Coach: Scott Biglin (4th year, 33-5).
Last league title: 2011.
Last playoff berth: 2011.
Home field: Lampson Stadium.
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Projected starters (returners in bold)
Others to watch: WR/DB Jim Fowler, Jr. (6-6, 180); WR/DB Hunter Shauers, Jr. (6-1, 180); RB-DB Casey Brandon, Jr. (5-11, 160); WR Liam Ollila, Sr. (5-10, 170); FB/TE Kirk; TE/LB Phil Hunt, Jr. (5-10, 175); OL Hayden Burris, Jr. (6-2, 190); OL Kyle Millington, So. (5-10, 195); LB Dalton Tuveson, So. (5-11, 155); LB Tyler Herman, So. (6-0, 165); DL Trevor Holman, Jr. (5-9, 165); DL Jake Stephens, Jr. (6-0, 200).
- Robertson proved his poise -- and running ability -- as an injury fill-in in the playoffs last year. The big surprise in the backfield has been Jansen evolving into an every-down kind of back. The addition of Williams off the basketball team is a big get to add to Perrins in a mostly inexperienced receiving corps.
- O-line is the Braves' biggest question mark, graduating all five senior starters. But Biglin is thrilled how the mostly junior group has come together in the offseason -- similar compliments were given to its predecessor two years ago.
- Thirty-three-year coordinator Tim Maher always has the answer on defense. Keech, Greager, Jansen and Perrins are great foundations to build around -- size and speed in the secondary will make life tough for opposing receivers.
Back-to-back league titles, runs to the state final and semifinals, and a 25-2 record over two seasons -- it figures the Braves have to hit a down year sooner or later. But don't expect the drop to be too far this season. If the O-line hits the ground running, the offense will follow, and so will the 'W's.