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2011 preview: Othello Huskies

Here is the preview of the Othello Huskies for the 2011 football season:

Coach: Roger Hoell (18th year, 121-59).

Last league title: 2003.

Last playoff berth: 2010.

Home field: Huskie Field.

Projected starters


David Garza QB Jr. 6-1 175

Caleb Garza RB Sr. 5-10 195

Joey Gomez FB Sr. 5-10 220

Trevor Walker WR Jr. 6-3 175

Preston Gardner WR Sr. 5-7 155

Dustin Rodgers TE Sr. 6-2 215

Anthony Otero OL Sr. 5-8 230

Derek Valdez OL Jr. 6-2 270

T.J. Spurgeon OL Sr. 5-8 200

Tyler Evens OL Sr. 5-10 180

Carsten Ashton OL Sr. 6-1 185


Tyson Mollotte DL Sr. 6-1 205

Joey Gomez DL Sr. 5-10 220

Stephen Villarreal DL Sr. 5-11 205

Tanner Wagner DL So. 5-11 175

Joseph Walker LB Sr. 5-11 195

Kyle Duke LB Sr. 5-8 175

Eric Garza LB Jr. 5-8 170

Austin Roylance DB Sr. 5-9 165

Juston Lind DB Jr. 5-10 165

Caleb Garza DB Sr. 5-10 195

Henry Boersma DB Sr. 5-11 160

Others to watch: LB Eric Alvarez, Jr., (5-6, 160); LB Callen Anderson, Jr., (5-10, 175); WR Boersma; DL Derek Cantu, Jr., (6-1, 180); OL Derek Gilbert, Jr., (5-10, 195); LB Matt Melo, Jr., (5-9, 180); OL Bubba Ruiz, So.; (6-1, 215); WR Jacob Tovar, Sr., (6-2, 175); LB Richie Valdez, Jr., (5-8, 170).

Quick hits

* Last year's squad was 7-3 and made the state playoffs. A large part of that team comes back, led by all-everything Caleb Garza, the offensive MVP who rushed for 1,605 yards and scored 23 TDs. He was also a first-team all-star as defensive back and as a kick returner.

* QB David Garza gives the offense some balance. Last season as a sophomore, he threw for 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns against just five interceptions.

* Defensively, Hoell has six starters back. Mollotte and Gomez will anchor the line, as Walker will the linebacking corps. Roylance, Lind and Caleb Garza will man the secondary.

* Before they get into league play, the Huskies have a tough opener tonight at Connell.


The talent is there to do some serious damage, not just in the league, but in the entire state. The key, says Hoell, will be how everyone gets along.

"Our kids have developed tremendous team chemistry this fall," he said. "It is essential to our success to have that chemistry within our team."