When you look at the 2013 Brethren Christian High football roster, the tangibles are present for what could be a big season.
BC Coach Pat McInally shares those sentiments. It'd be hard not to, what with 17 returning starters back from last year's six-win team that made the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
"If we stay healthy, I think we can be a great team," McInally said. "We have a great group of talented players, many from a great JV team we had two years ago that was dominant.
"If our line plays well, we can do some big things this year."
The Warriors, who went 6-5 last year, finished in second place in the Academy League, and reached the CIF-SS East Valley Division playoffs where they dropped a first-round game at Big Bear, could be explosive on offense. They favor the spread and the unit will be spearheaded by returning all-league and record-setting quarterback, senior Jack McInally, son of the head coach.
Last fall, the younger McInally threw for 2,271 yards and 32 touchdowns.
The offense also includes a slew of returning weapons in senior running backs Jared Fuga and Anthony Moore, and with Moore, senior Austin Gorrell and juniors Guy Demazeliere and Brandon Bryson, at receiver.
One of McInally's concerns is the offensive front. The Warriors have had to reconstruct a line that was hit hard by graduation.
"If our line can come through, and I think it has come a long way during spring and summer ball, and again, if we stay healthy, then offensively we will be able to spread the ball around like we did last year, he said."
Brethren Christian Warriors
Head coach: Pat McInally (second year)
Coaching staff: Rory Schoonmaker (offensive coordinator); Bill Malavasi (defensive coordinator); Joe Prokop (offensive line); Kerwin Bell (running backs); Cisco Soto (secondary); Jim Pederson (defensive line); Mel Green (JV coach); Russ Duren (offensive line); Jeff Washington (linebackers); Jesse Sapolu (offensive line).
2012 records: 6-4 overall; 2-1 league (second)
Offensive scheme: Spread
Defensive scheme: 4-3, 4-4 stack
Returning starters offense: 9
Returning starters defense: 8
Players returning with honors: Austin Gorrell (WR/DB, first team all-league, Sr.); Jack McInally (QB, first team all-league, Sr.); Brandon Bryson (WR/DB, first team all-league, Jr.); Anthony Moore (RB/DB/LR. first team all-league, Sr.); Jared Fuga (RB/LB, first team all-league, Sr.).
Key returning players: Will Martin (OL/DE, Sr.); Austin Gorrell (WR/DB, first team all-league, Sr.); Jack McInally (QB, first team all-league, Sr.); Brandon Bryson (WR/DB, first team all-league, Jr.); Anthony Moore (RB/DB/LR. first team all-league, Sr.); Jared Fuga (RB/LB, first team all-league, Sr.).
Key newcomers: Andrew Assaf (RB/LB, Jr.); Jason Fuga (WR/DB, Fr.); Robert Briones (TE/DE, Fr.).
Key losses: Jake Roque (first team all-league); Stephen Keenan (first team all-league).
The opposition: "I think our schedule will be a good test for us," McInally said. "We start with Arrowhead Christian and later down the line with have St. Margaret's in league and they are always tough."
2013 Warriors Schedule
Aug. 30: Arrowhead Christian (Ocean View High), 7 p.m.
Sept. 7: at Animo Leadership, TBA
Sept. 20: Grace Brethren (Ocean View High), 7 p.m.
Sept. 28: at Fairmont Prep (Yorba Linda High), 7 p.m.
Oct. 5: Riverside Christian (Ocean View High), 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Downey Calvary Chapel (Warren High), 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: *St. Margaret's (Ocean View High), 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at *Sage Hill, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: *Crean Lutheran (Ocean View High), 7 p.m.
Nov. 8: Firebaugh (Brethren Christian High), 7 p.m.
(*denotes league game)