Coach: Roger Hoell (19th year, 130-62).
Last league title: 2003.
Last playoff berth: 2011.
Home field: Huskie Field.
Projected starters (returners in bold)
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
David Garza QB Sr. 6-1 185
Tanner Wagner RB Jr. 6-0 180
Josiah Peterson FB Jr. 6-1 195
Derek Cantu TE Sr. 5-10 180
Derek Valdez OT Sr. 6-1 280
Buck Castro OG Jr.
Colton Hall C Jr. 6-1 185
Adrian Cantu OG So.
Conor Weise OT Jr. 6-0 180
Juston Lind WR Sr. 5-9 170
Trevor Walker WR Sr. 6-1 185
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Derek Valdez DL Sr. 6-1 280
Derek Gilbert DL Sr. 5-10 200
Josiah Peterson DL Jr. 6-1 195
Callen Anderson LB Sr. 5-10 180
Trevor Walker LB Sr. 6-1 185
Matt Melo LB Sr. 5-10 185
Eric Garza LB Sr. 5-8 145
Juston Lind DB Sr. 5-9 170
David Saldivar DB Sr.
Matt Jones FS Sr. 5-10 165
Keenan Pass DB Sr. 5-10 180
Others to watch: LB Randy Gomez, Jr. (5-10, 160); LB Jesus Montes, Jr. (5-8, 170); LB Richie Valdez, Sr. (5-8, 165); DB Miguel Gonzalez, Soph.; TE Noel Suarez, Jr., (5-11, 160).
Lind provides excitement on either side of the ball as one of the top returning receivers in the league (26 catches, 472 yards, 7 TDs) and as a unanimous all-CWAC choice in the defensive secondary.
* LB Melo, in addition to being one of the area's top returning linebackers, is also a fine wrestler. At 160 pounds, Melo reached the state quarterfinals at last year's Class 2A Mat Classic in Tacoma.
The bad news first: OLB Alec Alvarez is out for the season after tearing his ACL during soccer season, and junior OG Beau Lewis won't return after suffering a concussion over the summer.
Otherwise, the Huskies are relatively healthy and raring to go for another run at a CWAC championship. While other teams move in and out of various leagues, Othello has been a CWAC mainstay for years.
It's been nine years since the Huskies' last league title, but this could be the year they make it back to the top of the heap. Hoell knows how important it is to stay healthy -- the loss of Alvarez and Lewis is a somber reminder of how plans can change in an instant.
But Hoell's teams are known for their ability to overcome challenges and work together under a common goal.
Othello and Prosser have had some memorable battles but this might be the closest race yet. The Huskies always have been known for their ability to grind out yardage with their running game. This season, however, the presence of QB Garza, a three-year starter, and a complement of returning WRs (Walker, Lind) makes them a dangerous passing threat as well.
It's a balance that should give Othello a chance to make a deep playoff run.
"We must take care of the ball and not give up big plays," Hoell wrote in an email. "We need to improve as the season progresses and gain valuable game experience. If we do that, we should be in good shape to at least contend for a playoff spot."