Heritage Hall went 15-0 last season, winning the Class 3A state championship.
And now, even with a stunning six NCAA Division I recruits on the roster and 19 returning starters, repeating as champions is a tall task, Chargers coach Andy Bogert said.
“I think everybody at the school, players and coaches are expecting us to win it again,” Bogert said. “It's tough to repeat.”
Running back Barry J. Sanders and receiver Sterling Shepard headline the Chargers' dynamic offense. Sanders has rushed for nearly 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career and Shepard, an Oklahoma commit, caught 18 touchdowns in 2010.
The Chargers will also have quarterback Quinn Shanbour, who is getting Division I interest from several colleges, starting this year. Shanbour had to sit out last season after transferring from Bishop McGuinness.
Markus Wakefield (6-foot-1, 280 pounds) is getting interest from several Division I schools and anchors both the offensive and defensive lines. He had 137 tackles and 15 sacks last season.
“Every time you win a state championship, there's gonna be a target on your back,” Wakefield said. “Everybody's gonna give you their best game, so we're preparing for that.”
Senior tight end and defensive tackle Quintaz Struble, also a D-I recruit, said: “I like having a target on my back. That means you're good.”
Back on the offensive line for the Chargers is senior Austin McGinnis at guard, as well as sophomore Chase Calvert at tackle.
Struble (6-3, 240), who has a scholarship offer from Arizona, had 104 tackles and 15 sacks in 2010.
Wide receiver and linebacker Cale Courtney is also getting interest at the Division I level from Missouri State and North Texas. Courtney had 582 yards receiving last year, and 93 tackles and 10 sacks on defense.
Outside linebackers Brandon Moews and Nick Pierson, both seniors, are also returning starters for the Chargers.