North Hills is up front about the notion that its strength this season will be along the offensive and defensive lines.
After all, those units have several starters returning and will be led by Jacob Buccigrossi (6-4, 280, Sr., T), who in June committed to play collegiately at West Virginia.
What might be a problem for the Indians is developing players at the skill positions to replace several key departures, and it's a process that must occur quickly if they are to make a return trip to the playoffs.
"I think part of that is playing consistently throughout the conference and, secondly, you have to hope you get to the playoffs in a somewhat healthy condition," coach Pat Carey said. "It would be nice if we could have our kids play one way, but we're not the kind of school, size-wise, that has a lot of depth. But the next step for us is to get past the first round and do some damage in the playoffs."