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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 9:47 pm | Updated: 8:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Striking the right balance offensively and defensively. If that happens in 2008, Gilbert High expects a repeat trip to the 5A Division I playoffs — and a longer stay.

The Tigers’ Achilles’ heel last season was on offense. They opened the season with an 8-7 loss to Mesa Westwood and were closed out by Mesa Mountain View in the first round of the playoffs, 15-6.

Gilbert failed to score in double digits in three games last season, and with an improved defense last year, a better offense likely would have taken them further.

Gilbert scored 278 points in 2006, 184 last season. The 2007 squad yielded 167 points; the 2006 team allowed 292.

“Two years ago, we had the offense, and last year our defense was strong,” coach Jesse Parker said. “We had trouble on offense last year. That hurt us in some close games.”

Gilbert’s running game was slightly more productive last season, but the passing game declined drastically (2,938 yards to a paltry 527). The decline in points was a natural byproduct.

Gilbert figured it would have a seasoned quarterback in the fold this fall to help remedy that shortfall, but last year’s starter, Kienan Turner, transferred to Chandler Hamilton.

Parker had two young options this year and decided to go with junior Brandon Bialkowski, a southpaw and the Tigers’ junior varsity quarterback last season. He beat out sophomore Nathaniel Causey.

Bialkowski (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) is more familiar with Gilbert’s offense, having had a year in the system; Causey has size at 6-3, 210.

“He’ll be the first left-handed quarterback I’ve had start since I began coaching,” Parker said of Bialkowski. Parker began his head coaching career at Phoenix Camelback in 1969.

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
6 Shane Matsen DB-WR NA NA Sr.
8 Nathaniel Causey QB 6-3 210 So.
10 Brandon Bialkowski QB 6-1 185 Jr.
11 Nick Sartin DB-WR 5-9 160 Sr.
12 JR Watters DB-WR 5-8 160 Jr.
14 Jordan LeSueur WR-DB 6-0 175 Sr.
15 Terrance Bacon TE-LB 6-1 190 Jr.
20 Michael Park RB-DB 5-10 180 Sr.
21 Anthony McDaniel RB-DB 5-8 160 Sr.
22 Derek McDaniel RB-DB 5-8 150 Jr.
23 Bret Crowe RB-S 5-9 160 Sr.
26 Donovan Black DB 6-1 170 Jr.
26 Tre-Vonn Ford DB 5-8 155 Sr.
32 Dylan Verry RB-DB 5-9 170 Jr.
33 Trey Fulton FB-LB 5-11 200 Jr.
35 Jason Lemley LB 5-11 175 Sr.
36 Chase Powers LB-WR 6-0 175 Jr.
40 Sean Miller QB-LB 6-0 190 Sr.
42 Tyler Castillo FB-LB 5-10 173 Jr.
43 Zac Mendez OL-LB 5-11 185 Jr.
45 Beau Harris LB-TE 6-0 200 Jr.
52 Dwight Tom OL-DL 5-9 190 Sr.
56 Thor Conway OL-DL 6-1 190 Jr.
57 Drew Swartz OL-DL 6-4 260 Sr.
60 Jacob Setzer OL-DL 6-0 210 Jr.
65 Tyler Hill OL-DL 5-10 200 Jr.
67 Louis Guevara OL-DL 5-10 190 Sr.
70 Christian Kroll OL-DL 6-0 190 Jr.
71 Spencer Cahalan OL-DL 6-2 195 Jr.
73 Andrew Lemley OL-DL 6-2 255 Sr.
75 Taylor Dahl OL-DL 6-0 230 Sr.
76 Jimmy Smith OL-DL 5-11 190 Jr.
77 Michael Pacuk OL-DL 5-11 185 Jr.
86 Brandon Christie WR-DB NA NA Jr.
87 Gibraun Christensen DE-TE 6-4 210 Sr.
88 Jesse Brantley WR-DB 6-0 190 Jr.
90 Drew Wiemers DL 6-4 190 Sr.
99 Brad Mason DE-OL 6-1 200 Sr.
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