By The Telegram

The good news for Cimarron is that they return seven offensive and six defensive starters. The bad news is the Bluejays were just 1-8.

If anything second-year head coach Doug Minneman hopes a year of growth from his players will help lift Cimarron from its sluggish 2008.

"We have several starter back from last year," Minneman said. "We will need to be able to use our quickness with our lack of size."

The Bluejays four starters from skill positions on the offensive side led by sophomore quarterback Tyler Siek. Senior running backs Ryan Bryant and Erick Flores will lend an experienced hand as will junior running Nat Baublits. On the line, the Bluejays will be fairly small as junior tackle Tyler White (225 pounds) is the biggest returner. Seniors John Shaughnessy (165 pounds) and Matt Wehkamp (195) will man the guard spots again. On the defensive side, Bryant and Flores return to safety and cornerback, while Shaungnessy and Wehkamp will be defensive ends and Nate Baublits and Siek will be at linebacker.

"Offensively, we will look for Flores, Bryant and Siek to lead us," Minneman said. "All three were starter last year.

"Defensively we will need to take away the big play. Looking for some linebackers to step up and lead us."

The Bluejays won't have any kind of breaks in their schedule as they will have road games at Meade and Hugoton. Their district is very strong with Lakin, Holcomb and Southwestern Heights.