Coach Ed Dalton helped engineer an impressive turnaround in his first season as McGuffey's coach.
His second year could reap even more dividends.
The Highlanders had gone winless the season prior to Dalton arriving, but they went 5-5 last fall, narrowly missing out on a spot in the postseason. The Highlanders won three of their final four games.
Offensively, the Highlanders return nine starters. They have one of the best running back tandems in Class AA with James Duchi (6-0, 201, Jr.) and senior Patrick Frey (5-11, 205, Sr.). Duchi rushed for 1,514 yards last season (fifth best in Class AA) and scored 12 touchdowns. Frey transferred from Trinity, where he rushed for 940 yards and nine touchdowns.