Coach: Bill Templeton (11th year, 49-54).
Last league title: 1991.
Last playoff berth: 2011.
Home field: Lampson Stadium.
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Projected starters (returners in bold)
Others to watch: TE Sprague; LB Julian Gutierrez, Sr. (5-11, 180); DB Steven Sordahl, Jr. (6-0, 160); DB JJ Hancock, Jr. (5-10, 170).
-- The Lions won't run away from their dominating ground game of last season, but it won't be a one-man show as Ramos and Simpson carry the load. Ramos was poised for a big junior year before breaking his collarbone in the opening game.
-- Ayers is the only returner on the O-line, moving to center from guard. Sittman and Salazar are program guys who should be full steam from day 1.
-- Tennancour will give the Lions a more traditional look at QB than they've had in recent seasons. Simpson is dangerous in the open field, and keep an eye on Julian, a converted QB.
-- The signature attacking style will return on the defense, though with nine new starters. Still, eight seniors in the lineup should ease the growing pains. Ramos is a game-changer at LB.
Back-to-back strong seasons are the sign of a good class. Stretching that to a third season is the sign of a good program.
There are a lot of new names in the starting lineup, but a lot of seniors as well, and talk from other coaches is the Lions don't look as though they've dropped off much from last year's run to the state playoffs.
"Ed Troxel used to only play seniors," Templeton said of the Kennewick coaching great. "The difference between a junior and a senior is amazing."