Team Preview: Coffeyville

The Coffeyville football program began the 2012 football season last night with a 58-26 loss to 10th-ranked Hutchinson, but even with that lopsided score, first-year Red Ravens head coach Aaron Flores and the rest of his staff like the players they have to work with. Here is a look at who some of their top prospects will be this fall and what fans can expect from them...

At quarterback, A.J. Derby, who signed with Iowa out of high school, is already drawing interest from schools across the country.

Joining Derby in the backfield are freshman RB Andre Allen and sophomore Garrett Atzenweiler along with FB Rashon Thames.

Thames is a devestating blocker while Allen is more of a scatback and Atzenweiler does most of his damage in between the tackles.

At wide receiver, when Derby drops back he will have two solid freshman wideouts to target in Jalen Cobb and Dominique Reed.

TE Alex Knorr is also in the mix to be a big target in the passing game, but he does most of his damage as a solid blocker on the edge.

Along the offensive line, D.J. Lynn and Jordan Bath both return at guard while Cameron McLain holds down the left tackle spot and freshman Kenneth Sellers will play right tackle.

On defense, Coffeyville has four new starters. Senituli Fakauho and Terry Jackson hold down the defensive tackle spots while Matthew Mosley and Lawrence Burl both are players they will count on to get pressure from the outside.

LB Martrell Spaight is one of the top returning tacklers in the nation after posting 121 last season to go along with 3.5 sacks.

He will be joined by LaRon Mitchell and a host of other young players in the linebacking corps.

The secondary has some very interesting prospects in Michael Williams and Brandon Willingham at corner with Javon Williams manning one of the safety spots.

Things don't get any easier for the Red Ravens this coming week as they will be home to play host to Trinity Valley, another nationally ranked program, but once they get through that test, they have a chance to get right over the following four weeks before facing a solid Dodge City squad, an always loaded Butler team and Garden City to close out the regular season on October 27th.

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