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2011 preview: Columbia-Burbank Coyotes

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.

Projected starters

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.

Quick hits

* 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.

Outlook

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."

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