NPSL Cascade Division Preview: Victor Torres bounced around, but he found a home on Mount Rainier

Another city, another school, another forgotten friend.

Victor Torres lost count as his family traveled from Mexico and across the United States. From Tennessee to California and finally Washington — and many stops in between.

The quicker the moves, the longer it took for him to fit in.

NPSL Cascade Division at a glance

Five teams to watch

Kentwood: Defending division champs are always in the mix and they are ready to reload. Michael Bush calls this his best team since taking the reins in 2015 with an explosive run game and sassy defense.

Kennedy Catholic: Lancers proved they could compete at the Class 4A level last season with some youth in their lineup. Freshman QB Sam Huard is son of former UW star Damon Huard.

Kentlake: Defense drove the Falcons into the playoffs in 2016 and they could make a deeper run this year, especially if they can amp up what was at times an inconsistent offense.

Mount Rainier: Coming off their best season in years, the Rams have their sights set on another playoff run and return enough key pieces to make it happen. Schedule could be in their favor.

Tahoma: The Bears are hoping to parlay a successful offseason into a return to the playoffs after losing a play-in game to Federal Way last fall and finishing a disappointing 3-7.

Five players to watch

Jerrel Chapman

WR/DB, 6-1, 180, Sr., Tahoma

Outlook: After an impressive sophomore campaign, the athletic Chapman is ready to return to form after injuries cost him significant time last year (yet he still caught six TD passes in seven league games).

Marques Fuala’au

RB/LB, 6-2, 215, Sr., Kentlake

Outlook: If the Falcons lead the league in defense again this fall, Fuala’au will likely be a big reason why. A bruising hitter, he should also be a factor in an improved offense.

Justin Seiber

QB, 6-3½, 185, Sr., Kentwood

Outlook: Seiber has all of the physical tools plus the intangibles. Passed for nearly 1,300 yards in nine regular-season games as a junior with 10 TDs against just two picks.

Bowen McConville

OT/LB, 6-0, 240, Sr., Kennedy Catholic

Outlook: Strong, athletic player earned first-team, all-league honors on offense last year (second-team D) and went on to place second at state in wrestling at 195 pounds for the second straight season.

Solomon Hines

RB/DB, 5-11, 180, Sr., Kentridge

Outlook: Explosive player is dynamic on offense (nearly 8 yards per carry last season) and relentless on defense with the ability to pursue the football from sideline to sideline.

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