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Columbia Basin football holds first of two football combines

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Columbia Basin football held its first of two combines on Saturday. About thirty hopefuls made it out to Lampson Stadium during the afternoon participating in drills, bench-press and the 40-yard dash.

The players that came out are current high school athletes or recent graduates. Third year head coach Jim Gonzales says about a third of his team's roster is made up of players from the combines. 

"Well we're looking for new faces from the community. We usually have 25 players coming back from the previous season. The combine gives us an opportunity to pick up new players and get our roster up to 45 where we want to be," Gonzales said.

"I just love the sport of football. I love playing it; it's my passion. I just came over here because I thought it was a better opportunity for me to get playing time instead of going to a four year university and red-shirting," said running back Dustin Lungay, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Gonzales added that the second combine will be held sometime later this month or in April. The combines are open to any students.