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2011 preview: Wapato Wolves

Here is a preview of the Wapato Wolves for the 2011 CWAC football season:

Coach: Orson Christensen (1st year).

Last league title: Never.

Last playoff berth: 2000.

Home field: Dan Doornink Field.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Efren Diaz QB Sr. 5-6 170

Ricardo Rodriguez FB Jr. 5-8 175

Ignacio Ibarra WB Sr. 5-8 135

Adam Vela WR So. 6-0 170

Jaime De La Torre WR Sr. 5-9 155

Juan Melgosa TE So. 6-0 180

Alex Katzfey C Sr. 6-1 250

Noe Mendez G Jr. 5-10 185

Arturo Guerrero G Jr. 6-0 230

Zeke Martinez T Sr. 6-2 260

Matt White T Jr. 6-2 275

Juan Melgosa K So. 6-0 180

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Alex Katzfey DT Sr. 6-1 250

Jacob Contreras NT So. 6-0 235

Zeke Martinez DT Sr. 6-2 260

Efren Diaz OLB Sr. 5-6 170

Miguel Rivera OLB Sr. 5-9 175

Ricardo Rodriguez ILB Jr. 5-8 175

Dylan Rivera ILB So. 6-0 220

Ignacio Ibarra DB Sr. 5-8 135

Jaime De La Torre DB Sr. 5-9 155

Juan Melgosa DB So. 6-0 180

Anthony Alvarado DB So. 6-0 165

Juan Melgosa P So. 6-0 180

Others to watch: QB Alvarado; RB Rivera.

Quick hits

* Wapato was winless last season. But it found an experienced coach in Christensen, who has been a coach for 47 years. That includes a 10-year stretch at Eastern Oregon University. Last season he was at Rainier Christian, but he decided to move on when the school, which should play 11-man football, had to play 8-man.

* Ibarra is the big offensive guy back. He rushed for 335 yards on 63 carries, averaging 5.3 yards each time he touched the ball.

* One thing Christensen does have is size up front on the offensive line, the five starters averaging 240 pounds.

* The Wolves will take a look at a lot of players this season. Christensen says Rivera will get his chances at running back, as will Alvarado at quarterback.

* Two players return as two-way starters from 2010. Rodriguez started at fullback and inside linebacker, while Martinez starts on both sides of the line.

Outlook

No one is expecting any miracles this season at Wapato. But what Christensen does give the Wolves is an experienced football man who still loves the game and coaching kids.

He'll try a 3-4 defense, and the secondary will need to step up. The Wolves will need some strong play on the offensive line too.

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