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2011 preview: Wahluke Warriors

Here is a preview of the Wahluke Warriors for the 2011 SCAC football season:

Coach: Brycen Bye (1st year).

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

Last playoff berth: 2003.

Home field: Wahluke High School, Mattawa.

Projected starters


Jared Sabin QB Sr. 6-2 220

Ricky Silverio RB Sr. 5-7 185

Jaime Jimenez RB Jr. 5-10 200

Francisco Cuevas RB Sr. 5-8 180

Oscar Jimenez WR Sr. 5-11 165

Jordan Zirker WR Sr. 5-9 150

Tyler Yorgesen OL Sr. 5-10 190

Alberto Cruz OL Sr. 6-2 230

Antonio Martinez OL Sr. 5-8 185

Noe Lopez OL Jr. 5-11 225

Luis Martinez OL Sr. 5-10 210

Jaime Jimenez K Jr. 5-10 200


Alberto Cruz DL Sr. 6-2 230

Antonio Martinez DL Sr. 5-8 185

Luis Martinez OL Sr. 5-10 210

Jared Sabin DL Sr. 6-2 220

Tyler Yorgesen LB Sr. 5-10 190

Jaime Jimenez LB Jr. 5-10 200

Ricky Silverio LB Sr. 5-7 185

Francisco Cuevas DB Sr. 5-8 180

Jonathan Abarca DB Sr. 5-3 135

Albaro Rodriguez DB Sr. 5-10 170

Rafael Mendoza DB Sr. 5-10 145

Jaime Jimenez P Jr. 5-10 200

Others to watch: WR Mendoza; WR Rodriguez; WR Abarca; DB O. Jimenez; DB Zirker.

Quick hits

* Bye is in his third season coaching at Wahluke, but this is his first head-coaching job. He is also the third coach in three years. He played high school ball at Pomeroy.

* Mendoza is an intriguing addition to the Warriors, after placing in the triple jump at the state track meet this spring. He could add a lot of speed and athleticism to the outside on offense and defense.

* The Warriors will run the Fly offense, with different variations out of that set.

* While Wahluke has struggled in recent years, the Warriors do have more than 20 seniors on the roster, so experience won't be a problem.


With all new coaches comes change, but Bye's transition has been easier since he has been at Wahluke the past three seasons.

"The hard thing is getting used to a new personality," Bye said, "but they've been around me and I've taught most of the kids, and it has been a good transition for them."

The Warriors are hoping to be competitive in all games, which would then translate to some victories.

"We want to make the district playoff," Bye said. "That is our big goal to get to that playoff."