"We only have 20 plays," Bruno said about the system implemented by offensive coordinator John Botneck.

His defensive counterpart, Joe Reinhardte, will use most of the same performers.

Meanwhile, both units will sport University of Michigan-style helmets, in a Quaker red version instead of the Wolverines' maize and blue.

Bruno hopes the new offense and helmets mark a significant turnaround for a program that has not won more than three games a season in recent memory.


2012 record: 5-5

First game: Sept. 6 vs. Western Tech, 7 p.m.

Offensive starters returning: 6

Defensive starters returning: 4

Fast fact: The Raiders posted their best record last year since the 2005 season after going 4-26 from 2009 to 2011.

Outlook: Making the Class 2A playoffs is no longer a long shot for Loch Raven.

The Raiders remained in the mix until late in the 2012 season.

"The kids believe we are headed in the right direction," said Ryan Heaney, who became the program's third coach in three seasons last year. "Another year of being in the weight room, being around each other and having the same coaching staff gives us a lot of confidence going into the season. The kids are energetic and enthusiastic. We have momentum."

Heaney's biggest problem last year on offense was finding consistency at quarterback.

Adam Boudouris started the season, then Heaney turned to R.J. Chasen, then to Marques Logan.

Logan (5-9, 175) looked solid for the final five games running the multiple-I offense.

"Logan really took command of the offense and demanded the guys play at a higher level in terms of bringing energy and more fire to that side of the ball," Heaney said of the senior.

Leadership is clearly Logan's biggest asset.

"He is like another coach on the field," Heaney said. "He knows what everybody is suppose to be doing on every play and if he sees something he doesn't like, he is not afraid to speak up."

Heaney is anxious to see what sophomores Marchael Gunn (5-7, 165) and Duan Jones (5-8, 160) can do carrying the ball at the varsity level.