Stony Point's Craig Chessher has seen just about everything in 35 years of coaching, so there isn't much that gives him pause.
But the new nine-team district the Tigers are a part of this year gave him just a little more anxiety than he's used to. They might not have as much depth on offense as last year's playoff team, but the expectations are still high.
"I think any team you get put in a nine-team district as a head football coach, you're a little concerned," the Stony Point head coach said. "Five of us aren't going to the playoffs. It's going to be tough."
Stony Point went 7-5 pst season, finishing in third place in the district and advancing to the area round, where it lost to Klein Collins
Junior Jackson Tingler and Kyle Overton will both see time at quarterback. They're both relative unknowns after spending most of last season on junior varsity. At receiver, Daelan Loyden, who caught one touchdown last season, will lead a young group of players.
Chessher said he has about six solid offensive linemen coming back, but that depth might be an issue across the board. At Kendall Thomas and Tyler Cleveland will share time are running back behind them.
"We want to move the ball and I want to help my team the best way I know how by moving the ball," Cleveland said. "I like to run people over and score touchdowns. If they get in my way, they get run over."
Stony Point lost a lot of offensive firepower from last year. All-district guard Trey Womble along with tight end Jaylen Williams, quarterback Donovan Rybachek and Treshon Pickett, his top target at wide receiver.
But Cleveland still has faith the Tigers can move the ball effectively.
"We run the ball and pass, we're an all-around team and you've got to stop everything," he said. "I have faith in my offensive line. They've got me and I've got them. We had to work to build relationships with some new players, but it's working."
Stony Point kicks off the district season on Sept. 14 at Leander before it hopes to get its first-ever win against with rival and defending district champion Cedar Ridge in their sixth-ever meeting on Sept. 28.
One thing is for sure, the Stony Point offense will look vastly different than a year ago when it averaged more than 40 points a game in district play.
Chessher said if the Tigers do what they're planning on doing, you might see a few small gains with a big touchdown play.
"I don't know how much controlling we will be able to do," he said. "We're going to need to score quickly, which puts a little bit of a burden on our defense. I think you'll see a little more explosiveness out of our offense."