It's going to hard to determine what type of team Altavista is going to be this season simply because they're so young and inexperienced.
The Colonels went 6-6 last season, losing to Sussex Central in the second round of the playoffs. Nearly every key contributor from that team is gone. Only two seniors who saw significant playing time are back - William Martin and Blake Smither.
So this year coach Mike Scharnus has to teach a young and inexperienced team how to play.
Right now there's a three-way battle for the quarterback position. Smither, a senior, is up against two sophomores - Juan Thornhill and Donovan Montague.
Along with the QBs, Coach Mike Scharnus, in his sixth year, has to in the words of Martin, "Teach, teach, teach." On the day ABC 13 Sports was at the Colonels practice they had 39 players on the field and those players are "going to need time to develop," Scharnus said.
He said he doesn't think his team will throw the ball as much, simply because Rick Adams is not the signal caller anymore. The Colonels will have to find a new identity by relying on the linebackers and running backs as two groups that have some experience.
The Colonels plays the same schedule as last year so they'll face Dogwood foe William Campbell twice. Only one game will count for the district standings.
In week one, Altavista hosts Randolph-Henry.