Head coach: Cynthia Guzman, fourth season
2014-15 record: 20-4 (14-2 Southeast, second)
Returning letter winners (starters): Eleven (eight)
Top players: QB Jadyn McArthur (Sr.), OL Emily Russell (Sr.), S Sayonna Thunstrom (Sr.), LB Taeondra Johnson (Sr.), C Mariah Coleman (Jr.), S Janessa Montoya (Sr.)
Outlook: The Falcons return 11 letter winners from a team that finished 20-4 last season, with three losses coming to Southern Nevada champion Boulder City.
“We have a solid group of experienced returners this year who have pioneered this sport since they were very young,” said Guzman. “Although losing top receiver Renee Ritchie and running back Marissa Brackett, we are filling those holes well.”
McArthur threw for 4,522 yards and 53 touchdowns and rushed for 855 yards and 14 TDs last year. She should be one of the most potent weapons in Southern Nevada this season.
Russell caught 162 passes for 1,427 yards and 23 TDs last year.
The defense likely will be led by Thunstrom (119 tackles, 10 interceptions), Johnson (127 tackles, 20 sacks), Coleman (92 tackles, 7 INTs) and Montoya (61 tackles, 8 INT).
“We look forward to building on the foundation of our program philosophy,” Guzman said. “We hope to end up in the CCSD championship, one game at a time. We are anticipating a great season and look forward to playing schools outside of our region.”