Western Heights Football Feature – Presented by Eskridge Honda




There is some excitement around the Jets football program coming into the 2019 season. Head coach Justin Mayhew enters his seventh overall year as a coach at Western Heights, his fifth as head coach. With nine total starters returning for the Jets, coach Mayhew knows there are some holes to fill, but he’s confident in his younger players’ abilities to get the job done. “We lost a lot of starters from last years team. We have a lot of young talent that has been putting in the work and have the fire to step up and fill the gaps,” Mayhew said. “We are excited to see all of their hard work pay off. And we will be driving all over the state to play games. We are excited to see almost every corner of the state.” Tevun Thammavongsa (5-8, 165, Sr.) was productive last season rushing for 223 yards on 38 carries and making 18 receptions for 256 yards and three total scores. Thammavongsa may take over as quarterback or play wide receiver. Phillip Washington (6-3, 175, Sr.) had 12 receptions for 110 yards as a junior. Look for his numbers to climb this year. The offensive line is shaping up nicely as Reece Graham (5-10, 250, Jr.) has 12 career starts on the line and is one of the leaders of the unit. Oscar Ortiz (6-0, 250, Sr.) has 10 career starts of his own, adding to the experience level up front. Erin Chairez (6-1, 240, Jr.) and Francisco Castillo (5-10, 200, Sr.) join Graham and Ortiz in the trenches.


Oritz and Chairez will both play on the line. Ortiz will start at tackle where he had 21 tackles and two sacks a year ago with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Chairez will play the edge at end where his quickness comes into play. Last year he tallied 23 tackles and two sacks. David Serrano (6-4, 300, Jr.) will plug the middle of the defensive line and dare running backs to test the A and B gaps. Thammavongsa is a quick outside linebacker the Jets will need this season to play as big as he played last year. Thammavongsa registered 76 tackles, one sack, six pass breakups and one interception. Marcus Debose (5-10, 155, Jr.) is another fast outside linebacker who played last season. Debose had 19 tackles and two sacks to his credit. Keeno Saldua (5-8, 155, Sr.) will take one of the corner positions in the 3-3 stack defense. Saldua has good cover skills and a nose for the football. The coaching staff includes Dan Burgess, Billy Sexton, Matt Cowart, Randy Tilley and Greg Everidge.


8-30 – at Guymon

9-6 – at Stilwell

9-13 – OPEN

9-20 – vs. SeeWorth

9-27 – vs. El Reno

10-4 – at Duncan

10-11 – vs. MacArthur

10-17 – vs. Noble

10-25 – at Altus

11-1 – at Southeast

11-8 – vs. Ardmore