High School Football

2011 preview: Pasco Bulldogs

Here is a preview of the Pasco Bulldogs for the 2011 CBBN 3A football season:

Coach: Dustin Lamb (3rd year, 5-13).

Last league title: 2006.

Last playoff berth: 2008.

Home field: Edgar Brown Stadium.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

TJ Avery QB Jr. 6-0 200

Luis Murillo RB Jr. 5-8 175

Josh Guajardo WR Jr. 6-1 145

Ethan Cantu WR Sr. 5-10 160

Karson King WR Sr. 5-8 160

Kris Cruz TE Sr. 5-10 175

Alfonso Cobian OL Jr. 6-3 230

Michael Hale OL Sr. 6-0 195

Anthony McKittrick OL Sr. 5-10 170

Zach Krieder OL Jr. 6-0 190

Ricardo Galvez OL Jr. 5-8 180

Ryan Gibson K So. 6-1 165

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Christian Wilson-Zavaleta DL Sr. 5-8 190

Geoffrey Westcott DL So. 5-10 200

Anthony McKittrick DL Sr. 5-10 170

Zach Krieder LB Jr. 6-0 190

Ricardo Galvez LB Jr. 5-8 180

Lonnie Hurley LB Sr. 5-9 175

Karson King LB Sr. 5-8 160

Abree Kinsey LB Sr. 5-8 180

Clifton Lazano Jr. DB So. 5-7 150

Ethan Cantu DB Sr. 5-10 160

Luis Murillo DB Jr. 5-8 175

TJ Avery P Jr. 6-0 200

Others to watch: TE-LB Casey Slack, Jr. (6-2, 185); WR-DB Jeff Christiansen, Sr. (6-0, 175); DB Avery; RB Hurley; RB Lozano.

Quick hits

* Avery, who would have been the team's top returning receiver (13-176, 1 TD), takes over behind center after QB Zach Whitby transferred to Richland after a breakout freshamn season. Avery is a talented athlete (standout baseball player) but hasn't lined up behind center since middle school. Murillo led team in all-purpose yards (925) with solid numbers rushing, receiving and returning kicks.

* Bulldogs will be undersized, with just three projected starters at 200 pounds or more (one of those is QB Avery). But they demonstrated plenty of fight in the offseason.

* Last season's injury bug is this year's headstart, with six players on offense and eight on defense having some starting experience. Krieder and Hurley lead a veteran group of linebackers.

Outlook

Four full seasons have passed since the Bulldogs last made the state playoffs (nine OTs vs. Bothell bring back any memories?).

This could be the season Pasco gets back to being a regular postseason contender. This is the most experienced team Lamb has had in his three seasons. The key will be keeping pressure (defensive and situational) off Avery while he gets up to speed.

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