Coach: David Cochran, third season (10-9)
2011 record: 6-4 (5-3 Northwest)
Returning letter winners: Seven
Returning starters: Six offense, four defense
Base offensive set: Multiple
Base defensive set: Four-man front
Top offensive players: RB Myloe Lewis (Sr.); WR Devin Tatum (Sr.); WR/TE Darius Gantt (Sr.); TE Dylan Power (Sr.); OL Victor Magana (Sr.); FB Daquan Slater (Sr.)
Top defensive players: DL Victor Magana (Sr.); DE Dylan Power (Sr.); LB Daquan Slater (Sr.); DB Myloe Lewis (Sr.); DB Devin Tatum (Sr.); DB Darius Gantt (Sr.)
Top newcomers: Demetrius Jones (Jr.)
Key losses: RB Tyler Spight; RB/WR/DB Kenneth Counts
Outlook: Cheyenne might be considered the favorite in the new Division I-A Sunset League thanks to a small but strong nucleus of returning players.
At the forefront of that group is Lewis, who rushed for 978 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 9.5 yards per carry last season. He earned second-team All-Northwest League honors as a junior.
Magana was a first-team All-Northwest defensive tackle last season and is back to anchor the Desert Shields’ defensive line.