Coach: John Beck (2nd year, 6-14).
Last league title: 2001
Last playoff berth: 2006
Home field: Clasen Field
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Offense: RB Tyler Enfield, Sr. (6-3, 225); FB Ronney Peckman, Sr. (6-0, 225); RB Mark Bradley, Jr. (5-9, 175); TE Dylan Whitaker, Sr. (6-3, 220); OL Jorge Mendoza, Jr. (6-0, 230); OL Shawn Mitchell, Sr. (5-7, 250).
Defense: LB Whitaker; DL Robert Koch, Jr. (5-10, 160); CB Bradley; LB Enfield; S Zach Boss, Sr. (6-3, 185); DL Mitchell; K/S David Ellis, Sr. (6-1, 160); DB Braydon Shields, Sr. (6-0, 175).
Others to watch: QB Zach Bissell, Sr. (5-11, 175); WR Stephen Arambul, Sr. (5-10, 175); WR/DB Ethan Williams, Soph. (5-11, 150); RB Jordan Cluff, Soph. (5-7, 160); OL Koch; OL/DL Jacob Maier, Sr. (6-0, 240); WR/DB James Swanson, Sr. (6-3, 185); WR Shields; LB Peckman.
The Rams will have to adjust from facing the spread offenses in the CBBN to the run-based offenses in the CWAC. "You could probably take every playbook from Kamiakin to Eastmont and exchange them," Beck said.
* Keep an eye out in the coming years for these two sophomores: RB Cluff, who got some valuable varsity experience as a freshman to give the upperclassmen a rest. Also, WR/DB Williams, who has dealt well with the pressure of playing on varsity.
* DL Cook is getting some feelers from Eastern Washington University for his pass rush ability.
* Beck recruited K Ellis from the soccer team but says the talented senior is starting to enjoy football more and more. "A couple of times, he mentioned that football was more fun," Beck said.
The Rams make the move from the CBBN 3A to the CWAC, a more natural fit for them as far as city rivalries are concerned. As a member of the Mid-Valley League, which dissolved after the 2006 spring season, West Valley regularly battled Ellensburg, Selah and Wapato.
Now that the Rams have sharpened their horns against so many CBBN teams over the years, they should feel good about their readiness in the CWAC.
"In the CBBN, you knew it was always going to be a good game. You look at our record last year, and we either won or lost a close one," Beck said. "The rivalries (in the CWAC) are really neat to have back. There are some juggernaut teams in the CWAC that should make things very competitive."
Beck is pretty happy with what he has back in terms of talent, including three returning players from the all-CBBN 3A squad in TE Whitaker, DL Cook and K Ellis.
"Whitaker is a big kid with really good hands. He's really mobile. You can roll him out or bring him in tight," Beck said. "He also plays some linebacker."
Beck likes his team's ability to communicate and play well together, which wasn't as common as he would have liked last season.
"It's night and day from last year," he said.