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Ferris appears to be cream of GSL crop in '09

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The Saxons will be led this fall by senior quarterback Connor Halliday, who has committed to play football at Washington State next year (Photo: SWX) The Saxons will be led this fall by senior quarterback Connor Halliday, who has committed to play football at Washington State next year (Photo: SWX)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Unless something drastic happens between now and the start of high school football season, the Ferris Saxons will go into fall with a big target on their back.  With a potent offense that returns plenty of players with valuable playing experience, the South Hill school will be the one to beat in the Greater Spokane League this year.

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Ferris - and the other GSL teams for that matter - returned to the practice field this week despite the scorching heat.  Friday was their final day of no-pad workouts.

The Saxons could make a deep run into the playoffs this year behind the leadership of Connor Halliday, the team's quarterback who has already committed to play at Washington State next year.

"It feels good," said Halliday, not only of the heat, but of Friday's practice as well.  "We're finally in pads.  We've wanted to be in pads for a long time.  It's finally here, so let's get the game on."

Halliday will not have support from teammate Aaron Roberts this year, the Saxon receiver who hauled in 45 catches last year.  Roberts gained 770 yards, putting him in third place in the GSL for most yards in a single season.  He finished last year in seventh place for his career with 1,249 yards. 

Halliday and the Saxons made it to the 4A semifinals last year, losing to the eventual state champion, Skyline (the Spartans were led by the top 2010 QB prospect Jake Heaps).  This year, Ferris, which won the annual 7-on-7 tournament in Burnaby again this offseason, should be at the top of the GSL.

After Ferris, it's a crapshoot, with no other team showing a clear advantage over the other on paper.  Mt. Spokane returns most everybody from a team that qualified for the 3A playoffs last year.  Lewis & Clark, North Central and University all have new coaches, with the Titans showing a possible advantage in that department.  Bill Diedrick, of college and NFL coaching fame, moved back to Spokane during the offseason to replace outgoing coach Mike Ganey. 

Other offensive players to watch in the GSL this year include Mead's Ryan LaForte, Mt. Spokane's Colton Williams, and Lewis & Clark's Vaughn Kapiko.
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