Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert hopes every day the rash of injuries his team went through last season does not reoccur this season.
With only 38 players on the roster, it’s important to stay healthy as the Chargers look to return to one of the top teams in Class 3A.
“If we keep everybody healthy, we’re going to be very competitive,” Bogert said. “We’ll find out the first three games with Casady, Clinton and Davis.”
The Chargers return plenty of talent, including Division I quarterback prospect Connor McGinnis who accounted for 28 touchdowns last season.
They also return two bruising running backs with Terrell Love (5 foot 9, 225 pounds) and Tevin McDaniel (6-0, 235), who will be aided by a more experienced offensive line led by Kaleb Gfeller and 6-foot-6, 370-pound junior Luther Harris.
“Offense is going to be a lot better,” Bogert said. “We’ve got a good size line. We’re going to play some sophomores and we might play a freshman, but they’re big and they can move and they’ve got great feet. We’re a lot more comfortable with the offensive line this year.”
If healthy, Bogert believes the Chargers are nearing a return to the days when stars like Barry J. Sanders and Sterling Shepard patrolled the field.
“We’re getting close,” Bogert said. “We’re probably not as fast as we were a few years ago, but skill-wise, bulk-wise we’ve had records set in the weight room this year.”
Still, players will have to play on both sides of the ball, including McGinnis. And that can be worrisome for a coach.
It can also be a good thing.
“We’ve always been a team that will try to take advantage of what we feel we can take advantage of,” Bogert said. “Sometimes we’re able to rest some guys when we’re trying to do some other things. It’s pretty nice to have those kind of athletes on the field all of the time.”