Burley High School
Conference: Great Basin (West) Conference
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Head Coach: Jed Thomas
Years as Head Coach: 5th Season
Previous Experience: Assistant at Carroll College, Assistant at Valley High School, Assistant at Burley High School
Record Last Year: 2-7
State Titles: none
Caden Seely, LB, 11
Trevor Naranjo, QB, 12
John Dayley, LB, 12
Beau Phipps, RB, 11
Giovanni Mahoney, OL, 11
Terrell Schaeffer, OL, 11
Brandon Bagley, DL, 12
Luke Stowers, WR, 12
Michael Camacho, DB, 11
Jorge Rodriguez, RB, 12
Easton Watterson, WR, 11
Tyler Mabey, LB, 11
Ace Christiansen, TE, 12
Returning Players with Honors:
Brandon Bagley, First Team All-Conference DE
Ace Christiansen, Second Team All-Conference TE
Key Players lost from last year:
Davis Gibbons, WR/DB. Was the ideal player. Always on time, he worked hard and led by example on and off the field.
Emilio Polanco, WR/QB/DB. Emilio was asked to wear a lot of different hats throughout the season. He matured all season and became a good team leader.
Written by: Sven Alskog
Burley hasn't quite been able to catch up to its 4A Great Basin West counterparts over the past few seasons, having not won a conference matchup since October of 2013.
Last season had glimpses of potential, but a tough 2-7 record would be the end result, although a victory over Filer and a close loss to conference foe Canyon Ridge to culminate last year provide hope for the new campaign.
Quarterback Trevor Naranjo is a solid threat with his feet and will be the benefactor of a seasoned offensive line which hopes to continue progressing moving forward.
Returning on the front line are Giovanni Mahoney, Caden Seely and Terrell Schaefer.
Fifth year Head Coach Jed Thomas is hoping to see the hard work put into the program pay-off this season, but will need to see improvements on each side of the ball for that to happen.
"[Offensively] we need to improve on catching, staying on blocks, finishing plays and believing that everyone can be a playmaker whether it be blocking, catching or running on every single play. It takes 11 players on the field to execute a play successfully," said Thomas.
The other side of the ball has a few key focus areas including becoming more aggressive, tackling better, lining up correctly and sticking to assignments.
Other key players for the Bobcats include Ace Christiansen, a Second Team All-Conference tight end last season who should get more opportunities with a more experienced Naranjo behind center and Brandon Bagley, a First Team All-Conference defensive end returner.
What was a young team is still fairly youthful, however the experience given to sophomores and juniors last year should begin to spark some kind of turnaround sooner rather than later.
"I am excited to watch this year’s team grow and become a single unit on the field," said Thomas.
Burley begins 2016 with a home contest against the Century Diamondbacks on August 26 before traveling to Buhl in week two.