The thing Guilderland has going for it is a veteran offensive and defensive line anchored by Van Auken, Betton and Kennedy. "We have several returners on both lines, and we have several skill guys who have been working hard in the off-season," said Penna.
Saratoga Blue Streaks
Head coach: Terry Jones
Key veterans: Leejay Pollacchi (senior RB/DB), Adhem Elsawi (senior OL/DL), Collin Mulholland (senior QB), Eric Hayden (junior OL/LB), Tony DeLoatch (junior RB/DL), Ford Plowman (junior RB/LB), Will Dreyer (senior TE/LB), Ben Cook (senior RB/DB), Ryan Woodcock (senior LB), Zach Hartmann (senior WR/LB), Max A'Hearn (junior OL/DL), Dave Schewe (senior OL/DL), Harrison Kim (senior OL/DL)
Key newcomers: Kyle Willmott (sophomore WR/DB), Dillon Walczak (junior WR/DB), Hunter Hinds (junior RB/DL), Regan Delancey (sophomore OL/DL), Khalid Elsawi (junior OL/DL), Shawn Sweeney (junior WR/DB), Joe Scully (junior WR/DB), Ryan Seymour (junior RB/DB), Kyle Montgomery (senior DL)
Outlook: The Blue Streaks are in good shape entering the 2008 season with seven veterans returning to the offense and six starters back on defense. "From what we've seen (in the preseason), there's been tremendous improvement," said Jones. "We're playing with a lot of confidence." The strength of Saratoga's offense will be its running backs with DeLoatch and Pollacchi leading the way, but don't sleep on its aerial attack. Mulholland will have some talented underclassmen to throw to this year including Willmott, Walczak, Sweeney and Scully.
Head coach: Brent Steuerwald
Key players: Anthony Curto (senior FB/LB), Tyler Dehmer (senior QB/DB), Suhayb Banks (junior RB/DB), Mike Daly (junior SE/DB), Andrew Kalish (junior QB/DB), Austin Lane (junior OL/DL)
Outlook: Shen's roster is loaded with juniors " an abnormality with a Steuerwald-coached team. Still, the expectations from outside the program are that the Plainsmen will contend in the division. "The juniors have to hit a high level of performance for us, but they've worked hard in practice," said Steuerwald.