Here is a preview of the Columbia-Burbank Coyotes for the 2011 SCAC football season:
Coach: Rich Harris (3rd year, 8-12).
Last league title: 1997 (split with Royal, Wahluke).
Last playoff berth: 2006.
Home field: Columbia High School, Burbank.
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Heath Lawrence QB Sr. 5-10 175
Forest Dexter RB Jr. 5-8 160
Josh McVicker WR Sr. 5-8 150
Jose Barajas WR Jr. 5-8 155
Nathan Roberts WR Sr. 6-0 170
Garret Long WR Sr. 6-1 160
Bug Hyde C So. 5-8 185
Tyler Tiffany G Sr. 5-11 280
Marco Mosqueda G Sr. 6-1 295
Joel Blanco T Jr. 5-9 210
Nathan White T So. 5-11 225
Jose Barajas K Jr. 5-8 155
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Tucker Simonton DE Jr. 5-11 160
Garret Long DE Sr. 6-1 160
Marco Mosqueda DT Sr. 6-1 295
Tyler Tiffany DT Sr. 5-11 280
Brandon McBride LB Sr. 6-0 178
Josh McVicker LB Sr. 5-8 150
Forest Dexter LB Jr. 5-8 160
Casey Hanshew CB Sr. 5-8 140
Christopher Ryckman CB So. 6-0 155
Nathan Roberts CB Sr. 6-0 170
Jose Barajas CB Jr. 5-8 155
Nathan Roberts P Sr. 6-0 170
Others to watch: RB/DB Andrew Wattenberger.
* The Coyotes only have 26 players out this year, which could cause major issues if they suffer injuries. On the other hand, they have a lot of experience back, especially defensively.
* Lawrence is entering his second season as the full-time quarterback. He started four games as a sophomore and every game last season. Coach Harris said Lawrence has shown a lot more confidence so far this summer in the spread offense, which has translated well in his role as a leader.
* Coyotes have a brutal early conference schedule, facing Royal, River View and Connell in back-to-back-to-back weeks. If they can come out of that with at least one win and no major injuries, their chances at the playoffs are right there.
Coach Harris is entering his third season as Columbia-Burbank's head coach, and he thinks this could be the year they put it together and reach the playoffs.
"We've had some kids that didn't want to work hard or meet the expectations," Harris said. "We had 40-some in the spring, but these are the 26 that showed up in the weight room all summer.
"I think we are solid if we can stay healthy, but we'll see how that goes."