Coach: Earl Garcia (16th season, 141-35; 23rd overall, 174-73) | Last season: 9-3 | Class: 4A, District 11 | Colors: Red, black and white
A-listers Lindsey Lamar
Now a senior, Lamar rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last season. Coach Earl Garcia will use him at running back and receiver. Also a standout sprinter, Lamar has track scholarships to Georgia, Notre Dame, USC and Auburn and football offers from Wake Forest, Duke and USF — plus a 3.57 GPA.
The junior is another of the Terriers' fleet-footed wideouts and will start at free safety, which is where Garcia believes he will have the most impact. Mitchell likes contact: on offense, he's an outstanding blocker.
Garcia said Austin, a junior, could leave Hillsborough as its best pure quarterback. He started 12 games last season, knows Garcia's playbook well and has tons of weapons at his disposal.
Rising star Reggie Johnson
The offense is lauded for speed, but the sophomore defensive end is among the quickest. At 220 pounds, he comes off the line well.
Stunt man Jamie Knott
Guy who does the dirty work
In Hillsborough's speed-heavy offense the fullback doesn't get much credit, but this sophomore — one of just two ninth-graders to start in the playoffs for Hillsborough last season — can do the dirty work. He is an excellent blocker and can bench 340 pounds.
Three things the Terriers need to avoid
1. Lack of depth. Hillsborough is talented but young, so its reserve players are untested. The Terriers have to avoid the injury bug so their younger backups can grow into their roles.
2. Growing pains. The pressure will be on the young offense to produce points. Can the Terriers take enough time off the clock to relieve the defense's workload?
3. Flying Hawks. The path through the playoffs goes through Armwood. The Hawks, who beat Hillsborough twice last year, are the Terriers' chief district rival.
"Earl has been around a while and he does a great job. They have good athletes and great coaching every year." — Middleton coach Harry Hubbard
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer