Freeport-Aquin has made the playoffs fourteen of the last fifteen years. And they don't expect anything less this season.
"We could be pretty high powered," says returning quarterback Aiden Chang. "We were really high powered last year. Lost some key seniors but I think we're rebuilding."Z
"I think we have a solid core coming back," says receiver Dean Sopcic. "We have three starters coming back, and one person to fill in, so hopefiully, we can pick up the slack."
The Bulldogs have eight returning starters in their spread offense, which is a huge strength for this team.
"A lot of teams that have new faces, it takes them two or three weeks to get the gel of things," says Aquin coach Todd Kramer. "With this group, they've been playing together a long time."
"All four of our starting receivers have a good skill set on them," says Chang. "Football, just like any sport is a lot of team chemistry. The higher the team chemistry, the easier it is."
Chang had 38 touchdown passes last season and the most passing yards of any quarterback in the Stateline (more than 3500).
"He's always been a leader in the huddle and it will be there again, his good passes, his ability to escape the pocket," says Sopcic
With a core group of returning receivers, the Bulldogs will also benefit from some new faces.
"Krishean Coffee has been looking pretty good for us at the receiver positon," says Kramer. I'm hoping to look for some things there."
After losing to eventual state champion Lena-Winslow in the playoffs last year, this team only has one thing on its mind.
"We're going to take every game as a State Championship and if you look at it like that, I think we should be pretty good," says Chang