Brentsville, pleased with its 5-5 showing in its first season of AA competition, will aim in the fall for a third straight non-losing season, which the Tigers haven't had since a four-year stretch ending in 1995.
Depth was an issue at times, but with 55 players in grades 10 through 12 out this fall, the team might have the bodies to better match up with Northwestern District opponents.
Four days into practice, the Tigers already had grasped most of Coach Dean Reedy's offensive and defensive principles, earning high marks from the coach for their dedication.
Junior running back Jay Terrell (cousin of Manassas Park senior quarterback Zach Terrell) and senior quarterback Chooch Oristian are two of the returning offensive starters, along with senior linemen Chase Waddle and Tommy Burke.
The four returning defensive starters are senior end Dan Orsulak, linebacker Oristian and senior defensive backs M.J. McLaughlin and Steve Jankauskas.
The season opener against the Battlefield junior varsity will not count toward the Tigers' Virginia High School League power rating. The Tigers' power point total will be divided by nine games instead of 10.
The Tigers do not play their first home game until Oct. 1. Their five losses last season were to teams with a collective record of 42-14.