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2011 preview: East Valley Red Devils

Here is a preview of the East Valley Red Devils for the 2011 CWAC football season:

Coach: Mark Mochel (2nd year, 6-4).

Last league title: 2004.

Last playoff berth: 2006.

Home field: Earl Barden Field.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Jordan West QB Jr. 6-2 170

Kaleb Schrank RB Jr. 5-7 185

Bobby Martinez RB Sr. 5-6 175

Kris Janis WR Sr. 5-8 168

Seth Powell WR Jr. 6-3 175

Chris Godfrey TE Sr. 6-0 195

Cajun Olson OL Sr. 5-10 240

Ezequiel Viramontes OL Sr. 5-10 200

Salvador Rodriguez OL Sr. 5-10 210

Kenny Hood OL Jr. 6-0 205

Alex Godfrey OL Sr. 5-10 165

Kaleb Schrank K Jr. 5-7 185

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Ezequiel Viramontes DL Sr. 5-10 200

Kenny Hood DL Jr. 6-0 205

Chase Olson DL Sr. 5-11 235

Justin Bixler DL Jr. 5-10 180

Kaleb Schrank LB Jr. 5-7 185

Sergio Reyna LB So. 5-10 155

Fernando Valencia LB Sr. 5-11 195

Kris Janis DB Sr. 5-8 168

Devin Perez DB Sr. 5-7 135

Chris Godfrey DB Sr. 6-0 195

Seth Powell DB Jr. 6-3 175

Chase Dorais P Jr. 6-2 180

Others to watch: QB Brian Bender, Sr., (6-0, 170); OL Bixler; WR/DB Jeano Campo, Sr., (5-9, 156); TE/DB Dorais; RB David Garza, Jr., (5-10, 185); DL Martinez; OL Olson

Quick hits

* Schrank, an honorable mention all-conference kicker last season, looks to be a leader. He'll start at both running back and linebacker in addition to his kicking duties once again.

* Mochel will go with six guys starting on both sides of the ball -- Janis, Schrank, Chris Godfrey, Viramontes, Hood and Powell.

* Keep an eye on Sept. 23 and 30. The Red Devils entertain Prosser, then visit Othello. It could be the key to their season.

Outlook

Coach Mochel starts his second season at the helm in a better comfort zone. The kids know his system and he knows the personnel better.

And coming off of a 6-4 campaign means there's plenty of optimism.

The key will be getting new quarterback Jordan West time to get comfortable running the offense. The good news is that he has three returnees on the offensive line in Viramontes, Rodriguez and Alex Godfrey.

Defensively, Viramontes on the line and Schrank at linebacker will have to lead their respective units as the only returning starters. Janis and Godfrey give the secondary some starting experience.

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