Prospects appear bright for a Bishop Canevin team that returns eight starters on offense and seven on defense after a 2-7 season (1-6 in the Black Hills Conference).
But for third-year coach Darren Schoppe, the key to the team's success lies in the opening weeks of the season.
"We have to have some early success," he said. "It's a mental battle for these kids, so they're going to have to get out and play some championship football early. They're going to have to learn how to win."
One spot that is open offensively is quarterback, where Schoppe has to replace Reed Relosky, who threw for 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns a year ago. He did not throw a single interception.