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2011 preview: River View Panthers

Here is a preview of the River View Panthers for the 2011 SCAC football season:

Coach: Brett Jay (4th year, 18-14).

Last league title: 2001 (split with Wahluke, Royal).

Last playoff berth: 2009.

Home field: River View High School, Finley.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Austin Weatherby QB Jr. 5-9 205

Braden Thomas RB Sr. 6-0 170

Cody Hand WR So. 6-2 170

Dylan Thomas WR Jr. 5-11 155

Josh Marshall WR Jr. 5-11 165

Aaron McGaughey TE Sr. 6-0 160

Miguel Vargas C Sr. 5-9 210

Jerry Beaver G Sr. 5-11 220

Wyatt Beeler G Jr. 5-9 235

Spencer Combs T Jr. 6-3 280

Kyle Hall T Jr. 6-3 270

Alonzo Mendoza K So. 5-10 165

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Spencer Combs DE Jr. 6-3 280

Kyle Hall DT Jr. 6-3 270

Miguel Vargas DT Sr. 5-9 210

Yarik Tyutyunnik DE Sr. 6-2 190

Jerry Beaver LB Sr. 5-11 220

Austin Hoch LB Sr. 5-11 180

Kody Bartlett LB Jr. 5-11 160

Josh Marshall CB Jr. 5-11 165

Jeff Leachman CB Jr. 5-8 155

Alonzo Mendoza SS So. 5-10 165

Cody Hand FS So. 6-2 170

Alonzo Mendoza P So. 5-10 165

Others to watch: TE/LB Ruvim Tyutyunnik, Fr., 6-0, 185.

Quick hits

* With leading rusher Chance Watt gone to graduation, the Panthers will go with a running back by committee. Braden Thomas, Mendoza, Bartlett and Leachman will all see time in the backfield.

* River View graduated 20 seniors and only has two starters back on offense, so much will be expected of Weatherby, including more production in the passing game.

* Defensively, the Panthers have a lot back, including at linebacker and on the line. Combs and Hall have the ability to take over games up front.

* Coach Jay expects big things out of the linebacking corps of Hoch, Bartlett and Beaver.

* The Panthers' secondary must replace Tucker Hamlin, who set the school interceptions record last season.

Outlook

River View is young this season, but Jay is convinced that his team has come together and is ready to get the Panthers program back to where it was earlier this century.

Weatherby will have to play beyond his years to lead an inexperienced offense -- which lost Kris Welch and Eric Farnworth -- if the Panthers hope to compete with Connell and Royal for the top spot in the league.

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