Here is a preview of the Ellensburg Bulldogs for the 2011 CWAC football season:
Coach: Randy Affholter (15th year, 90-52).
Last league title: 2009.
Last playoff berth: 2009.
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Home field: Andreotti Field.
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Matt Bennett QB Jr. 5-11 180
Damien Roseberry RB Sr. 5-11 185
Corbin Richardson FB Jr. 6-1 220
Kody Graham WR Sr. 6-5 185
Patrick Smyth WR Sr. 6-3 180
Mac Mitchell TE Sr. 6-3 215
Isaac Kindervag C Jr. 5-10 185
Michael Anderson G So. 6-1 240
Parker Berman G So. 6-1 220
Perry Simpson T Sr. 6-5 190
Eric Lillquist T Sr. 6-0 195
Michael Wyatt K Sr. 5-11 170
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Damien Roseberry DE Sr. 5-11 185
Corbin Richardson DT Jr. 6-1 220
Mac Mitchell DT Sr. 6-3 215
Josh Ketner DE Sr. 5-10 170
Jake Mungia OLB Sr. 5-8 160
Avery Pellett MLB Jr. 5-9 180
Corbin Mace OLB Sr. 5-10 175
Ben Stockdale DB So. 6-0 150
Dillon Dompier DB Jr. 5-8 145
Kody Graham DB Sr. 6-5 185
Patrick Smyth DB Sr. 6-3 180
Matt Bennett P Jr. 5-11 180
Others to watch: TB/DE J Foley, Sr., (6-0, 180); FB Pellett; WR Wyatt; DB Sam Young, Jr. (5-9, 170).
* Last year's senior-laden team finished 8-2, but lost in the regional playoffs.
* Roseberry and Mitchell are both two-way returning starters. Roseberry was a second-team DL selection last year, and on offense he rushed for 652 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Mitchell was an honorable mention pick at tight end.
* Lillquist, Wyatt and Mitchell are also leaders off the field. Lillquist is the ASB public relations representative at the school, while Wyatt and Mitchell are senior class officers.
* Quarterback Matt Bennett is the son of Central Washington University head football coach Blaine Bennett. Matt Bennett was also an honorable mention pick as a kick returner last season.
* The Bulldogs are the only team in the conference to play its nonleaguer on the west side, at Archbishop Murphy tonight.
Coach Affholter lost a lot of experience from last season's squad.
Offensively, he'll need an all-new line to jell quickly to help Bennett pass and Roseberry run.
Defensively, the Bulldogs have experience up front. But things are pretty green at linebacker and in the secondary.