Coconino Preseason Preview takes a sneak peak at the Coconino Panthers.

Team: Coconino
Mascot: Panthers

City: Flagstaff

Head coach: Tadd Ragan

2006 Record: 2-8

Region: 4A2 Grand Canyon




8/17- Scrimmage v. Blue Ridge

8/25- Washington

8/31- @ Cortez

9/7- Arcadia

9/21- @ Higley

9/28- @ Mohave

10/5- Bradshaw Mountain

10/12- @ Sinagua

10/19- @ Page

10/26- Mingus

11/2- Flagstaff


Key Losses: LB Levi Daulton, QB/DB Will Atherton, RB Sean Marion, LB Matt Ortiz, WR Clay Burris


Key Returners: DB Josh Shirley, RB Johnny Cordova




It was a rough year last season at Coconino. The varsity went 2-8 and the JVs went 0-8. Coach Ragan had to start from the ground up and his main goal this off-season was to get "more participation in the weight room." Some of the kids that Ragan says progressed well were DB Justin Betz and RB Jah Boone and he thinks Brady Nittman, Lucas Hull, Johnny Cordova and Amos Combrink will be pleasant surprises. Combrink spent time up with the varsity squad last season as a freshman and RB Cordova is a transfer from Copper Canyon that Ragan thinks could be a D1 kid next year.


They lose QB Will Atherton, their top four rushers and top five tacklers. Remaining competitive and getting a few wins under their belt will be the goal this year. Coach Ragan says, "For the most part we will be young and inexperienced. There are a lot of sophomores and juniors playing. This year we just want to be competitive."

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