Senior QB looks sharp in preseason scrimmage

File photo – Drew Sisemore

By Ray Hamill — At least one senior quarterback looks like he’s ready for the season.

After a breakout junior campaign last year, Drew Sisemore is back with the St. Bernard’s Crusaders this fall and he looks as sharp as ever with a strong showing at this past weekend’s scrimmage against McKInleyville.

Sisemore was one of several standouts for the Crusaders during the scrimmage, along with the team’s defense, which shut out the Mack offense for the day.

The senior dual threat QB threw a pair of long touchdowns to dynamic receivers Owen Shanahan and Carl Nunes, as well as running for a 50-yard TD.

“He really looked like the senior leader we expect him to be this year,” head coach Matt Tomlin said.

The Crusaders, who are missing some players because of injury and transfer protocols and also fielding a JV team this fall, had just 17 players suit up for varsity.

But many of them looked sharp ahead of this coming weekend’s season opener at home to St. Vincent de Paul

“For not having many guys, I thought we did some good things,” said Tomlin, who added the defense tackled well and forced some turnovers.

Senior nose guard Jamarious January set the tone in the trenches and will give the Crusaders a big, physical presence on the defensive side of the ball.

With senior Grant Omey sidelined through injury for a few weeks, sophomore middle linebacker Ethan Hagler helped pick up some of the slack and also looks set for a big season after a big showing against the Panthers.

On the offensive side of the ball, Sisemore won’t lack weapons in the passing game.

In addition to Shanahan and Nunes, who are both seniors, newcomer Isaiah Wolfe looks like he could be a force at receiver for the next few years.

Wolfe has made the varsity team as a freshman and pulled in a TD catch from back-up quarterback Seth Brunton in his first action at the high school level during the scrimmage.

The Crusaders kick off the new season at home to St. Vincent de Paul on Saturday, with the JVs playing at 11:30 a.m. and the varsity at 2 p.m.

This will be first of two meetings between the two teams this year and should be a good challenge right off the bat for the Crusaders.

The Mustangs reached the state playoffs last year and have several key players returning.

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