How they stack up
Lancaster needs to avoid injury problems most on its front line, which does return three seniors, led by Trevin Watts. Collins indicated his team will run the football and bleed the clock at times this year, and he has a group of four running backs ready to take turns in the backfield. Jay Hood gives the Bruins a legitimate college-level passing threat and Keendarius Truesdale returns at QB for his third consecutive season as starter.
Lancaster got cleaned out on the defensive front, but does return Juanyae Richardson at defensive end. Cameron Meadows is the defensive star after making 160-plus tackles and earning first team all-area honors last fall. Dre Bailey will play in the secondary, along with Will Jackson and a host of newcomers. Collins said he has a starting 22, but “I’m gonna play the best players. We have guys that will play a little both ways.”
“I’m in the process of probably doing that same thing any minute. We’re not missing many. Some of our guys are in different situations with their parents, but for the most part, guys are showing up every day, getting to practice and plugging in and doing the things they’re supposed to do for us.”