Team: Desert Edge
Head coach: Ryan Felker
2006 Record: 4-7
Region: 4A2 Skyline
8/31- Notre Dame
9/28- Seton Catholic (Homecoming)
10/26- @ Kellis
11/2- @ Buckeye
Key Losses: OL Nik Freemyer, OL Brad Rach, TE/DE Brandon Ortega, DB Carlos Alcantar, DL Robert Rosales, LB Bryan Payette, DE Marcus Jacobs, RB Tarell Brock, DB Markell Brock
Key Returners: OL Travis Muller, OL Matt Baxter, LB Jeremi Williams, P Jonathan Thornton, LB David Berg, DL Devin Sauceda, K Radek Jana
The Scorpions went 4-7 last year and lost three of those games by a total of nine points, so a winning season was within reach. They did end up making their first ever playoff appearance. They lose some solid offensive and defensive linemen but they have core group of players that could get them above the .500 mark. It all starts up front and big OLs Travis Muller and Matt Baxter return after garnering all region honors. Maurice McInnis and Chad Snider will be asked to step up at RB and QB respectively. Two way star Brandon Ortega was their leading receiver at TE last year and he will be missed.
Replacing the 27 sacks that DEs Marcus Jacobs and Brandon Oretga will be the biggest task on defense. Devin Sauceda will be asked to step up and be a force. All region LB David Berg will be moved to safety and McInnis will also see double duty in the secondary. The kicking game looks solid as both their punter and kicker were all region picks last year.
Coach Felker was pleased with his team's performance in passing league and believe me Desert Edge has some athletes, their track team won the 4A2 state title and they get players from a 6-2 JV team. DE plays five teams that were playoff bound last year and four of those games are in the first half of the season and one of them played in 3A last year (Seton Catholic). If they can make it through the rough patch at the beginning of the year, I think DE could improve on last year's mark and make the playoffs.