Head coach: Allyn Reynolds, 9th year
2015 record: 7-3, 5-0 in Great Basin West Conference (GBC champions, lost to Century, 42-35, in 4A playoffs)
Returning starters: 8
The Bruins go from the hunters to the hunted in 2016, having rallied to a Great Basin title in 2015 just a season after going 1-8. The task of repeating as conference champions won't come easy, though, as Twin Falls loses four starting offensive linemen who helped pave the way for a stellar rushing game in 2015.
Among the losses on the line is left tackle Kole Bailey, who is continuing his playing career at Boise State.
"The target now is on your back. The bullseye is on your back," head coach Allyn Reynolds said. "You're the defending conference champs, whereas the year before nobody expected much out of us.”
As opposed to last offseason when Reynolds admittedly began questioning himself as a coach, this summer has been more pleasant. Being the team to beat in the conference isn't such a bad thing.
“The doubt in me is not there as it was going into last season, and that’s just me probably being selfish," Reynolds said with a laugh. "But I just feel like we’re going to teach these guys and we’ll play on Friday nights and we’ll see where the chips fall.”
Despite returning just eight starters on both sides of the ball combined, the Bruins believe they are poised to make another run at the playoffs and a Great Basin crown.
“I think we can legitimately say we’re in the top three (in the conference). That’s our expectation. Are we going to be conference champ? We always shoot to be conference champ. But I think that we legitimately should be in the top three. I’d be disappointed if we’re not," Reynolds said. “I don’t think everybody right now is real dominant. We certainly aren’t. But I think we have a legitimate chance to defend our conference championship.”