Henry is confident in a veteran offense that returns starting junior quarterback Bryan Jangro (6-0, 170) along with his favorite target, senior tight end Marcus Alston (6-2, 240).

Alston, who has drawn interest from the University of Maryland and Virginia Tech, was an All-Conference selection last season.

"He's a very good receiving tight end and he got a lot better blocking toward the end of last season," Henry said.

The offensive line also returns senior starting tackles Pat O'Connell (6-2, 265) and Matt Lindner (6-4, 210) and junior guard Shane Lowman (6-2, 265), who moves over from center this year.

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Nick Phelps (6-3, 250) moves into a starting guard slot after being a varsity reserve as a freshman last season and sophomore Jake Dahl (6-0, 220) takes over at center.

Two receiver spots are available from a trio that includes sophomore Brandon Batts (5-9, 135) and freshmen Kyree Calli (6-2, 180) and Christian Heyward (6-1, 180).

Senior Carey Wells-Jowers (5-10, 205) is the slotback with senior Taylor White (5-9, 170) in reserve.

Sophomore running back Nevone McCrimmon (5-11, 205) and freshman back Alvonte Thompson (5-8, 195) are talented young backs with size.

"Our strength is in the offensive line and quarterback position," Henry said.

The leader of the defense starts with Wells-Jowers, an All-Conference inside linebacker last season.

Senior linebacker Matt Tyler (5-11, 211) fills the other inside spot with sophomores McCrimmon and Jeremiah McCullough (5-11, 180) on the outside.

Lowman and senior Garrett Tignall (6-2, 230) and ends Lindner and senior Danny Shea (6-4, 220) man the defensive line.

All-Conference junior Jacob Forrest-Jones (5-9, 135) leads a secondary that includes juniors Kamau Bridges (5-9, 135) and Kyle Costabile (6-0, 175).

Besides the talented youth, Henry likes his team's work ethic.

"It's the hardest-working team I've had as far as workouts," Henry said. "They have bought into it."

He also expects his freshmen and sophomores to develop.

"They will be a lot better at the end of the season than they are right now," he said.

Western Tech

2011 record: 6-4

First game: Aug. 31 at. Lansdowne, 7 p.m.