With a 42-player roster, Avonworth coach Duke Johncour has high expectations for a team that advanced to the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals a year ago.
The Antelopes went 9-2 overall and finished runner-up to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the Eastern Conference with a 7-1 mark. The 'Lopes also lost to the Trojans, 14-7, in the playoffs. They are playing in the Black Hills Conference this season.
"We have a strong core of returning players with solid experience, and we expect to make it to the playoffs and take it as far as we can," Johncour said.
Foremost on the list is Josh Drwal, a 5-8, 160-pound senior slot receiver who last year caught 22 passes for 256 yards, an average of 11.6 yards per catch.