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Lutheran (Orange, CA)

Nickname: Lancers
Colors: Red/White/Gold
Coach: Jim Kunau
League: Trinity
Section: Southern
Playoff Division: Pac-5 (I)
Playoff Division Rank: #3
CA Bowl Division: South 2 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #3

Returning Offensive Starters: 4
Returning Defensive Starters: 6
Starting Quarterback Returning: no
Top Running Back Returning: no

2007 Final Power Rating: 56.4
2007 National Rank: #78
2007 State Rank: #9
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: -1
2008 Starting Power Rating: 55.4
2008 National Rank: #75
2008 State Rank: #7
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): 45.5
Dynasty National Rank: #46
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: better by 9.9
Dynasty Record: 58-7 (21-3 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 10-2
2007 League Record/Finish: 3-1 (tied for 1st)
2007 Points For Average: 28.8
2007 Points Against Average: 10.9
2007 Differential: +17.9
2007 Wins: #72 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) (31-12), #293 Edison (Huntington Beach) (28-16), #441 Valencia (35-20), #496 Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita) (35-0), #554 Mission Viejo (28-7), #821 Los Alamitos (31-8), #1534 Bishop Amat (La Puente) (38-7), #1818 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) (28-17), #2924 Dana Hills (Dana Point) (28-7), #11679 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) (51-7)
2007 Losses: #13 Poly (Long Beach) (2-0), #129 Servite (Anaheim) (28-13)
2007 Opponents W-L: 73-55-3
Recent Section/State Championships: 2006, 2006 (Bowl II), 2004 (VI)
Recent League Championships: 2007 (tied for 1st), 2005 (tied for 1st, Empire), 2004 (Empire), 2003 (Empire)
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: none

2008 Schedule: 9/6 vs Bullard (Fresno), 9/12 vs Bishop Amat (La Puente), 9/19 at Tustin, 9/26 vs North (Riverside), 10/10 vs Banning (Wilmington), 10/17 vs JSerra (San Juan Capistrano), 10/24 vs St. John Bosco (Bellflower), 10/31 vs Servite (Anaheim), 11/6 vs Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 11/13 vs Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Mater Dei (Santa Ana) (50.7), Servite (Anaheim) (50.2), North (Riverside) (49)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) (-8), Tustin (24.5), Bullard (Fresno) (31.1)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 29.9 (39.9 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 34.7
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +4.8
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 9-1
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: 33%
Opener: 9/6 vs Bullard (Fresno) [projection: 34-10 win]

Outlook: Lutheran High School likely feels like they let one get away when they lost to Poly in the Southern Section Pac-5 semifinals, 2-0. Aside from missing the opportunity to compete for the divisional crown, the winner of the finals would likely have been a lock for the CIF State D-II bowl game. As such, Poly advanced and the Lancers are left to reload for this fall... and reload they have. QB Bobby Wheatley wasn't the starter last year, but he did end up gaining significant playoff experience when starter Blake Hyepock went down to injury in that fateful semifinal game. One of his favorite targets will likely be WR Scotty Williams (an Army-West Point recruit). Also ready to turn some heads should be junior RB Exavier Edwards, who saw a great deal of action last year. Defensively, Lutheran should once again be solid with LB Mike Arakelian, DT Asuega Kapono, and DBs Davonte Anderson and Terrence Brown. It's unlikely they'll be able to match the remarkable 10.9 points per game they allowed last year, but they probably won't need to do so, either. Aside from the always tough Trinity League, the Lancers will be taking on Bullard of Fresno (Central Section) and defending Southern Section Eastern Division champs, North of Riverside, a member of the newly formed and powerful Big VIII league. Lutheran should be in the discussion for a CIF State bowl berth all season long.