High School Football

2011 preview: Sunnyside Grizzlies

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.

Projected starters

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.

Quick hits

* 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."

Outlook

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.

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