Here is a preview of the Moses Lake Chiefs for the 2011 Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A football season:
Coach: Todd Griffith (3rd year, 8-12).
Last league title: Never.
Last playoff berth: 2009.
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Home field: Lions Field.
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Justin Simmons QB Jr. 6-1 185
Jordan Koon Slot Sr. 5-9 175
Colton Thompson Slot Jr. 6-0 175
Bryce Perez FB Sr. 6-4 200
A.J. Johnson WR Sr. 6-1 200
Cameron Ballard WR Jr. 6-3 180
J.T. Harman C Sr. 5-10 280
Dalton Tolliver G Jr. 6-0 255
Cory Oldridge G Jr. 6-0 220
Brenden Cox T Jr. 6-1 200
Alex Fick T Sr. 6-0 225
Elliott Sage K Jr. 5-9 180
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Derek Fredricksen DE Jr. 6-2 205
Jacob Wells NT Jr. 5-9 200
Shawn Juhl DE Jr. 6-1 195
Payton Akridge Dog Sr. 5-8 170
Hunter Warkentin Dog Sr. 5-8 165
Hector Zavala LB Jr. 5-10 190
Jonathan Perales MLB Jr. 5-10 185
Elliott Sage LB Jr. 5-9 180
Brooks Millbrandt CB So. 5-7 155
Trino Rubio CB Jr. 5-9 170
Cameron Law FS Jr. 5-10 180
Easton Baker P Jr. 6-1 175
Others to watch
WR Nick Sutherland, So. (6-1, 160); WR Russell Coulston, Jr. (5-10, 170); RB Stephen Cline, Sr. (6-0, 200); DE Thomas Knopp, Sr. (6-3, 230); NT Reece Leavitt, So. (6-1, 240); DL Kallin Fluaitt, So. (5-10, 240); WR Beau Bernsen, Jr. (6-2, 160); DL Brennan Smith, Sr. (5-10, 180); OL Cory Oldridge, Jr. (6-0, 220); OL/DL Kerry Beamish, So. (6-2, 260); OL Dalton Tolliver, Jr. (6-0, 255); OL Caleb Carvo, Soph. (6-0, 250); LB Dylan Greninger, So. (6-0, 190).
* The Chiefs only have 12 seniors on the team, leaving several underclassmen to step up in leadership roles. One of them is QB Simmons, who ended up finishing second among CBBN 4A regulars with a 56.2 completion percentage.
* The LBs will lead the defense with returnin starters Perales and Zavala.
* Chiefs have plenty of experience at WR, and Griffith has been pleased with their route-running and blocking. "At this point, they need to see somebody else on defense," he said.
* DE Fredricksen is starting to remind fans of his older brother and former Moses Lake star Brett. Don't be surprised if Derek makes a name of his own.
Chiefs hit a bump in the road last season and are still trying to find their way back. They have the
talent to make a run this season, but the question remains if they can find the right people to lead them.