High School Football

2011 preview: Kamiakin Braves

Here is a preview of the Kamiakin Braves for the 2011 CBBN 3A football season:

Coach: Scott Biglin (3rd year, 21-4).

Last league title: 2010.

Last playoff berth: 2010.

Home field: Lampson Stadium.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Jason Hutchison QB Sr. 6-2 175

Zach Umemoto RB Sr. 6-0 195

Brandon Larson WR Sr. 5-11 185

Jesse Houser WR Sr. 5-10 170

James Swinyard WR Sr. 5-9 165

Corey McLean WR Sr. 5-7 150

Luke Bare LT Sr. 6-0 205

T.J. Tolliver LG Sr. 6-6 315

Sean Clausen C Sr. 6-4 235

Nate Brandhorst RG Sr. 6-2 230

Joe Hunt RT Sr. 6-3 215

Connor Shymanski K Fr. 6-2 170

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Joe Hunt DE Sr. 6-3 215

Kevin Greager DT Jr. 6-1 220

Luke Bare DT Sr. 6-0 205

Dylan Keech DE So. 6-0 195

Drew Oord LB Sr. 5-11 210

Zach Umemoto LB Sr. 6-0 195

Johnny Jansen LB Jr. 5-11 190

Tyler Perrins CB Jr. 6-3 170

Corey McLean CB Sr. 5-7 175

Brandon Larson SS Sr. 5-11 185

James Swinyard FS Sr. 5-9 165

James Swinyard P Sr. 5-9 165

Others to watch: QB-FS Kylle Robertson, So.; RB Oord; RB Sisto Santana Pina, Jr.; RB Liam Ollila, Jr.; OL Greager; OL Anthony Hill, Sr.; OL Forrest Reading, Sr.; WR Perrins; WR-DB Tyler Merkel, Sr.; WR Chris Murbach, Sr.; WR Andrew Castillo, Sr.; WR-SS Tyler Woodring, Sr.; DT Mike Hernandez, Sr.; DT Brandhorst; LB Thomas Kirk, So.; LB Sterling Farrah; DB Houser.

Quick hits

* Lot of big names gone, but Umemoto, Houser and Swinyard had nearly 1,200 yards and 16 TDs combined last year. Five returning players scored TDs last season. Also, O-line should be even better than last year.

* New faces along D-line and at DB, but LB corps best in league with returning unanimous first-teamers Oord and Umemoto, a third-year starter. If depth across line holds up, Braves will make things tough for opposing QBs.

* With Tim White gone (and his 7 return TDs), special teams might not be the points machine it was last season.

Outlook

Reaching the state title game is a tough act to follow. But Biglin says it takes two good back-to-back classes to go deep in the playoffs, and now it is time for last year's juniors to take over. Plenty of talent here that was stuck on sidelines last season, which means the Braves will again be in the league title hunt with an eye on another postseason run.

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