But while the three perennial playoff contenders appear to have a leg up on the other three teams in the league, coaches from all six schools expect the league to be extremely competitive from start to finish.
Rio Mesa starts the season as the predicted top team by most of the coaches, thanks in large part to its two talented running backs, Tanner Wrout and Jordan Nunnery. Last season, both runners came within an eyelash of topping 1,000 yards. To get both Wrout and Nunnery as many carries as possible, Spartans head coach Bob Gregorchuk has gone to a version of the old winged-T offense.
“I loved the misdirection that comes with the winged-T, so I tweaked it and put my own spin on it,” Gregorchuk said. “The idea is to use the weapons we have in guys like Tanner and Jordan.”