Coach: Rob Oram (8th year, 24-47).
Last league title: 1999.
Last playoff berth: 2009.
Home field: Fran Rish Stadium.
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Projected starters (returners in bold)
Others to watch: OL Corbet Sandvick, Sr., (5-11, 245); OL Aaron Cunningham, Sr., (6-4, 295); RB/P Bishop; RB/CB/P Malik Slack, Jr. (5-8, 160); RB/CB Faith; HB Travis Higbee, Sr. (5-11, 170); FB/LB Zach Dodson, So. (6-0, 190); WR/S Mike Montgomery, Sr. (6-0, 170); WR L. Brown; WR/S Hollan Brown, Sr. (5-9, 170); DT Ramos; DE Weyand; DE Josiah Brown, Sr., 6-1, 205; CB Ben Kelly, Jr. (5-11, 145).
- With six all-league returners on the defense, the unit will be the strength of the team, headed by a powerhouse front. Kowalski, Johnson and Gaston all were on the all-league team, yet Douglas might be the best of the bunch. Despite not playing defense at all last season, he has an offer to play DE at Eastern Washington after working out in front of its coaches just once.
- As injuries mounted in the backfield last season, the Falcons mined a deep pool of talent. The result is DeVine and Bishop returning with 775 yards and 4 TDs between them. Forsyth struggled (4 TDs, 10 INT, 42 percent completion) but will benefit from a year of experience, a terrific offseason and a less predictable offense -- don't expect rush, rush, pass, punt to be the norm this season.
Two years ago, the Falcons started seven sophomores on defense, six on offense. Now, they will dress just one sophomore for road games. If they have better fortune on the injury front and avoid the pitfalls that come with having a target on their chest, then the Falcons may well add their first league title since winning the Mid-Valley in 1999.