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FOOTHILL

Head coach: Cynthia Guzman, fifth season

2015-16 record: 24-2 (10-0 Southeast, first)

Returning letter winners (starters): Five (three)

Top players: WR Sydney Babakitis (Jr.), RB Paityn Toohey (Sr.), CB Mariah Coleman (Sr.), CB Mily Rodriguez (Sr.)

Outlook: The Falcons had a magnificent season last year and came within a touchdown of being Division I Clark County School District champions, falling to Centennial 25-20 in the title game.

Graduation took its toll on the roster, though.

Babakitis (95 receptions, 1,477 yards, 28 TDs) and Toohey (733 rushing yards, 67 receptions, 590 receiving yards) return to guide the offense. Coleman (170 tackles, 2 interceptions) and Rodriguez (84 tackles) are back to lead the defense.

“After losing a lot of seniors, we are excited to have developed strong and talent athletes the last three years who will be joining our varsity roster,” Guzman said. “Foothill takes pride in its ability to execute plays and to defensively read plays before the snap.

“Returning with an undefeated league title, region title and state (runner-up) only motivates the Falcons to work harder and more diligently to bring home a state title one snap at a time.”

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