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Queen Creek likes chances for 2nd region title

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 1:51 pm | Updated: 9:07 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

For all the success Curt LeBlanc had in his first six years at Queen Creek — a .681 winning percentage, four trips to the playoffs — his résumé was still blank under one heading: championships.

No more.

LeBlanc won his first title last year when the Bulldogs went undefeated in the 4A-II East Sky Region, and now he and his players have their sights set on repeating.

“We’ve set the bar pretty high,” LeBlanc said of internal expectations.

“But I would think every school in the region is trying to contend for that. … We had a great season last year. It wasn’t a fluke, and I’m hoping that we can parlay that again this year.”

Queen Creek returns only seven starters but is considered by most other coaches in the region to be the favorite. The Bulldogs have never had any trouble reloading (see five straight trips to the state quarterfinals) and should get key contributions from several members of last year’s 6-2 junior varsity team.

LeBlanc said compared with last season’s squad, this year’s team is deeper, has more athletes, more size and is more mature.

Sounds like all the ingredients for another region title.

“We just need to maintain our consistency,” LeBlanc said.

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 D.J. Lechner K 5-10 140 Jr.
2 Chaz Ford FL/DB 6-1 180 Sr.
4 Doug Amoako FL/LB 5-8 180 Sr.
5 MarquS Martinez FB/LB 5-8 185 Sr.
8 Daniel Morgutia TB/DB 5-11 170 Sr.
9 Joel Hanson WR/DB 6-2 185 Sr.
10 Iggy Castro TB/DB 5-9 175 Sr.
11 Richie Edwards QB/DB 5-11 180 Sr.
16 Adam Brzeczek QB/DB 6-0 165 Sr.
19 Brandon Elcox WR/DB 6-0 180 Sr.
20 Nikko Ramos FL/DB 5-9 155 Sr.
21 Trey Van Camp FL/DB 6-0 165 Jr.
22 Kendal Augustin WR/DB 6-2 180 Jr.
26 Marcus Wilkins TB/DB 5-10 180 Jr.
29 Tavares Hester TB/DB 5-10 160 Sr.
30 Nick Arnold TB/DB 5-9 145 Jr.
32 Jake Goddard FB/LB 6-0 205 Sr.
34 R.J. Parkinson WR/DE 6-0 170 Sr.
37 Brighton Solomon TE/LB 6-0 185 Sr.
40 Trace Bowman DE/LB 6-0 165 Jr.
42 Darrick Ramsey TE/DE 6-4 225 Sr.
44 Crae Kleinlein OL/DE 6-0 180 Sr.
48 Patrick Marchant TE/DE 6-2 185 Sr.
50 Eben Whiting C/DL 5-6 130 Jr.
55 John Merrill OL/DL 6-2 265 Sr.
56 Ryan Turner C/DL 6-2 265 Sr.
57 Earl Stith OL/LB 5-5 185 Jr.
58 Matt Holmes OL/DL 6-1 225 Jr.
60 Nick Burrows OL/DL 5-10 230 Sr.
62 Rajko Seat OL/LB 6-2 260 Sr.
66 Trent Pruitt OL/DL 6-1 170 Jr.
69 Chad Dilzer OL/DL 5-10 250 Jr.
72 Brian Nielsen OL/DL 5-10 210 Sr.
76 Cody Needham OL/DL 6-3 260 Jr.
77 Kyle Black OL/DL 6-2 205 Sr.
79 Michael Gamero OL/DL 5-8 170 Jr.
82 Arthur Williams WR/DB 5-7 180 Jr.
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