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2011 preview: Kiona-Benton Bears

Here is a preview of the Kiona-Benton Bears for the 2011 SCAC football season:

Coach: Charlie Hobbick (3rd year, 6-14).

Last league title: 1972 (split Tri-Valley title).

Last playoff berth: 2007.

Home field: Kiona-Benton High School, Benton City.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Anfernee Cortez QB So. 5-11 160

Dalton Morgan RB Sr. 6-3 235

Matt McCallum WR Sr.. 5-7 140

Tony Cortez WR Jr. 5-6 140

Cristian Aguilar WR Jr. 6-1 180

Cruz DelAngel WR So. 6-0 170

Corey Brumbaugh C Sr. 5-11 260

Trevor Nichols G Sr. 6-1 300

Santiago Valdez G Jr. 6-2 280

Mick Phelps T Jr. 6-6 260

Chase Edwards T Sr. 6-0 180

Zac Metcalf K Jr. 6-0 155

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Trevor Nichols NT Sr. 6-1 300

Cody Zyph DT So. 6-0 220

Pierce Williams DT So. 6-0 185

Dalton Morgan LB Sr. 6-3 235

Luis Madrigal LB Jr. 5-9 185

Chase Edwards LB Sr. 6-0 180

Kale Setzer LB Jr. 5-9 170

Cruz DelAngel SS So. 6-0 170

Tony Cortez FS Jr. 5-6 140

Tim Herman CB Sr. 6-2 185

Matt McCallum CB Sr. 5-7 140

Anfernee Cortez QB So. 5-11 160

Others to watch: Silas Landoe, So.; Jacob Heinen, Fr.

Quick hits

* Morgan spent the summer lifting weights and attending the Oregon State University summer combine. He is easily the biggest running back in the conference, though he lacks Hadley's speed.

* The Bears lost not only their quarterback (Matt Mason), but the best wide receiver in the league (all-state first team, Hayden Wing). Replacing them will be tough, but Hobbick thinks this wide receiver group has height that has been missing in the past.

* Kiona-Benton averages 256 pounds across the line, as the Bears are hoping the big boys up front, combined with Morgan in the backfield can lead to a bruising offense.

Outlook

The near regional playoff victory at Zillah (26-21 loss) last season has the Bears believing they have the ability to do something this season.

Combine that with the size up front, the height in the receiving corps and Morgan in the backfield, and Kiona-Benton just might break that playoff drought.

"I think we will have a team that competes with Royal and all the other teams in the league," Hobbick said. "I thought we scrimmaged Connell better than the other two years I've been here by far."

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