Here is a preview of the Sunnyside Grizzlies for the 2011 CBBN 3A football season:
Coach: Mark Marro (10th year, 25-65).
Last league title: 1981.
Last playoff berth: 2003.
Home field: Clem Senn Field.
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Eduardo Salmeron QB Jr. 6-1 170
Steven Monterrey RB Sr. 5-10 190
Eric Amaro RB Jr. 6-2 175
Ramon Hernandez RB Jr. 5-8 175
Joseph Contreras WR Jr. 5-8 165
Brandon Daley WR Jr. 6-2 195
Miguel Guzman LT Sr. 6-1 215
Marcos Nunez LG Sr. 5-9 250
Cameron Schlenker C So. 5-10 260
Michael Cornwell RG Sr. 5-9 250
Valentin Trujillo RT Sr. 6-1 240
Steven Monterrey K Sr. 5-10 190
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Eric Amaro DE Jr. 6-2 175
Rudy Navarro DT Sr. 5-9 220
Marcos Nunez DT Sr. 5-9 250
Valentin Trujillo DE Sr. 6-1 240
Brandon Daley OLB Jr. 6-2 195
Raul Aguilar MLB Sr. 5-8 225
Ramon Hernandez OLB Jr. 5-8 175
Trey Serl CB Jr. 5-9 170
Joseph Contreras CB Jr. 5-8 165
Steven Monterrey S Sr. 5-10 190
Isidro Ramirez S Sr. 5-6 160
Rudy Navarro P Sr. 5-9 220
Others to watch: DB Salmeron; DL Cornwell; WR Ramirez; WR Navarro.
* Grizzlies return the league's top all-purpose player in Monterrey, who ran for 925 yards and 6 TDs and caught 40 passes for 369 yards. Still has a big O-line to run behind -- Schlenker drew praise from Marro for his hard work in the offseason -- but Sunnyside expects to stretch the field with Salmeron's arm and a corps of receivers who can run under deep passes.
* Defense sports a lot of new faces, but Amaro can be a real force on the end. Linebackers show a lot of promise.
* Though it has been 30 years since their last league title and eight years since the playoffs, the Grizzlies are dealing with high expectations coming off a four-win season and fifth-place finish in league.
"Everybody said we'd get beat by 100," Marro said of when his team joined a league with the Tri-City schools. "Now, they're mad if we lose by one."
The Grizzlies under Marro first and foremost always will be a trap-blocking team. But as they continue to beef up the line each season -- and this year add a vertical component -- defensive coordinators might have to do a little more work to account for Sunnyside's attack. Grizzlies have real shot at postseason providing their depth holds out.