Players to Watch
DB/WR Tim White, Sr. Kamiakin
White was named first team all-league on both offense and defense last season. White is a great athlete and the main reason I have Kamiakin favored in the 3A division.
DL Jon Allen, Sr. Kamiakin
Allen was named to the first team all-league performer last season. He should have more success in the newly formed 3A division.
RB Dallin Palmer, Sr. Southridge
Palmer was the co-offensive player of the year in the CBBN last season. He is an all-league performer and Southridge will lean on him to carry their offense this year.
WR Drew Loftus, Sr. Kennewick
Loftus earned all-league first team honors last season. He is a playmaker that hauled in a staggering 9 touchdowns last season.
DL Dustin Martin, Sr. Eisenhower
Martin was named first team all-league last season. He is a disruptive force on a stacked Eisenhower line that should cause problems for most opponents in the trenches.
OL Matt Briceno, Sr. Eisenhower
Eisenhower is the most talented team in the 4A division. Their line is a major reason why, returning two all-league performers.
OL Abel Soto, Sr. Eisenhower
Abel was the co-offensive linemen of the year in the CBBN last season. He is a talented lineman that will be responsible for opening holes in the running game.
LB Nick Vincent, Sr. Chiawana
Chiawana struggled last year, finishing the season 1-8. I would expect them to struggle again this season. However, look for Vincent to be a bright spot on the defense.
DB David Trimble, Jr. Davis
Tremble and teammate McCray were the only two sophomores named all-league in the conference. Davis went winless in conference last season and hopes the young talent can turn the program around.
DL C.J. McCray, Jr. Davis
McCray earned first team all-league honors as a sophomore. A rare feat for a lineman, he should only continue to impress as his body continues to develop.
RB Jake McKinney, Sr. Richland
Richland finished just under .500 last year and is looking to get over the hump and into the playoffs. McKinney will be the key on the offense moving the ball.
OL Joey White, Sr. Richland
White was all-league last season and needs to open up holes for his all-league running back if Richland has playoff hopes this season.
DB Keaton Smith, SR. Wenatchee
Wenatchee graduated a lot of talent and will need to have young players step up. Smith is a returning all-league performer and should be a leader on offense for Wenatchee.
9/3, Moses Lake at Coeur d'Alene (Non-League)
9/3, Wenatchee at Southridge
9/23, Kamiakin at Kennewick
10/1, Eisenhower at Wenatchee
10/7, Kamiakin at Southridge
10/14, Eisenhower at Moses Lake
CBBN 4A Champ: Eisenhower
CBBN 3A Champ: Kamiakin
Most of the dominant teams in last year's 4A division graduated their star players. I think that Eisenhower brings back the most talent. They will have a new quarterback in sophomore Kolney Cassel. Cassell has the talent but it is yet to be seen how that translates to the field on Friday nights. Wenatchee, Moses Lake, and Walla Walla are in the next group of teams. In a lot of ways, the league is up for grabs and whoever can get off to a hot start has a chance to win the title.
It is much of the same situation in the 3A division. I think that this division comes down to a battle between Kamiakin and Southridge. Can the playmaking skills of Tim White lead Kamiakin to the title? Or will Dallin Palmer carry Southridge to another successful season? We will see this fall, but my bet is on Kamiakin.
As always, there are many more that could have made the list. Visit our forums to let me know who else you think should have made the list.