Here are five talking points in 2012 for Washington state's Southeast 2B/1B football season
The biggest difference between 2011 and 2012 is one name: Zach Bartlow. The do-everything quarterback for Waitsburg-Prescott is graduated, so opposing teams no longer have to try and slow him down. Bartlow led the Cardinals to the Class 2B state title last season, finishing undefeated. Bartlow was named the state player of the year, as well.
While Waitsburg-Prescott lost a lot of players off that team, the Cardinals still figure to be battling for the top spot in Southeast 2B. Running back/linebacker Billy Brown and wide receiver/defensive back Dalton Estes lead a talented group of returners, who are expected to continue the winning ways established by Jeff Bartlow's program.
DeSales has a kind-of-new coach in Mike Spiess. Spiess is in his third tour of duty as the head man at the Walla Walla Catholic school. He coached from 2002-04 and 2006-08. Dayton doesn't have a new coach, but the Bulldogs and the Irish will face similar problems with depth. Dayton has 23 kids out, while DeSales has 27. Both will need healthy seasons to be successful.
Tri-Cities Prep is three years removed from winning the state title, and while the Jaguars might not be thinking that lofty this season, they do have a shot at being in the league title hunt despite going winless in league last year. The Jaguars return their entire offensive line, including junior Briar Westerfield, who was a Southeast 2B first teamer last season.
Liberty Christian might not be able to advance to the playoffs, but the Patriots will still have plenty of things to cheer about this season. Wide receiver Tyler Morris could be a consensus pick for all-state, and he should help LC light up the scoreboard. Touchet made a surprising run to the state quarterfinals last season and has some work to do to repeat that.
Returning all-league players
First team offense
RB -- Billy Brown, sr., Waitsburg-Prescott; Luke Fazzari, sr., DeSales. WR -- Dalton Estes, sr., Waitsburg-Prescott; Joe Duehn, sr., DeSales; Wyatt Frame, sr., Dayton. OL -- Alex Naylor, sr., Dayton.