Coach: Rich Harris (4th year, 15-15).
Last league title: 1997 (Split with Royal, Wahluke).
Last playoff berth: 2006.
Home field: Columbia High School, Burbank.
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Projected starters (returners in bold)
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Justin McBride QB Jr. 5-11 154
Forest Dexter RB Sr. 5-8 165
Jose Barajas WR Sr. 5-8 162
Christopher Ryckman WR Jr. 6-1 165
Trevyn Loveland WR Jr. 5-10 150
Konnor Miller TE Sr. 6-1 165
Bug Hyde C Jr. 5-7 200
Joel Blanco G Sr. 5-9 215
Drew Morton G Sr. 6-1 248
Nathan White T Jr. 5-11 245
Tucker Simonton T Sr. 5-11 160
Jose Barajas K Sr. 5-8 162
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Tucker Simonton DE Sr. 5-11 160
Bug Hyde DT Jr. 5-7 200
Joel Blanco DT Sr. 5-9 215
Daniel Cerny DE Sr. 6-1 210
Konnor Miller LB Sr. 6-1 165
Forest Dexter LB Sr. 5-8 165
Kodie Fraker LB Jr. 5-9 160
Trevyn Loveland CB Jr. 5-10 150
Jose Barajas CB Sr. 5-8 162
Christopher Ryckman S Jr. 6-1 165
Justin McBride S Jr. 5-11 154
Justin McBride P Jr. 5-11 154
Others to watch: RB Andrew Wattenburger, Jr., (5-8, 150).
* Dexter is set to start at running back, but Wattenburger will get his share of carries too.
* The offensive line has some experience. Hyde and White started every game last season for the Coyotes. Blanco and Simonton started at least five games each.
* Jessie Romm makes a return after not playing last season.
* The Coyotes must replace Heath Lawrence at quarterback, and Harris has selected Justin McBride, a junior, to be that man.
* Harris has his coaching record at Burbank back to .500 at 15-15.
What can Harris and his team do for an encore after a 7-3 record in 2011, one that included losses only to Connell and Royal in league play?
Well, the Coyotes return 15 lettermen from that squad, including a very experienced offensive line, led by Hyde and Simonton. Dexter, as well as Wattenburger, will need to come through on the ground. And McBride will have to show he can step in to run the offense as well as Lawrence did last season.
Defensively, the front line will be the Coyotes' strength. It will need to clog things up so that LB Dexter and S Ryckman can come up to make the key tackles.