Coach: Jon Wiemers, second season, 5-4. 2011: 5-4
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Outlook: Questions loom on both sides of the ball, as the Bulldogs must replace heavy senior production, but the schedule provides a chance for a quick start like last season’s 4-0 spurt.
Schedule: Aug. 31, Maize South; Sept. 7, at Andover; Sept. 14, at KC (Mo.) Center; Sept. 21, Eisenhower; Sept. 28, at Valley Center; Oct. 5, Augusta; Oct. 12, at Andover Central; Oct. 19, Kapaun (at WSU); Oct. 25, Wichita West.
Coach: Steve Warner, 57-14, seventh season. 2011: 11-1
Outlook: Few return from last season’s run to the state quarterfinals, but Warner has constructed a winning machine at Buhler that he doesn’t foresee stopping this season.
Schedule: Aug. 31, Rose Hill; Sept. 7, at Collegiate; Sept. 14, Mulvane; Sept. 21, at McPherson; Sept. 28, El Dorado; Oct. 5, at Winfield; Oct. 12, at Andale; Oct. 19, Cheney; Oct. 25, Nickerson.
Coach: Tom Young, seventh season, 49-15. 2011: 7-3
Outlook: The Bullpups move down a class, to 4A, and figure to be a contender right away with a foundation centering on the broad shoulders of O’Bannon and a robust line blocking for him.
Schedule: Aug. 31, El Dorado; Sept. 7, Hays; Sept. 14, at Rose Hill; Sept. 21, Buhler; Sept. 28, Winfield; Oct. 5, at Mulvane; Oct. 12, at Smoky Valley; Oct. 19, Abilene; Oct. 26 at Chapman.
Coach: Justin Price, seventh season, 21-34. 2011: 4-5
Outlook: A trip to state has still eluded Price since 2008, something he believes the Vikings can rectify by winning the turnover battle and finishing drives with touchdowns to explosive athletes such as Soto.
Schedule: Aug. 31, Marysville; Sept. 7, at Circle; Sept. 14, El Dorado; Sept. 21, at Rose Hill; Sept. 28, at McPherson; Oct. 5, Buhler; Oct. 12, Mulvane; Oct. 19, at Clearwater; Oct. 25, at Welington.
Coach: Tyler Ryan, first season. 2011: 3-6
Outlook: The streak of 20 consecutive playoff appearances ended last season at Wellington, so Ryan’s first task will be to rectify the situation by taking advantage of the experience the Crusaders have in the trenches.
Schedule: Aug. 31, Goddard; Sept. 7, at Concordia; Sept. 14, Augusta; Sept. 21, at Collegiate; Sept. 28, at Circle; Oct. 5, Andale; Oct. 12, Clearwater; Oct. 19, at Mulvane; Oct. 25, Winfield.