Two years ago, Deer Lakes made it to the playoffs for the first time in school history, but after going 2-8 last season, the Lancers hope to quickly regain some of their previous "mojo."
The Lancers didn't have many returning starters going into last season. That's not the case this season, however, as many key players are back in the fold, which could once again make the Lancers a factor in the Allegheny Conference.
"The main reason we had a lot of trouble [last season] was that we had a lot of youth and inexperience," sixth-year coach Todd Hazlett said. "I really anticipate that the success some of these guys had from playing last season will translate into a successful season."
A pair of players play a huge part in two of the team's greatest strengths -- running back and linebacker. Cody Keenan (5-10, 185, Sr.) and Ian Biernacki (5-9, 160, Sr.) project to be the top two players at each position. Keenan led the Lancers in rushing last season.
Quarterback Josh Plocki (5-11, 150, Jr.) returns, as do two-way linemen Anthony Sammartino (5-9, 240, Jr.) and Mike McGraw (6-1, 195, Jr.).