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.
Sixteen total starters return, including nine on offense. Particularly, the offensive line has some good experience to fall back on, with Jake Walton, Aaron Smith and Dalton Goucher. All three are multiple-year starters and seniors.
Sophomore Jake Standridge is the prime candidate to take the quarterback job, and he'll be relying a lot on receiver Aaron Smith, who has been starting since his freshman year. Hayden Eubank, now a junior, will be the top option in the ground game as a returning starter at running back.
REED LEADING COMANCHE
Comanche comes into the season with several spots to fill from last year, but opposing coaches still view the Indians as playoff contenders.
Kale Reed is a big reason why. Reed quarterbacked Comanche to a 9-3 season a year ago, and he has some experienced receivers in the mix, with Zach Young and David Alvarez. In addition, Clayton Fennell leads a backfield that has multiple runners with experience.
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