"We must have our new faces on the offensive and defensive line develop and come on quickly," Williams said.
Salina is picked to finished fourth in the district, but if its linemen learn quickly, it could be at the top come season end.
Bigger Commerce team ready to compete
Whenever a team goes to a bigger class, coaches usually worry about one thing — size.
"We will have a bigger offensive line than usual," said Commerce coach Willie Ng. "Plus, our skill position players have speed and experience."
That's a good sign. The Tigers are returning 16 total starters, including senior Bryson Sullivan, who plays running back and safety.
Sullivan ran for more than 1,300 yards and scored 22 touchdowns total. He has received interest from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College.