There is a change in the Class 1A lineup for the South Central Athletic Conference's East Division. Mabton is now gone, playing an independent schedule with a chance to play the SCAC West No. 4 team if it qualifies.
Back in the East lineup is Warden, who moves up from the North Central B League, where it qualified for the state 2B playoffs last season, losing to Colfax 22-0 in the first round. Erik Skone is Warden's coach.
In eight of the last 10 seasons, an SCAC East team has played in the 1A state championship game.
Last season, Connell won the state championship by defeating Cascade Christian.
This year, it could be Royal making a return to the state title game. The Knights have a loaded squad, with quarterback Alex Myrick leading the way.
Don't count out Connell. While the Eagles are missing All-Everything Matt Hadley (now at BYU), there is still plenty of talent on the roster.
If Coach Wayne Riner can get the offense running on all cylinders, the Eagles are golden because they have plenty of experience returning on the defensive unit.
Don't forget, kids at Connell know how to win.
If anyone was able to upset the apple cart, it could be River View.
Brett Jay has a ton of experience on both sides of the ball coming back at Finley, led by bookend tackles Spencer Combs and Kyle Hall.
There are plenty of all-stars at the offensive skill positions, but soph Ruvim Tyutyunnik will be key runni ng the offense at QB.
Kiona-Benton could be the league's fourth playoff team, with QB Anfernee Cortez and the entire receiving corps coming back this season.
But Columbia-Burbank, Wahluke and Warden could also make a move for that final 1A regional playoff berth.
In this league, anything can happen on any Friday night during the season.
Returning all-league players
First team offense
QB--Alex Myrick, sr., Royal. WR--Josh Marshall, sr., River View. TE--Brady Dixon, sr., Royal. OL--Stefan Davidson, sr., Connell; Kyle Hall, sr., River View; Urial Carmona, sr., Royal.
First team defense
DL--Christian Fernandez, sr., Royal. DB--Alex Myrick, sr., Royal.
First team special teams
P--Damien DelaRosa, sr., Royal.
Second team offense
WR--Cristian Aguilar, sr., Kiona-Benton. OL--Carter Christensen, sr., Royal.
Second team defense
DL--Carter Christensen, sr., Royal; Kyle Hall, sr., River View. LB--Brady Dixon, sr., Royal; Stefan Davidson, sr., Connell. DB--Cristian Aguilar, sr., Kiona-Benton; Alonso Mendoza, jr., River View.
Second team special teams
K--Alonso Mendoza, jr., River View. P--Alonso Mendoza, jr., River View.
Returning honorable mention
Offense: RB--Kody Bartlett, sr., River View; Forrest Dexter, sr., Burbank. WR--Christian Guerrero, sr., Royal. TE--Ruvim Tyutyunnik, so., River View. OL--Greg Heinen, jr., Connell; McKenzie Hopkins, jr., Connell; Spencer Combs, sr., River View; Collin Christensen, jr., Royal. K--Garrett Salisbury, jr., Connell.
Defense: DL--Kent Christensen, sr., Royal; Reed Lefler, sr., Royal; Tucker Simonton, sr., Burbank. LB--Kody Bartlett, sr., River View. DB--Josh Marshall, sr., River View.