High School Football

2011 preview: Richland Bombers

Here is a preview of the Richland Bombers for the CBBN 4A football season:

Coach: Mike Neidhold (4th year, 21-10).

Last league title: 2008.

Last playoff berth: 2010.

Home field: Fran Rish Stadium.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Colter Quick QB Sr. 6-3 185

Cameron Simpson RB Jr. 5-9 175

B.K. Robinson RB Sr. 6-1 190

Patrick Robinson WR Sr. 6-3 175

Ellijah Gardaya WR Sr. 5-8 170

Jarett Wolf TE Sr. 5-11 205

Derek Matheson C Jr. 5-10 228

Kaehlin Laville G Jr. 6-3 230

Dennis Christensen G Sr. 6-4 270

Clayton Simundson T Jr. 6-3 235

Mitch Lauterbach T Sr. 6-0 200

Q Taychak K Sr. 5-10 145

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

B.K. Robinson DE Sr. 6-1 190

Jarett Wolf DT Sr. 5-11 205

Dennis Christensen DT Sr. 6-4 270

Mitch Lauterbach DE Sr. 6-0 200

Sawyer Powell LB Sr. 6-2 205

Tory Weitz LB Sr. 6-3 175

Cameron Simpson LB Jr. 5-9 175

Deric Samples DB Jr. 6-0 150

Connor Egbert DB Sr. 5-8 160

Ellijah Gardaya DB Sr. 5-8 170

Mason Baird DB Jr. 5-9 165

Joe Payne P Sr. 5-11 175

Others to watch

WR/DB Connor Qualheim, Sr. (5-10, 160); QB Gibson McGeorge, So. (5-10, 160); QB Zack Whitby, So. (5-9, 175); RB/LB Matt Chalmers, Jr. (5-11, 209); RB/LB Hayden Whitby, So. (5-9, 180); TE/LB Ethan Whitby, Sr. (6-0, 210); OL/DL Tyler Jackson, Jr. (6-0, 260); OL/DL Michael Van Gorkum, Jr. (5-11, 240); OL/DL Devon Krumm, Sr. (6-3, 230); OL/DL Will Fisher, Fr. (6-4, 230); WR/LB Brock Whitby, So. (6-2, 170); TE/DL Mitchell Campbell, Jr. (6-1, 190); TE/LB Elijah Morris, So. (6-2, 185).

Quick hits

* QB Quick will benefit from the tutelage of Tom Moore and a year of off-season work.

* K Kevin Garza will miss the season after surgery on his stomach 2 days into fall camp. But Q Taychak, who filled in admirably for Garza last season, can put a charge into the ball.

* QB Zack Whitby is one of four Whitby family members to join the Bombers this year after transferring from Pasco. Zack was the Bulldogs' leading passer as a freshman with 1,541 yards and 14 TDs.

* He may not have the prettiest style, but RB Robinson led CBBN 4A with 8.1 yards per carry last season. "He runs like a bucket of bolts, but he made some spectacular runs," Neidhold said.

Outlook

The Bombers lost some bodies on the line, but they have valuable returners at the skill positions. They'll contend for the CBBN 4A title.

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