Coach: Jake Kothe, 12th season
2011 record: 2-7 (2-6 Northwest)
Returning letter winners: 26
Returning starters: Six offense, six defense
Base offensive set: Spread
Base defensive set: 4-4
Top offensive players: WR Sean Bishel (Sr.); WR Anthony Pryatel-Farmer (Sr.); TE Hayden Solis (Jr.)
Top defensive players: DB Sean Bishel (Sr.); DE Pryatel-Farmer (Sr.); DE Danny Otuwa (Jr.); LB Austin Daykin (Sr.); LB Dylan DeFrank (Jr.); LB Jesse Neely (Sr.)
Top newcomers: OL/DL Austin Prather (So.)
Key losses: WR/DB Brad Pearson; WR/DB Chris Mays; TE/LB Trey Jasonek
Outlook: The pass-happy Crusaders figure to be a contender in the new Division I-A Sunset League.
Pryatel-Farmer should be one of the league’s top receivers after catching 34 passes for 415 yards as a junior.
Faith Lutheran went a combined 5-19 in Northwest League games over the past three years, but is likely to compete for its first postseason berth since it was a Class 3A member in 2008.