Published August 25, 2012
2012 Football Preview: River Ridge and Elma
River Ridge: Hawks poised to take off
Elma: Eagles change focus to up-tempo strategy
RIVER RIDGE HAWKS
Coach: Steve Schultz, 10th year
2011 record: 3-6, 6th in league.
Offense: Coordinator (set) Steve Schultz (zone read).
Returning starters 8.
Top players WR Wesley Coats, 6-0, 170, sr.; OL Theo Cobb, 6-0, 200, sr.; OL Rayne Lemaster, 6-3, 220, sr.; QB Colby Schultz, 5-7, 145, sr.; RB/WR Brad Wallace, 6-0, 175, sr.
Defense: Coordinators (set) Chad Arko, Jerry Madrid (3-5).
Returning starters 7.
Top players -DL Vaughn Berg, 5-11, 220, jr.; LB Elijah Camacho, 5-6, 165, jr.; LB Jonathan Lazik, 5-9, 200, jr.; LB Matthew Tucker, 6-0, 205, sr.
Outlook: With a renovated locker room and new helmets and uniforms comes a renewed positive vibe. And Schultz is also discarding his old offense the spread and going to something that will create more big plays in the running game. Wallace totaled more than 2,500 all-purpose yards the past two seasons.2012 River Ridge Football Schedule
Home games in CAPS. All games at 7 p.m.
* 2A Evergreen Conference game
Friday, Aug. 31: at Timberline
Friday, Sept. 7: SEQUIM
Friday, Sept. 14: RIDGEFIELD
Friday, Sept. 21: at Hockinson
Friday, Sept. 28: BLACK HILLS *
Friday, Oct. 5: at Centralia *
Friday, Oct. 12: at W.F. West *
Thursday, Oct. 18: TUMWATER *
Friday, Oct. 26: at Capital *
Coach: Jim Hill, 18th year
2011 record: 4-5, 4th in league.
Offense: Coordinator (set) Jim Hill (spread).
Returning starters 9.
Top players WR Erick Atkins, 6-1, 190, sr.; OL Austin Black, 5-11, 180, sr.; RB Brian Magler, 5-8, 170, sr.; RB Layne Sutten, 6-2, 175, sr.; QB Todd Swinhart, 5-8, 150, jr.; OL Joe Wilson, 6-4, 230, soph.
Defense: Coordinator (set) Ron Clark (4-3).
Returning starters 8.
Top players DL Austin Black, 5-11, 180, sr.; LB Ricky Escalante, 5-8, 190, jr.; DB Brian Magler, 5-8, 170, sr.; DB Layne Sutten, 6-2, 175, sr.; DB Todd Swinhart, 5-8, 150, jr.; DL Joe Wilson, 6-4, 230, soph.
Outlook: The state-playoff dry spell has reached six seasons. That is saying a lot about one of the premier small-school programs in the 1990s, which advanced to nine consecutive postseasons (1997-2005). And maybe the biggest offseason development was Hill bringing back Clark who resigned at Aberdeen as an assistant.2012 Elma Football Schedule Home games in CAPS All games at 7 p.m.
* Southwest Washington 1A Evergreen game
Friday, Aug. 31: HOCKINSON
Friday, Sept. 7: at Eatonville
Friday, Sept. 14: at Tenino *
Friday, Sept. 21: RAINIER *
Friday, Sept. 28: at Rochester *
Friday, Oct. 5: HOQUIAM *
Friday, Oct. 12: at Ilwaco
Friday, Oct. 19: at Forks *
Friday, Oct. 26: MONTESANO *