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.
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Home field: Edgar Brown Stadium.
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.
* 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.
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.