Coach Layne Coffin expects to carry about 32 players on his roster this season. That’s about half the number some of the 5A SIC’s larger schools carry.
Coffin anticipates many of his best players will see significant time on both sides of the ball.
Conditioning will be key for the Falcons.
In the offseason, Vallivue focused on endurance and cardio strength, which included activities such as sled pulling, tire flipping and circuit training in the weight room.
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“This year, our coach has had us do a lot of conditioning, which has helped our team in general,” senior FB/NG Alexx Herrera said. “And it lets us play both sides of the ball really quick, really fast.”
Coffin started as many as seven sophomores last season and returns 11-of-22 starters, including quarterback Colton Yasinski.
“He’s one of the two most competitive kids I’ve ever coached in my life,” Coffin said of Yasinski. “He’s a great kid. He’s very coachable, and he just wants to win. He’ll put in the work, and the other kids see that and I think that brings them a lot closer.”
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Players to watch
ESAI LONGORIA, FB/DE
The 6-3, 270-pound senior racked up 56 tackles and five sacks last season. Longoria has scholarship offers from Idaho State and the College of Idaho, he said.
COLTON YASINSKI, QB/MLB
The junior took over under center halfway through last season, rushing for 435 yards and nine TDs, while adding 325 yards and one TD through the air.
KADE LINDER, WR/S
A junior with significant playing time, Linder (6-3, 180) hauled in 20 passes. Vallivue coach Layne Coffin likes his size and speed.
SPENCER MEDEL, TE/MLB
The senior racked up 47 tackles and three tackles for loss in 2014. Coffin said he excelled at camp and in 7-on-7 competition.