High School Football

2011 preview: Kennewick Lions

Here is a preview of the Kennewick Lions for the 2011 CBBN 3A football season:

Coach: Bill Templeton (10th year, 39-52).

Last league title: 1991.

Last playoff berth: 2007.

Home field: Lampson Stadium.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Bryce Leavitt QB Sr. 6-4 175

Grant Woods RB Sr. 5-7 165

Devven Ramos RB Jr. 6-0 175

Bodie Simpson WR Jr. 5-7 160

Reggie Clinton WR Sr. 6-0 170

Brock Schuh WR Sr. 5-11 170

Garrett Wilz LT Sr. 6-4 210

Clayton Ayers LG Jr. 6-0 225

Ivan Diaz C Sr. 6-0 295

Jarod Gonzeles RG Sr. 6-0 235

TJ Fields RT Sr. 5-11 195

Paul Martinez PK Sr. 5-0 120

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Garrett Wilz DL Sr. 6-4 210

Ivan Diaz DT Sr. 6-0 295

Jarrod Howell DL Sr. 6-0 205

Devven Ramos OLB Jr. 6-0 175

TJ Fields MLB Sr. 5-11 195

Alex Rivera MLB Jr. 6-1 185

Shaun Smith OLB Sr. 6-1 175

Grant Woods CB Sr. 5-7 165

Chase Reining CB Sr. 5-11 160

Brock Schuh SS Sr. 5-11 170

Bodie Simpson FS Jr. 5-7 160

Devven Ramos P Jr. 6-0 175

Others to watch: WR Kaden Julian, Jr. (6-1, 160); WR Reining; LB Troy Fulton, Sr. (5-9, 170); LB Tory Osmundson, Sr. (5-10, 170); OL-DL Matt Lowe, Jr. (6-3, 220).

Quick hits

* The Lions might have graduated the league MVP, but they hardly are starting from scratch with seven returning starters on offense and six on defense. Still, there are plenty of adjustments to be made with Ramos moving from WR to RB and Leavitt from WR to QB, a brand new position for him. O-line should be a strength.

* Templeton loves his D-line, with "freakishly strong" Diaz clogging up the middle. Lions have a returning all-leaguer at each level: Diaz, LB Smith and SS Schuh.

* Last year, the Lions had the best athlete in the league in Drew Loftus. This year, they are athletic across the board. Speed will be the key.

Outlook

The Lions might start slow offensively and need the running game to carry the freight until Leavitt gets up to speed lining up behind center on a Friday night. When he does, that will open up some big-play possibilities for Simpson and Woods. The defense should deliver and again be among the best in the league. So long as the offense doesn't put them in harm's way with turnovers, the Lions should be in the thick of the playoff race and challenge for the league title.

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