League: Division I-A Sunrise
Head coach: Paul Nihipali, second season (5-5)
2014 record: 5-5 (4-2 Sunrise, third)
Returning lettermen: 15
Returning starters: Seven offense, six defense
Base offensive set: Spread
Base defensive set: 3-5
Top offensive players: RB Richard Nelson (Sr.); RB Richard Hernandez (Sr.); WR Casey Acosta (Sr.)
Top defensive players: LB Antwain Allen (Sr.); LB Richard Hernandez (Sr.); LB Richard Nelson (Sr.)
Top newcomers: RB Jacob Ford (Jr.); WR Kentrell Petite (Jr.); OL Kakani Lealo (Jr.)
Key losses: QB Jerome Williamson; WR Mahari Trotter; OL Eric Liggins
Outlook: The Cowboys earned their first playoff berth since 2007 last season, and now are looking to make it consecutive appearances for the first time since 2001 and 2002.
The Cowboys must replace shifty quarterback Williamson, who passed for 989 yards and nine TDs and added six rushing scores.
Slot receiver Acosta was the team’s leading rusher last season with 404 yards and six TDs, and led the team in receptions with 21 catches for 315 yards and four scores.
Nelson (338 yards, 4 TDs) and Hernandez (116 yards, 4 TDs) should help on the ground.
Defensively, Hernandez had 60 tackles and returns to lead the defense.
Allen (35 tackles) and Nelson (24 tackles) round out what should be a solid linebacking corps.