Sr. | 6-0 | 205 | OL/LB

A second-team All-PD linebacker as a junior. Had a solid season, which included a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown against Bethel.

THE STORYLINES

Everyone is back. Well, not everyone, but Denbigh had only seven seniors on last season's roster. Dingle and his top six receivers are back. So is top rusher Patrick Alston, the linemen, linebackers, etc. Harris hopes this will mean more wins.

Balancing the offense. In the first two games of last season, Denbigh attempted 46 passes for 324 yards. The rest of the way, Harris made it a point to get the running game more involved. Still, with Dingle and his receiving corps back, you have to think the pass will be a big part of the game plan.

Improving the D. In finishing 0-10 in 2011, the Patriots gave up 41 points a game. Last year, Denbigh cleaned it up on defense by allowing 27 ppg. More progress could help the Patriots to a .500 season for the first time since 2009.

BEST COACH

In 47 seasons of varsity football, Denbigh has finished above .500 only seven times. Three of those winning seasons came during Bob Schmidt's six-year stay on Denbigh Boulevard. Schmidt coached the Patriots to their first (and, all these years later, only) playoff appearance in 1992. He was reassigned to Woodside, which had just opened, in 1996.

GLOUCESTER

THE VITALS

COACH: Brandon Kelley (first year)

2012: 0-10, 0-9

Last playoff appearance: 1986 (Group AA)

Group: 5A South

Conference: 10

THE SCHEDULE

Aug. 29 | at Phoebus, 7 (L, 55-3)

Sept. 6 | Norview, 7

Sept. 12 | at Bethel, 7 (L, 41-0)

Sept. 20 | Warwick, 7 (L, 24-7)