Here is a preview of the Toppenish Wildcats for the 2011 CWAC football season:
Coach: Jason Smith (4th year, 17-13).
Last league title: 1990.
Last playoff berth: 2005.
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Home field: A.C. Meagher Field.
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Daniel Maldonado QB Sr. 6-2 187
Miguel Jimenez RB Sr. 5-8 160
Domingo Luna RB Jr. 5-8 171
David Chavez FB Sr. 5-9 210
Peter Equihua TE Sr. 5-10 172
Dominic Whalawitsa TE Sr. 5-9 185
Robert Luna C So. 5-11 247
Antonio Dominguez G Sr. 5-9 245
Thompson Roberts G Sr. 5-9 216
Justin Barney T Sr. 6-2 288
Juan Alcala T Sr. 5-9 157
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Israel Hernandez DE Jr. 5-10 161
Robert Luna DT So. 5-11 247
Thompson Roberts DT Sr. 5-9 216
Alex Rodriguez DE Jr. 5-8 176
Juan Alcala LB Sr. 5-9 157
Domingo Luna LB Jr. 5-8 171
David Chavez LB Sr. 5-9 210
Miguel Jimenez CB Sr. 5-8 160
Peter Equihua CB Sr. 5-10 172
Carlos Hernandez S Jr. 5-6 132
Victor L. Lopez S Sr. 5-7 168
* The Wildcats had a banner season in 2010, earning seven victories. A big reason is Chavez, who was an honorable mention pick at both running back and linebacker. He rushed for 510 yards and scored nine touchdowns in 2010. Chavez found the end zone 10 times and scored 62 points.
* Equihua, a returning two-way starter, was an honorable mention selection at defensive back. As a receiver, he caught 10 passes for 314 yards and a stunning 31.4 yards per catch.
* Maldonado passed for 484 yards last season, but just one TD pass.
* Roberts is another two-way starter returning for Smith. He'll anchor both sides of the lines. In fact, he's the only starter back on either line.
It all starts with Maldonado, who will need to improve on his just one TD pass from last season.
Then it will go to Chavez and Equihua, who are two pretty potent weapons.
Defensively, Jimenez and Equihua will lead the secondary.
For many years, the Toppenish program has struggled. But not over the last couple of seasons under Smith.
He believes he has a tradition starting.
"The current seniors wish to continue with the success and 'Wildcat Brotherhood' that has been established for the last three years," said Smith.