So, I made the trek out to Husky Stadium on Saturday to watch Coeur d'Alene High School take on the Bothell Cougars. It was also a convenient excuse to get myself into Husky Stadium for only $10 and have a look around with a much smaller crowd. Here are just a couple dots, I didn't have a note pad, so this is from memory, stats from CDAPress.com
- Husky Stadium is incredible. Go see a game this year if you're able. They really did it right with the remodel.
- Chase Blakley is a man among boys out there. It already looks like he has a PAC 12 body.
- Matt James is very technically sound, he is a nasty (in a good way) player, but he is very calm and collected if that makes sense. He is pretty light though, he'll absolutely need a Redshirt year and possibly his RS - Freshman year to bulk up. As I've mentioned before, CHS really likes their linemen to be light, lean and in good shape because most of them play both ways. I have no doubts that he'll be able to add the necessary bulk.
- Both players played both O and D. James started at LT and DT, and Blakley started at WR (as noted before, CHS doesn't really use a TE) and was lined up in the slot most of the time and at DE.
- Blakley led the team in receiving 7 catches, 98 yards, 2 TD's most catches were in the middle with some YAC.
- What really surprised me was Blakley at DE. He was a monster, in the backfield all night, at least one sack, maybe two, several QB hurries.
- I don't have many notes on Matt James, he was stout all night, got double teamed most of the night when he was at DT. CHS usually only has 2 down DL because they don't have a ton of size so they get their athletes in at LB so James job as DT is really to eat as many blockers as possible, which he did effectively.
- Here is a link to some guy who took a ton of pictures at the game. In the first 20-30 pics there are some great shots of James and Blakley, you can really see how they are built. Blakley actually looks a little thicker than James right now and not much shorter. Check out photo #33.
Anyways, I'll try to get some more detailed notes on the actual skill of the players in the next couple of games, Saturday was more about me getting to see Husky Stadium for the first time and just taking in some great high school football. Next Friday Skyline (Sammamish) is at Coeur d'Alene, so I'll get some more dots then.