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NE 2B story lines

The vaunted 2011 Colfax senior class that went 35-3 has finally graduated.

That’s the good news for NE 2B opponents. The bad news? Things aren’t going to change much at Colfax.

Colfax may return only six starters, but the Bulldogs bring back 25 lettermen. And in 2B football, that’s a lot of experience.

“The guys who are coming up have all played significant time,” longtime Colfax coach Mike Morgan said. “Of any (senior) group I’ve had returning, this might be the group to rebuild with.”

The fact of the matter is they don’t rebuild at Colfax. They reload.

Just listen to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague coach Greg Whitmore.

“Until someone can knock them off, Colfax is the league favorite,” Whitmore said. “They lost many very good athletes to graduation, but they’re so well-coached and have a winning tradition.”

Returning all-leaguers

It’s obvious by the lack of returning all-leaguers that the league was heavy on experience last year.

Just two all-league players return. they’re both from Colfax and they’re both two-way standouts. They are Justin Berarducci, who switches from wide receiver to quarterback, and lineman Brent Conrad.

Outlook

Lind-Ritzville/Sprague returns eight starters, two more than Colfax.

“I like our team speed,” Whitmore said. “We will be counting heavily on some talented sophomores. We will compete well in our league. We should be a little better at throwing the ball, which will make us more balanced.”

Morgan sees good things from the Broncos.

“They are always very competitive and have one of the best coaches in the state of Washington,” Morgan said.

Two new coaches take over at Liberty and Davenport.

Mike Dewey, a defensive coordinator at Rogers the last four years, takes over at Liberty.

“We’re young and inexperienced at almost all positions, but we do have great leadership from senior offensive lineman/linebacker Brandon Thayer,” Dewey said.

Thayer is Liberty’s lone returning starter.

1. Colfax

2. Lind-Ritzville/Sprague

3. Reardan

4. Kettle Falls

5. Liberty

6. Springdale

7. Davenport


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