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Paraclete (Lancaster, CA)

Nickname: Spirits
Colors: Red/Gold
Coach: Norm Dahlia
League: Olympic
Section: Southern
Playoff Division: Mid-Valley (XI)
Playoff Division Rank: #2
CA Bowl Division: South 3 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #9

Returning Offensive Starters: 9
Returning Defensive Starters: 5
2007 JV Record: 8-2
Starting Quarterback Returning: no
Top Running Back Returning: no

2007 Final Power Rating: 16.6
2007 National Rank: #3752
2007 State Rank: #282
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: +6.5
2008 Starting Power Rating: 23.1
2008 National Rank: #2278
2008 State Rank: #189
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): -3.3
Dynasty National Rank: #8593
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: better by 26.4
Dynasty Record: 30-25 [29-26 on the field] (11-6 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 12-1
2007 League Record/Finish: 4-0 (1st)
2007 Points For Average: 34.7
2007 Points Against Average: 12.2
2007 Differential: +22.5
2007 Wins: #3215 Brentwood (Los Angeles) (21-6), #6552 Valley Christian (Cerritos) (27-7), #7368 Desert (Edwards AFB) (60-35), #8551 Littlerock (39-0), #8551 Monrovia (23-20), #9448 Los Angeles Baptist (North Hills) (49-21), #9927 Burroughs (Ridgecrest) (20-7), #10204 Village Christian (Sun Valley) (27-0), #11279 Mojave (49-20), #12415 Kilpatrick (Malibu) (42-14), #13003 Sierra Vista (Baldwin Park) (52-7), #13065 Rosamond (36-9)
2007 Losses: #3505 Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) (12-6)
2007 Opponents W-L: 63-84-1
Recent League Championships: 2007, 2003
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: none

2008 Schedule: 9/5 at Serrano (Phelan), 9/13 vs Burroughs (Ridgecrest), 9/19 vs Eastside (Lancaster), 9/26 at Desert (Edwards AFB), 10/3 vs Grace Brethren (Simi Valley), 10/10 vs Bishop, 10/17 vs Whittier Christian (La Habra), 10/24 vs Los Angeles Baptist (North Hills), 11/1 vs Village Christian (Sun Valley), 11/14 vs Valley Christian (Cerritos)
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Serrano (Phelan) (28.3), Valley Christian (Cerritos) (11.7), Desert (Edwards AFB) (6.5)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Burroughs (Ridgecrest) (-12.9), Village Christian (Sun Valley) (-12.1), Los Angeles Baptist (North Hills) (-3.3)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: -8.7 (-5.3 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 2.6
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +11.3
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 9-1
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: 10%
Opener: 9/5 at Serrano (Phelan) [projection: 27-20 loss]

Outlook: The defending Olympic League champs, Paraclete High School, are again looking for a league title and a deep run in the playoffs (they were semifinalists last year). 14 starters return, a plentiful 9 on offense. That should make the Spirits pretty tough to stop, especially since they had already put up a healthy 34.6 points per game a year ago. The QB is not one of those 9 returners, and Matt Cordova is expected to take over that spot. Two ball carriers who saw a lot of action in '07 return in Dante Donato (over 800 yards) and Brandon Buteyn (over 500 yards). That looks pretty good since on top of those numbers, they had a back get over 1400 yards, too. The now experienced offensive line (4 starters return, another major reason for optimism) will be led by AJ Culver, an All-Mid-Valley Division selection. The defense was no slouch, either, last year as it only gave up an average of 12.1 ppg in '07. The '08 edition will have a pair of All-Mid-Valley Division selections, too, in LB Kyle Swanson and DL Todd Davis (who was only a sophomore last year). Coach Norm Dahlia has a little concern about the inexperience of his secondary, but believes that newcomer Kylan Warren should have a nice impact. Paraclete should be even better than last year, but that may not be the only reason their divisional title hopes are risen. The two finalists in last year's playoffs have moved into another division. The Spirits have an interesting season opener against Serrano of Phelan, who won 11 games last year.