Fast fact: Friends has no junior varsity, so 23 underclassmen crowd the roster.
Key to success: The Quakers need to have far fewer than the 25 turnovers they had last year.
Breakdown: The road back won't be easy, but second-year coach Chuck Saine anticipates a stronger team will mean more victories in a revamped, six-team MIAA C Conference.
Friends players worked out more than past offseasons, according to Saine.
"The kids have been working out a lot," he says. "The nice thing about the C (Conference) this year is that we have a playoff system like they are doing in the B (Conference). The top-four teams go to the playoffs. I think we can make the playoffs and win three or four games."
Saine changed the offense to give the Quakers a better shot at winning more games, moving from a power-I to a wing-T.
"You need big offensive linemen that could push people out of the way, and we don't have that," Saine said. "That's why the power-I wasn't successful for us. The wing-T is a better fit for our personnel."
At quarterback, freshman Christan Spence has the physicial tools and mental makeup to take control of the Quakers.
"Believe it or not, as a freshman, he commands the huddle," Saine said. "He is very composed for a freshman. He is very experienced and has played football for nine years."
Spence will be handing off to senior running back Eric Brooks (5-10, 175).
They'll be working behind the beefed up line spearheaded by junior tackle Will Davis (6-0, 210) and junior guards Taylor Roethle (6-1, 195) and Jack Dixon (6-0, 180).
Senior wing back Henry Moore (6-2, 200), senior tight end Declan Meageher (6-2, 200) and freshman wing back Donovan Tilley (5-11, 165) are receiving threats.
On defense, Friends top players include senior end Grant Everett (6-2, 195), senior safety Ben Halversen (5-10, 160), junior cornerback Avery Daniels (5-10, 170), sophomore cornerback Chandler Walters (5-11, 160), linebackers Davis and Taylor and end Meageher will be key contributors.
Returning starters (offense): 9
Returning starters (defense): 9
First game: Beat Maryland Christian, 68-9, on Aug. 26.
Fast fact: Coaching legend Bill McGregor joins the Greyhound staff after winning 278 games in 29 years at Washington power DeMatha.
Key to success: How well DeMatha transfer Shane Cockerille adjusts to running a high-powered offense will go a long way in de terming the Greyhounds' fate.
Breakdown: In beginning his 15th year at the helm of his alma mater, coach Biff Poggi has all his ducks in a row. While many observers point to defending champion Calvert Hall returning most or all of its skill-position players, Gilman is loaded with experienced veterans all over the field.