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.
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Home field: Dan Doornink Field.
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.
* 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.
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.