High School Football

Preview 2011: Moses Lake Chiefs

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.

Home field: Lions Field.

Projected starters

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).

Quick hits

* 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.

Outlook

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.

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