Chaparral (Temecula, CA)

Nickname: Pumas
Colors: Navy/Green/Platinum
Coach: Tom Leach
League: Southwestern
Section: Southern
Playoff Division: Inland (II)
Playoff Division Rank: #4
CA Bowl Division: South 1 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #7

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

2007 Final Power Rating: 40.7
2007 National Rank: #525
2007 State Rank: #52
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: +8.5
2008 Starting Power Rating: 49.2
2008 National Rank: #163
2008 State Rank: #20
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): 28.9
Dynasty National Rank: #707
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: better by 20.3
Dynasty Record: 38-20 (14-10 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 9-4
2007 League Record/Finish: 4-1 (2nd)
2007 Points For Average: 21.2
2007 Points Against Average: 23
2007 Differential: -1.8
2007 Wins: #283 Santiago (Corona) (17-7), #957 Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) (18-13), #1004 Miller (Fontana) (34-30), #1017 Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga) (10-7), #1098 Temescal Canyon (Lake Elsinore) (24-21), #2474 Temecula Valley (Temecula) (34-18), #3258 Great Oak (Temecula) (31-13), #3853 West Valley (Hemet) (15-13), #6741 Valley View (Moreno Valley) (28-7)
2007 Losses: #12 Centennial (Corona) (68-14), #261 North (Riverside) (33-10), #311 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) (21-20), #323 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) (48-21)
2007 Opponents W-L: 100-52
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: none

2008 Schedule: 9/12 Centennial (Corona), 9/19 Paloma Valley (Menifee), 9/26 at Valley View (Moreno Valley), 10/3 vs Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 10/10 Cathedral City, 10/17 Murrieta Valley (Murrieta), 10/24 at Vista Murrieta (Murrieta), 10/31 at Temescal Canyon (Lake Elsinore), 11/7 Temecula Valley (Temecula), 11/14 at Great Oak (Temecula)
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Centennial (Corona) (71.8), Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) (45.9), Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) (36.9)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Cathedral City (-5.9), Valley View (Moreno Valley) (-0.5), Great Oak (Temecula) (12.1)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 25.9 (36.6 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 27.2
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +1.3
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 8-2
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: 3%
Opener: 9/12 Centennial (Corona) [projection: 38-21 loss]

Outlook: Chaparral High School narrowly missed taking home the Southwestern League title last year, due to a 1-point loss to Vista Murrieta. A deep run into the playoffs capped off a very successful season. Well, that appears to just have been the beginning with 17 starters back, including junior RB Jonathan Diaz (over 1200 yards on the ground in '07) and 3 receivers with double-digit catches last year, Fontayne Fuga, Ronnie Kuan, and Zachary Stephens. (Diaz also had over 20 receptions.) Although a new QB will be taking the helm, he will be doing so behind a very experienced offensive line (winners of the Chino lineman competition) with Trevor Fox (Oregon commit), Nate Devan, Mike Sikorski, David Watkins, and Randy Patterson. If the Pumas are going to really make some noise in the state ratings, then they will have to improve a bit on the 23 points per game they allowed last year. With 9 starters returning defensively, they are poised to do just that. LB Andrew Taylor returns after nearly registering 100 tackles last year, as does DL Richie Mataafa. Many of the aforementioned offensive starters should return to make impacts on defense, too. Overall, this should be a very good Chaparral team that could challenge for not only the Southwestern League title, but also in what is shaping up to be an extremely competitive Southern Section Inland Division. Says Coach Tom Leach, "We expect to win league and CIF, anything else will be disappointing."