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2011 CWAC preview: 5 things to know

Here are five things to know about the 2011 Central Washington Athletic Conference football season:

1) Sept. 16.

Keep that date in mind, because that's when Othello visits Prosser. Arguably the top two teams in the conference this year, the Huskies return a lot of star power while the Mustangs seem to just reload every season. This just might be Roger Hoell's year, as the Othello coach has just the right mix of six returning starters on offense and six on defense.

2) Standout running backs.

First, there's Caleb Garza from Othello. He's the reigning CWAC offensive MVP, who rushed for 1,605 yards and found the end zone 23 times. Then there's Prosser's Isaac Anderson, who rushed for 1,224 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. Both will be fun to watch this season.

3) A new coach at Grandview, but there's still plenty of offensive firepower.

Rick Ramos takes over at the helm. But he's also got Derek Swearingen back at quarterback and three other guys -- Herman Herrera, Dominque Munoz and Michael Perez -- who had at least 22 catches last season.

4) Ellensburg has a new quarterback at the helm, and he just happens to be the son of a college coach.

Matt Bennett is the son of Central Washington University head coach Blaine Bennett, and you should expect him to be everything that a coach's son is when it comes to football.

5) Wapato struggled last season.

But a new coach might make a big difference. Orson Christensen has been a coach for 47 years, including 10 years at Eastern Oregon University. He's the kind of guy who can turn around a program pretty quickly, and there is some talent at Wapato -- including a big offensive line. Stay tuned.