High School Football

2011 preview: Southridge Suns

Here is a preview of the Southridge Suns for the 2011 CBBN 3A football season:

Coach: Tony Reiboldt (2nd year, 4-6).

Last league title: 2008.

Last playoff berth: 2009.

Home field: Lampson Stadium.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Matt Mendenhall QB Sr. 6-3 200

Chris Haueter RB Sr. 5-11 170

Kadin Diaz RB So. 5-0 195

Josh Richards WR Sr. 5-10 155

Paul Hamada WR Sr. 5-8 150

Garrett Willard TE Sr. 6-2 210

Gavin Gillespie LT Sr. 5-10 240

Sam Barnes LG Sr. 6-1 240

Dylan Maurer C Sr. 6-1 195

Brody Samples RG Jr. 6-1 215

Matt Gibson RT Sr. 5-11 265

Chandler Mertens K Sr. 5-8 165

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Brody Samples DE Jr. 6-1 215

Sam Barnes DT Sr. 6-1 240

Trey Tutt N So. 6-4 260

Garrett Willard DE Sr. 6-2 210

Chris Haueter OLB Sr. 5-11 170

Matt Mahan MLB Sr. 5-10 175

Dylan Maurer OLB Sr. 6-1 195

Quinn Harris CB Sr. 5-9 160

David Mazzei CB Jr. 5-10 150

Adam Sanders SS Sr. 6-1 180

Josh Richards FS Sr. 5-10 155

Chris Haueter P Sr. 5-11 170

Others to watch: WR Sanders, Sr. (6-1, 180); OL Julio Aleman, Sr. (5-8, 220); LB Cole Henderson, Jr. (6-0, 165); DE Kevin Del Angel, Jr. (6-0, 195); RT Tutt; TE Bryce Overholt, So. (6-0, 195); LB Diaz; WR Clay Gonzalez, So. (5-10, 165); WR Brenden Kelly, So. (6-1, 155).

Quick hits

* With Mendenhall, Haueter and Mertens, the Suns return 116 points (more than half last year's total) and 2,900 total yards (84 percent of offense). Mendenhall's 2,602 passing yards were tops in CBBN last season. However, with just three returning starters on offense, a lot of kids must grow up fast under Friday night pressure.

* LB Haueter is the only returning defensive starter. However, Barnes and Maurer would have started last season, Reiboldt said, if they had played.

* Mertens is the best kicker around (21x23 XP, 7x10 FG) and is a boost to the defense with his kickoffs routinely reaching the end zone.

Outlook

Good signs for the Suns are if Haueter gets his 20-25 touches a game, if team's rushing doesn't lag too far behind passing numbers (Suns only CBBN team not to gain 1,000 yards on ground), and if O- and D-lines play as big as their frames.

Bad sign: Mendenhall throws the ball 90 more times than any other QB in league (like last year) but doesn't lead in TD passes.

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