Offensive starters returning: 7

Defensive starters returning: 5

Fast fact: Western Tech, which has no home field, will play at Lansdowne High this season.

Outlook: The Wolverines are trying to avoid the fate of the three other Western Tech squads that attempted to log three consecutive winning seasons. All of them failed.


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Coach Alan Lagon hopes to avoid that pitfall this season and he feels they could with a veteran offense.

"We have a lot of potential on offense," said Lagon, in his 10th year as head coach. "We have everybody back in the backfield."

Junior quarterback Jamal Pryor (6-3, 170) is poised for a big season after learning on the job as a sophomore.

"He throws a pretty ball and he's willing to learn the position," Lagon said.

Veteran senior fullback Payton Beachum (6-1, 220) made the 2011 All-Division team after rushing for over 600 yards.

Senior back Evens Cross (5-7, 160) is a viable scoring threat along with senior receivers Blair Awkward (5-8, 175) and Tyree Starks (6-2, 170).

Senior Tony Simuel (5-9, 160), a Lansdowne resident, could also challenge for a receiving slot.

Other backfield candidates include senior running backs Chris Freeman (5-6, 150) and Justin Streater (5-7, 160) and junior Tejon Anthony (5-6, 130).

Senior tackles Andre Small (6-1, 240) and Ryan Ashley (6-3, 260) and senior guard Wasem Mansour (5-10, 230) are returning starters on the offensive line.

Senior guard Kristian Simon (6-0, 240) gained varsity experience last year and junior center Josh Miles (6-3, 220) will join the battle in the trenches.

Senior Duane Lucas (6-3, 350) will offer a huge presence on the defensive line where he's be joined by Necho Freeman (6-0, 220), Ashley, Simon and Miles.

Senior Alan Royal (5-9, 190) and junior Jordan Carr (5-8, 190) are slated for middle linebacking duty with junior Austin Harrison (6-1, 170) and Streater on the outside.

Seniors Jerome Sheldon (5-10, 152) and Tre Beverly (5-8, 170), Awkward and Cross will be in the defensive backfield mix.

After going 11-1 in 2010, the Wolverines fell a game short of the playoffs last season, although Lagon thinks they may be back in the postseason this year.

"It could if all the chips fall right and we stay healthy and our senior leadership takes hold," Lagon said.

The opener (Aug. 31. 7 p.m.) will be the only home night game.

The rest of the home contests will be held on Saturdays at 1 p.m., including dates with Loch Raven (Sept. 15), Owings Mills (Oct. 6), Sparrows Point (Oct. 20 ) and New Town (Oct. 27).