All Time Mountaineer/Hornet Offensive Line

 
We will start off with the most important players on the field, the Offensive Lineman present special difficulties for a list like this, namely, they don’t show up in the record books very often, and certainly didn’t appear in most of the newspaper articles that were researched to compile this All-Time list. Therefore, for Offensive Linemen, additional information about their skill and ability was taken into consideration. We used defensive stats to get an idea of athletic ability and college careers were researched as well to select the names for this list as well as any Mountaineer / Hornet record holders they blocked for.
1. Select FIVE linemen.

Lester Scroup (1921-24) a three year starting Center for the Mountaineers. Scroup was also a member of the defense that gave up only 1 touchdown and 2 Field Goals throughout the regular season and was declared to be the champions of King, Pierce & Kittitas Counties. Lester Scroup was selected as the Center for the “All-County Team” as a Sophomore, Junior & Senior. Lester Scroup continued his football career at Central Washington University where he was a two year starter for the Wildcats at Center & Linebacker. In the four years he played for CWU, the Wildcats went 22-7. In the two years he started for them, they went 14-3.

2. Select FIVE linemen.

Charles Lappenbusch (1923-26) was a three year starting Tackle for the Mountaineers. Charles Lappenbusch earned a varsity letter at the University of Washington as a freshman playing Offensive Guard. He was selected for the 3rd team All Pacific Coast (PAC 12) team as a freshman and named an Honorable Mention for Freshman All American. Lappenbusch was forced to leave the Huskies due to illness after his freshman year. He transferred to Western Washington University and later became the head football coach at WWU for 20 seasons leading the Vikings to 81 wins. He was elected to the very first Western Washington University Sports Hall of Fame and in 1961 was elected to the National NAIA Sports Hall of Fame. Charles Lappenbusch also wrote a book on football that was very widely read.
3. Select FIVE linemen.

Thron Riggs (1935-38) a three year starter on the Offensive Line for the Mountaineers where he played Tackle. Thron Riggs was also a three year varsity letter winner at the University of Washington where he played both Offensive Tackle and Defensive Tackle. In 1942, while playing at the UW Thron Riggs was the Guy Flaherty Award winner, the University of Washington’s oldest and most prestigious award given to the most inspirational player on the team. Thron Riggs is the only player from White River history to play professional football which he did for the Boston Yanks in 1944.
4. Select five linemen.

Andy Lazor (1941-44) a three year starter for the Mountineers on the Offensive Line where he played Center and Tackle. Andy Lazor was blocking for Kenny Hannus when he ran 98 yards for the longest run in team history. He also blocked for Art Svidran when he ran for the 7th most touchdowns in a season in school history. The Mountaineers had a formation that moved Lazor to Running Back where he scored two rushing touchdowns as a Senior. As a Linebacker, Andy Lazor is tied for 8th place with the longest interception return at 70 yards. He lettered two years for Washington State College as a Center.

5. Select FIVE linemen.

Gene Baker (1950-53) was selected to play in the 1951 All-State game. He blocked for Gene Brooks who currently stands tied for 10th longest run in team history with a 75 yard TD run. Gene Baker also blocked for the 10th longest pass in team history. He started at Guard for the Mountaineers every game but one where due an ineligible player, he was moved to Quarterback where he ran for a 68 yard touchdown and passed for a 46 yard touchdown. While at Washington State College he was on the Offensive Line that blocked for Bob Newman, WSC QB who is still listed at 8th All Time for TD passes in a season and who in 1957 led the nation in total offense. At WSC, he blocked on line that had Jack Fanning catch 9 receiving touchdowns, placing him tied for 8th all time for the Cougars.
6. Select FIVE linemen.

Randy Mullins (1964-66) nominated for this All Time list by former coaches. Mullins blocked for Mark Ross when he ran for the 8th most touchdowns in a season and 5th most in a career and the 80 yard run that is tied for 5th longest of all time. Although he did not play on some of the better teams in Hornet history, coaches remembered his play from the 1960s and that has got to count for something!
7. Select FIVE linemen.

Jay Jacobs (1975-77) was nominated for this All-Time list by former coaches who classified him as an “all time great lineman”. Jacobs was a three year starter who was praised for his speed, aggressive attitude and ability to dominate on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He blocked for Greg Kaelin when he rushed for the 3rd most touchdowns in a career and the 10th most yards rushing in a game. As a junior, he blocked for Dave Smith as he ran for the 5th most yards in a season. As a defensive lineman, he stands second all time for sacks in a game and third all time for sacks in a season.
8. Select FIVE linemen.

Rob Smith (1989-91) was a three year starter who continued his playing career at Eastern Washington University. Smith blocked for Paul Blanusa when he threw for the third most touchdowns in a season, third most yards in a season, and sixth most yards in a career. He bought Blanusa the time he needed to connect with Rick Scott for the second most touchdown passes in a season and blocked for Tad Covey as he rushed for the most touchdowns in a career and most yards in a career. Smith was selected to the 1st team Pierce County League as an Offensive Lineman his junior year and voted to the 1st team as both an Offensive & Defensive Lineman his senior year. He was also voted to the Tacoma News Tribune All Area Team as an Offensive Lineman.
9. Select FIVE Linemen

Trevor Weingard (1991-93) was selected to play in the All-State game in 1994. He was a Pierce County League 1st team selection as both an Offensive and Defensive Lineman. He made 63 tackles as a senior. Blocked for Casey Kaelin when he rushed for the 2nd most yards in a career in team history and scored 23 career rushing touchdowns to also place him in 2nd place in that category. He blocked for the first two years of Mike Kruse’s career as he was throwing for the 2nd most completions in team history and the 3rd most touchdown passes in team history as well.
10. Select FIVE Linemen

Nick Newton (1997-99) was selected to the All State game in 1999. Nick Newton was named Most Valuable Player for the Pierce County League. Started on 1998 Hornet team that ended up 5th in State. Nick Newton’s 76 tackles as a Senior place him in 4th place overall for career tackles by a Defensive Lineman. Newton blocked for Andy Hahto who leads the Hornets with 1,505 yards rushing in a season, stands 3rd all-time with career rushing yards and 3rd for yards rushing in a game and is tied for 3rd for Rushing Touchdowns in a season. Nick Newton was a four year letter winner at the University of Washington, three year starter on the Offensive Line where he played both Tackle & Guard. In 2002 Nick Newton was named John P. Angel Lineman of the Year (offense), that award is given to the best Offensive Lineman on the team.
11. Select FIVE linemen.

Leif Hansen (2003-05) Selected First Team All-League Offensive Lineman as a senior. Started on the 2004 Hornet team that won the League Title and placed 5th in State as a junior. Leif Hansen was blocking for Justin Gran when he threw the longest pass in school history and when Gran threw the 3rd most pass completions in both a season and a career. He was blocking for Adam Myers when he ran the 3rd most touchdowns in a season, most yardage in a game and when Dan Babauta ran for the 2nd most yards in a season. As a Linebacker, Leif Hansen tackled current Carolina Panthers Running Back Jonathan Stewart so hard that Stewart was taken from the game. Leif Hansen lettered as a sophomore at PLU, and started on the Offensive Line as a junior. Unfortunately his senior season was cut short by injury. He received All Academic League honors (3.91 GPA in Biology) and elected PLU team captain.
12. Select FIVE Linemen

Scott Rose (2010-11) a massive Offensive Lineman, Scott was selected to the 2A All State game in 2011. After transferring to White River from another school where he started as a sophomore, Scott started for the Hornets for two more years. He was blocking for Zach McMillen as he became the all time passing leader and Josh Miller as he ran for the most touchdowns in a career. Scott continued his playing career at Menlo College where he saw time on the Offensive Line as a true freshman.
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