As The Post continues its preview of the upcoming football season, it looks today at some of the interesting numbers that will be in play this year.
Combined touchdowns scored last season by Yorktown running backs John Crone and Duane Tigney. Both players graduated last spring, so the Patriots will have to replace that scoring and the pair's combined 3,153 rushing yards.
Consecutive losses for Marshall going into this season -- a streak the Statesmen might be able to end, if preseason turnout figures are an indication. Coach J.T. Biddison has more than twice as many players out for his team this year as he did last year, his first in charge of the Northern Region's smallest school, and he was pleased with progress made in the offseason.
As is the case at any summer practice in the area, those at Marshall High are filled with enthusiasm.
"We're coming along," Biddison said. "I'm optimistic."
But Biddison knows the key for his team is getting off to a fast start. The Statesmen haven't won since Sept. 13, 2002 -- and went 0-10 during a dismal 2003 in which they were shut out six times. Snapping the losing streak early could pave the way for a turnaround season.
"Absolutely, it's the confidence level," Biddison said. "We need to get the whole mindset changed. That it's okay to have success and win some games. We can compete with anybody at this point, but competing and getting wins are two different things. A lot of that's mental."
Biddison hopes his team can begin to clear that mental hurdle tonight when the Statesmen scrimmage at Wakefield at 7 p.m.
Winning streak for Westfield entering the season. That ties the Bulldogs for the area high, along with the Maryland School for the Deaf. The Bulldogs won their games by an average of 27.6 points last season and won all of their games by double-digit margins.
Combined margin of defeat in Madison's three losses last season. The Warhawks' season ended with a 17-16 loss to Massaponax in the AAA Division 5 semifinals.
New coaches in the Liberty District this fall.
"There's less history now," said Biddison, one of the three returning coaches in the division. "But most of the tendencies [of a team] we try to get from tape trades [in the current season]. It's case by case. Woodson's coach [Gerry Pannoni] came from Lee, so we have some history of what he likes to do. South Lakes' new coach [John Ellenberger] was their offensive coordinator, so they might not change. Fairfax's coach [Mat Shannon] came from West Springfield, so they'll probably throw the ball more."
In all, 10 Northern Region schools have new football coaches.
Points scored by Yorktown in its regional final loss to Madison, after averaging 36.2 points per game in its first 11 games. The Warhawks earned a state berth with a 20-0 win, but Yorktown brings back an experienced core and hopes for a better finish this season.