For the Record
Coach: Alan Raley, third season
Starters back: 3 on offense, 4 on defense
Past five seasons: 4-46
Leonardtown is radically altering its offense this season, but that's as much a result of a thin roster as it is the graduation of quarterback Josh Bhattacharya, who led a pass-oriented offense the past two seasons.
Bhattacharya's backup, senior Garth Willard, will step under center and direct a ball-control game plan. Five running backs -- senior Manaset Romero, juniors Quade Miller, John Barr and Dajuan Somerville, and sophomore Jaquan Shields -- will get a chance at carries. The depleted roster forced sophomore fullback Josh Thompson to play guard.
The Raiders will offer a touch of the wishbone with some power and misdirection, Coach Alan Raley said. He hopes the running game will eat up the clock and not put so much pressure on its defense, which had to take the field after Leonardtown's quick drives last season.
"It'll help the defense," Raley said. "When you burn 30 seconds off the clock and then send your defense back out there, you're killing them. We want to take our time and grind it out. Even if we go three and out, we at least want to take two minutes off the clock."
Senior kicker Jared Birkholz, whose 25-yard field goal in triple overtime last year gave Leonardtown a 38-35 victory over La Plata, has received interest from Virginia Tech and Navy, Raley said.