OFFENSE

The Titans return six starters on offense, including the area's leading passing in senior QB Chris Whipple, who completed 94 of 197 attempts for 1,250 yards and seven touchdowns last season. The key will be cutting down his turnovers. Whipple (6 feet, 175) also threw 11 interceptions.

"Our game plan is always to be 50-50 when it comes to passing and rushing," Coach Mike Dougherty said. "But it's not going to surprise me if we throw it 30 times a game this year. We'll be riding Chris's arm and his experience."

Senior RB Tony Armenteros (6-1, 190) will take over the rushing load with the graduation of C.J. Reaves. Armenteros, who caught 14 passes at wide receiver a year ago, has added nearly 20 pounds to his frame in addition to improving his speed and leg strength. He will be featured behind the biggest Titans offensive line to date, led by junior Chatman Young (6-3, 260) and seniors James Dorn (6-3, 230) and Jamie Howell (6-3, 210).

"He can really accelerate," Dougherty said of Armenteros. "He's a train wreck; unbelievably strong. From the waist down I have no doubt he's one of the strongest kids in the school."

Chris Brent (5-7, 155), Sean Johnson (5-7, 155) and C.J. Moore (5-8, 160) will help replace Armenteros at wide receiver.

DEFENSE

Several of the Titans starters will play both ways, including Dorn, Howell and Young. But Dougherty said they will have more breathers this season than in years past as the team's depth and size increases.

"We're definitely bigger this year," Dougherty said. "We'll match up size-wise with everyone. And the best part is we actually have some depth there now, too. Every lineman on our two-deep roster is over 200 pounds.

"It's at the skill positions where we're paper thin. We have guys there we really like, but one or two injuries, and we'll be searching."

Leading the linebacker corps will be junior Zach Gitzen (5-10, 200) and senior Mike Matsos (6-2, 180), who is also slated to start at tight end. Armenteros also will play free safety and will be joined in the secondary by two-way starters Brent and Johnson at defensive back as well as junior SS Craig Carlson (5-9, 160).

OUTLOOK

The third-year Titans started last season in promising fashion, winning their first three non-district games before dropping all seven AA Dulles District games. The biggest problem was scoring, with the team totaling nine points or more in only two district games. That's one area Dominion is set on changing.

"We've set a very lofty goal this year to score 35 points a game," Dougherty said. "We're not kidding ourselves. We know that's not going to be an easy task. But that is the direction we need our team to take."