1. Offensive backfield. The Chargers return two 1,000-yard rushers in quarterback Hunter Tremaine and running back Jack Schroeder. Fullback Toms Bernhards-Callahan (600 yards) is back, as well as Harrison Settle. With so many options, the toughest thing will be dividing the carries among that group. Tremaine also threw for 600 yards last season. His top target, Evan Jerome, is back.
2. Offensive line. Stephen Mandula is the anchor of an experienced unit that also returns Blake Elea, Tyler Shenkman and Max Miller. Though the Chargers are undersized (they average 190 pounds), the line did pave the way for the team to rush for more than 3,000 yards last season. Two questions
1. Can the defense stay with the offense? Hayford believes the unit can be strong simply because most of his offensive starters are playing on the defensive side of the ball. Jerome, who had six interceptions last season, is the leader in the secondary.
2. Is there enough depth? As with any small, private school, numbers are a concern. But Hayford said there are more than 40 guys out for varsity and he had strong participation in summer conditioning. "We have to stay healthy, but we had a lot of guys in the weight room. We'll definitely be in shape," Hayford said.
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer
Coach: Phil Hayford (186-121, 30th season) | Last season: 6-4 | Class: A, District 5 | Colors: Gold and green
In 30 years as coach, Shorecrest's Phil Hayford has continued the program's tradition of winning. After all, the Chargers have made the playoffs 13 times in his tenure. But the past two seasons Shorecrest has missed out on the postseason. "We were just one or two games short," Hayford said. With 16 returners, Shorecrest has the experience to make it back.