbers are up with 90 players out at practice.

Vincent cited two factors in the increased numbers. The Wolfpack finished the season 6-4 overall, the first winning record since 2012.

“Winning always helps,” Vincent said.

Jackson High School also has seen increased enrollment. The school, the largest high school in the Everett School District, expects to have more than 2,200 students enrolled this fall.

The Wolfpack not only have strong overall numbers but a number of key players back.

“We return a lot of kids in our skill spots,” Vincent said.

Junior-to-be Ben Olesen started three games last season before going down with a leg injury. Olesen had thrown 7 touchdowns and completed 70 percent of his passes before the injury.

“We’re hoping to build off of that,” Vincent said. “He’s very quick and agile. He has the ability to escape pressure and extend plays. He’ll bring a whole new dynamic to the offense.”

Olesen will have an opportunity to work with one of the top receivers in the state, senior Daniel Arias, who last week verbally committed to play for the University of Colorado.

Vincent noted that Arias, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound, first-team, all-league wide receiver received 20 offers from Division 1 schools.

“The kid can flat out play,” Vincent said.

Also back and expected to continue to play a major role in the offense is senior running back Johnny Navarro, a second-team, all-league running back. Senior Clint Wagner, who saw significant time in the backfield last season, also is back.

Vincent expected a spirited competition for positions on the offensive line. At least eight strong candidates have emerged.

“We liked what we saw through the spring,” Vincent said.

The Timberwolves return eight starters on defense, including linebackers Navarro and Wagner. Others standouts are defensive backs Marcello Pellegrino and Jake Litchfield and linemen Junior Asadi and Cameron Loepp.

The team’s late summer/early fall practices likely will be held at either the soccer fields or at nearby Heatherwood Middle School due to the installation of a new artificial turf at Jackson High School’s upper field.

The expected completion date is early September.

“It’s going to be a game changer, not having to be practicing in the mud,” Vincent said.

YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP: The Junior Timberwolves Football Camp is scheduled for July 18-20 at Jackson High School. The three-day camp is for current students entering grades 2-9 in the fall. All campers receive a Timberwolves Football T-shirt. Snacks and water are provided each day of camp. Fee is $85 with discounts for siblings. For more information email: jhsfbboosters@gmail.com. To register go to: https://www.timberwolvesfootball.com/jr-timberwolves-camp

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