The South Carroll football team won't intimidate anybody when it walks on the field.
There are no 280-pound linemen such as Jamie Waltersdorf or any 235-pound running backs like Mike Dodd.
The beef is gone in Carroll County.
The best player on the team, senior Chris Lyerly, epitomizes the new look for the defending county champion.
Lyerly is 5 feet 7 and weighs only 140 pounds, prompting coach Gene Brown to say "pound for pound, he's as good as anybody."
Lyerly loves to tackle, and was good enough last season to be one of only three juniors to make The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro first team.
With Dodd gone this season, Lyerly will be asked to run the ball a lot from tailback in addition to playing cornerback. He broke his collarbone during a lacrosse playoff game last May but has recovered completely.
Lyerly will be joined in the backfield by junior Greg Mihalko (5-8, 160). Brown does not like to talk too much about juniors, but he could not help getting a little excited about Mihalko.
"We're going to want the ball in his hands a lot," said Lyerly. "Greg can run, he has good speed and he's a hard-nosed kid. He just keeps impressing me more every day."
Right now, two junior quarterbacks are even in their fight to start.
They are Jason Harick (6-2, 170) and lacrosse standout Tom Luster (6-2, 175). Harick started four games last year and the Cavaliers won all four of them.
A fourth junior, wide receiver/safety Tom Lapato, also figures high in the plans for a younger, smaller South Carroll team, which opens its season at home tomorrow night against Wilde Lake.
The top offensive and defensive lineman is senior Mike Arterburn (5-11, 220), who was part of that huge South Carroll offensive line last season that averaged 240 pounds.
Other seniors who are expected to play important roles as the Cavaliers try to win another county title are linebacker Mike O'Connell (5-11, 170), fullback/defensive end Ryan O'Neill (5-9, 160) and two-way tackle Josh Rockwell (5-9, 220).
"Our offensive line is a big question mark," Brown said. "We need to pass block. Also, I think county football is going to be improved over last season and the Central Maryland Conference is always good.
"We're not big and we have a lot of juniors. This isn't going to be easy for our team."