Cle Elum-Roslyn football

KENNEWICK — The Cle Elum-Roslyn Warriors new going into the 1A football season they were going to suffer some growing pains and they ran up against an experienced River View, losing Friday night’s opener 56-6.

“Give River View some credit. That’s a good football team and they beat us in all aspects,” Warriors coach Troy Hilberg said. “Griffin Bator hasn’t played quarterback until this year, so he has some things to adjust to in the pocket, but I thought he got better as the night went on.

“I thought Noah Dupleich ran the ball hard tonight. So did Conner Hilberg. In fact, I thought we ran the ball better in the second half. We just have to get back on the practice field and clean some things up.”

River View went into the season as a favorite in the Southern Central Athletic Conference West, with some projecting they can challenge SCAC East powerhouse Royal, which beat 2A Ellensburg Friday night, and Connell.

“For our team, I would have to say our biggest strength is our experience,” Panthers head coach Bryce Kennell told the Tri-cities Herald in its preview. “Right now we have the biggest senior class since I have been at River View.

“Looking across the board, we are set to start seven seniors on the offensive side of the ball and nine on defense. We have key seniors in backup roles as well who would be starters if it weren’t for logjams at positions.”

Cle Elum-Roslyn hosts College Place on Friday in the home opener.

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