NORTHBROOK RAGIN' RAIDERS
Coach: Ronald Rogers.
Lettermen R/L: 20/22.
2009: 0-10/0-7 district.
Starters returning O/D: 9/9.
Players to watch: RB Kenneth Noble (6-0, 180, 4.5),
Top juniors: DE Jose Arroya (6-0, 240), QB Kendrick Jones (6-2, 165).
Top sophomores: LB Carson Lopez.
Other prospects: WR Kaybren Chevalier, CB Juan Deleon, CB Juan Rubio, LB Rene Guzman, LB Bradee Ivy.
2010 notes: Coach Rogers' first season on campus was a tough one. The Raiders gave up more than 40 points per game and scored just a pinch above 10, but now almost the whole gang is back again - this time in Class 4A - for a much-improved 2010. Versatile Noble needs to be the heart of this group - he plays RB and DB (even some spot QB) and offers the kind of hard-nosed strength a program on the rebound needs. But a central cog on offense will likely be QB Jones, a convert from DB who will step under center and sometimes split out wide. In the 4-2-5, Northbrook will try to replace graduated Matt Meza with LBs Guzman (65 tackles), Ivy and young Lopez. Speedy DE Arroya, who started 10 games as a sophomore, should help. The playoffs are probably still out of reach in year two for coach Rogers, but making strides on both sides of the ball would be a clear indication that this team is on the right track.