With 11 returning starters off a 5-6 team from last year, the Washington Warriors are hoping to utilize their speed to contend with the likes of Lindsay and Frederick atop District 2A-3.
Coach Brad Beller points to the team's quickness and strength as key contributors toward success, though size could be an issue.
The offensive and defensive fronts are led by seniors Tyler Lenhart, 6-foot-2, 256 pounds, and Ryan Davis, 5-foot-10, 231.
The Zimmer family's impact on Warrior football continues with Zeke Zimmer, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound senior who has accounted for more than 2,500 yards rushing in his career.
If Washington is contending for the district crown late in the season, the Week 10 home matchup with Lindsay could be for the title.
LINDSAY RETURNS 16 STARTERS
Tom Ferguson's Lindsay squad lost a few vital players from last year's team, which won 11 straight games before the season unraveled against Jones in the playoffs.
While quarterback Hunter Eubank and others will be hard to replace, the Leopards are fortunate to only have a few spots to fill.
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District 2A-3 coaches' poll
1. Lindsay (11-3)
2. Frederick (10-2)
3. Washington (5-6)
4. Comanche (9-3)
5. Hobart (3-7)
6. Mangum (7-4)
7. Hinton (4-6)
8. Riverside (0-9)
Note: Last year's record in parentheses