Another football season is upon us, and we'll be examining every local new district — the Florida High School Athletic Association shuffled things a bit — over the next two weeks. Class 6A, District 7 Armwood, Blake, Brandon, Chamberlain, Hillsborough, King What's new After redistricting, Class 6A-7 is down one perennial powerhouse in Jefferson, which dropped to 5A, but the biggest threats — Armwood and Hillsborough — still remain. That could make it tough for Brandon, King, Chamberlain and Blake, all of which have struggled in recent years, to compete for a playoff spot. The Eagles, though, could be a dark horse, coming off a 7-3 season a year ago, their best since 2010. Coach's corner "The first year was definitely a learning lesson. I learned something new almost every day. This year I'm going to take what I learned and apply it. Now I feel like I have a little bit more foundation to stand on now. … We're just building a program. That's what we're going to do here." — King coach Travaris Thomas Offensive standouts Isaiah Alexander, QB, Brandon: The Eagles had their first winning season under coach Dean Eychner last season, and Alexander was a big reason why. The senior led Brandon well in 2014, throwing for 1,008 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 234 yards and eight more scores. DeMario Brisbon, WR, King: Brisbon lined up under center last year, throwing for 624 yards and six touchdowns while adding 198 yards rushing and four more scores on the ground and chipping in on defense. This year Delvin Austin moves to quarterback, allowing Brisbon to get back to his "natural position," Thomas said. Still, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound athlete will likely be spotted all over the field. Lawrence Dawsey Jr., QB, Hillsborough: Dawsey, who backed up quarterback Dwayne Lawson last year, will get his chance to shine under center. But that's not the only place the senior will help the Terriers. He will also lend a hand on special teams, where he'll be in charge of both kicking and punting. Kevin Richardson, OL, Armwood: At 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, the senior helped Armwood record more than 300 yards of offense per game leading up to the Hawks' second straight 6A state championship appearance. This year he's got a new quarterback and fresh running backs to block for, but coach Sean Callahan thinks he'll get the job done just the same. Isaiah Santel, C, Chamberlain: Santel is a 5-foot-9, 200-pound returner from last year who will anchor the offensive line and linebacking corp. He had 22 tackles, four as a junior. "He's a tremendous leader and a very hard hitter," coach Jason Lane said. "Great instincts." Defensive standouts Kevin Ballard, LB, King: Ballard, a senior, tore his ACL in fall camp last year and missed the entire season. Now that he's recovered, Thomas expects the 5-foot-10, 195-pound linebacker to take a leading role on a defense that struggled at times. DJ Thomas-Hood, DB, Brandon: The 5-foot-11, 160-pound senior had 61 tackles last season while chipping in three interceptions, a blocked field goal, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Nolan Johnson, OL/DL, Hillsborough: At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, Johnson will anchor both lines. On defense, the team captain will be flanked by Carter, and coach Earl Garcia is confident his pair of defensive ends will be hard to stop. Lorenzo Lowry, LB, Chamberlain: Lane liked this 6-foot-2, 195-pound two-way player's potential in preseason workouts. The senior will also play running back. Tyler Scott, DB, Armwood: At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Scott should lead Armwood's secondary this season. The senior recorded 48 tackles, two for loss, and a pair of interceptions last year. Special teams Alex Alhomsi, K, King: Alhomsi's brother, Bader, was the starting kicker last season, and Thomas is excited to keep the job in the family. The second-year coach described Alhomsi, a junior, as a "Martin Gramatica type guy," whom he expects will carry on his brother's tradition of accuracy. Duran Bell, KR/PR, Hillsborough: Bell, whom Garcia expects to be a major Division I prospect, will be sharing return duties with Rudy Dawson III. As a sophomore, Bell rushed for 376 yards and four touchdowns. Matt Davis, PR/KR, Chamberlain: The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior played all over the field last year, and he'll do that again, lining up at wide receiver, running back and defensive back. He'll also bring his talents to special teams, where he'll be the Chiefs return specialist. "As a whole, the offense wasn't that productive," Lane said, "so his offensive stats don't speak to what he's capable of." Dalton Kocsis, K, Armwood: The senior has big shoes to fill replacing Sterling Hofrichter, a Syracuse signee who dominated the past two seasons kicking and punting. This year the Hawks will have a separate punter and kicker, but Callahan is confident Kocsis will pick up where Hofrichter left off. Sizing up the district Four big questions for 6A-7: How fast can Armwood rebuild? With a consistent quarterback in Noah Johnson and a ruthless defense anchored by Division I prospects like Byron Cowart and Jordan Griffin — who recorded more than 300 tackles in the past two years — Armwood reached the state championship game each of the past two seasons, only to fall to Miami Central twice. This year, however, could be a bit of a wildcard. For the first time in years, Callahan admits his offense could be better than his defense, which will feature many new faces. At 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, first-year starting quarterback Darrian McNeal is a bit undersized, but he looked good in 7-on-7 play this summer. How well will that translate to Friday nights? And will he be able to take full advantage of Armwood's fleet of returning receivers? Can Brandon keep up the good work? Brandon might be one of the oldest programs in Hillsborough County, but lately the Eagles have been in the shadows, winning just four games total in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, however, things finally began clicking under third-year coach Eychner. Brandon finished 7-3 overall, just barely missing the playoffs. And much to the Eagles' delight, they return much of the team that got them there, including a quarterback in Alexander who has a year of experience under his belt and a linebacker in Dakota Trice who recorded more than 100 tackles. Can new quarterbacks get the job done? Hillsborough's Dawsey and King's Austin both had important roles on their respective teams last year, but the seniors will face the biggest task of all when they start their first season under center. As a defensive back for the Lions, Austin proved his athleticism, recording 45 tackles and a county-high nine interceptions, followed by 210 total interception return yards. Thomas hopes Austin will be exactly what the King passing game — which accounted for just 680 yards and seven touchdowns last season — needs. As for Dawsey, Garcia admits that following in the footsteps of Virginia Tech signee Lawson isn't an easy task, but he's confident that he's up for the challenge. "He's an International Baccalaureate student, and he has a 5.6 grade-point average," Garcia said. "It's always a pleasure to coach a guy with that high intelligence." How will new coaches fare in turning programs around? While most teams in this district are rebuilding in some way, Blake and Chamberlain are doing so from the top down with the addition of new head coaches. During the offseason, the Yellow Jackets hired former Citrus Park Christian coach Hill, and Chamberlain hired former Jefferson assistant Lane. Both inherit teams that have struggled to put wins, let alone points, on the board at times. Blake went 2-8 last season — its only wins were against similarly struggling programs Leto and Middleton — and the Chiefs also won just two games, against Blake and Leto. Note: Numerous attempts to reach Blake's football coach were unsuccessful.