High School Football

2011 preview: Hanford Falcons

Here is a preview of the Hanford Falcons for the 2011 CBBN 3A football season:

Coach: Rob Oram (7th year, 21-40).

Last league title: 1999.

Last playoff berth: 2009.

Home field: Fran Rish Stadium.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Brennan Rains QB Jr. 5-10 165

Jalen DeVine RB Jr. 5-10 170

Brandon Reeves FB Jr. 5-11 190

Jake Oram WR Jr. 6-0 180

Matt Jones WR Jr. 6-2 185

Tyler Sanchez HB Sr. 6-1 200

Joe Douglas LT Jr. 6-3 240

Jared Miller LG Sr. 6-2 250

Ryan Shank C Sr. 6-1 205

Jeff Weyand RG So. 5-11 240

Casey Enderlin RT Sr. 5-11 190

Will Bishop K So. 5-11 185

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Tyler Sanchez DE Sr. 6-1 200

Cody Kowalski DT Jr. 6-1 245

Xavier Johnson DT Jr. 6-0 215

Zack Gaston DE Jr. 5-11 225

Matt Jones OLB Jr. 6-2 185

Cody Baldowski MLB Sr. 5-11 220

Will Bishop OLB So. 5-11 185

Tyler Steckler CB Sr. 5-7 155

Josh Tayamen CB Sr. 5-7 155

Isaac Benard SS So. 5-9 195

Jake Oram FS Jr. 6-0 180

Will Bishop P So. 5-11 185

Others to watch

KR-DB DeVine; KR-RB Benard; RB Bishop; WR-DB Kyle Lafon, Sr. (6-1, 175); WR Ryan Boord, Sr. (6-0, 170); FB-DL Durrell Kinsey, Sr. (5-8, 200); SB Tayamen; SB Steckler; OL Ryan Cantwell, So. (6-1, 240); OL Corbett Sandvick, Jr. (5-11, 235); OL Brian Megaughey, Sr. (5-9, 230); OL-DL Jim Ramsey, Sr. (5-11, 190); HB Gaston; DB Elon Staten, Sr. (5-10, 150); LB Shank; DL Enderlin; DL Douglas; LB Nate McGehee, So. (6-0, 180); LB Garrett Stoker, Jr. (6-0, 175).

Quick hits

* The lines must improve, and should with 2 O-line returners and 3 D-line. The Falcons should match up better physically around the league after starting so many young players last season. Oram says LT Douglas and DE Sanchez are players to watch.

* Defense should be much improved (allowed 30 ppg last year) with 7 returning starters, including CB Tayaman who led team with 2 INTs.

* RB DeVine looked good in the offseason. But Falcons need passing game to loosen up defenses and improve on 12 ppg. Jones was team's No. 2 receiver last season (13-254, 2 TDs).

Outlook

The Falcons hope to follow in the blueprint set by their neighbors at Richland High last season, when a team that won 4 games in '09 went 9-2 and reached the state playoffs.

If Hanford avoids a big-time injury -- it lost top player Aaron Neary for most of last season -- and gets steady play from line, playoffs not out of question.

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