Schell wants more consistent play from his offensive line, which is anchored by senior tackle Matt Bennett (5-10, 210) and junior center Nick Morton (5-11, 230).

"For our offense to be good, our offensive line has to improve," Schell said. "I think we are up to the task. We weren't very good last year."

Senior running back Michael Whitehurst (6-0, 180) has emerged as the primary ball carrier.

Gesualdi, a three-year starter at wide receiver, figures to be Bopst's favorite target.

"He is very fast and runs wonderful routes," Schell said. "He is a phenomenal athlete. Everything he does is top-notch."

Schell has a lot of confidence in sophomore punter/placekicker Dominic Maggio (6-0, 135).

"He will be a Division I kicker," Schell said.


2012 record: 3-7

First game: Sept. 6 at Dundalk, 7 p.m.

Offensive starters returning: 4

Defensive starters returning: 4

Fast fact: New coach Daron Reid worked the past nine years as defensive coordinator at Franklin High.

Outlook: The eyes of Dulaney supporters will be on Reid.

Can he get the Lions headed in a positive direction after a string of losing seasons?

Dulaney has only won nine games since the 2004 campaign, but Reid thinks he has a legitimate chance to turn the team into a winner.

He will be relying on a lot of young players, though.

"I don't think Dulaney has had an many athletes as we have now," said Reid, who replaces Chris Fallon. "The JV last year had a good year and went 8-1. A lot of those guys (14 out of 30) are coming up. We want to change the culture of what Dulaney football is."

Junior Garry Bernardez (5-10, 175) steps into the starting role at quarterback after playing on the JV last year.

Reid says Bernardez is the perfect fit to lead the read-option offense.