Another football season is upon us, and we've examined every local new district. Class 8A, District 6 Alonso, Bradenton Manatee, Newsome, Palm Harbor University, Riverview, Sarasota Riverview, Steinbrenner What's new This district was made for long bus trips with seven teams in four different counties. Manatee is the overwhelming favorite, but the runnerup spot is up for grabs considering the other six teams did not have a winning record last season. Manatee star running back Johnnie Lang was suspended in March due to burglary charges. Teammates Kwanzi Jackson and Malik Mitchell were also arrested on the same charges. Jackson has been reinstated while Mitchell and Lang are being tried as adults and will not go to trial until Sept. 21. Lang gained 2,116 yards and scored 32 touchdowns as a junior. Coach's corner "I think the key to this season, we return four starters up front on the offensive line. I think that paid big dividends in the spring game. I think we're going to be much more effective on the ground. These guys are hungry. I have no doubt that we're going to have a good season. They're working hard. There's no 'me' mentality." — Alonso coach Brian Emanuel Offensive standouts Dominic Caldwell, QB, Sarasota Riverview: Caldwell will be a returning starter under center. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior led Sarasota Riverview to a 4-6 record last season, posting 748 yards and seven touchdowns through the first six games of the season. A.J. Colagiovanni, QB, Manatee: Colagiovanni was the backup last season as a sophomore but figures to be the starter this season. With Lang out indefinitely, Colagiovanni will have to pick up the offensive slack. Reed Grable, QB, Riverview: Grable, one of the backup quarterbacks last year, had competition for the starting position with Sharks baseball player Anthony Gonnella, but coach Mike Thornton said Gonnella elected not to play football, throwing Grable into the spotlight. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior will be charged to lead a passing attack that struggled last year, accounting for just 284 yards of offense. Justin Moffatt, WR, Steinbrenner: Moffatt headlines a group of receivers that coach Andres Perez-Reinaldo calls a highlight of his squad. The senior had 427 yards receiving and two touchdowns last season, averaging 7.9 yards per reception. Cameron Mouton, QB, PHU: The junior has already shown signs that he will be an adequate replacement for Brandon Swift, who is now at Stetson. In the spring, Mouton threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the first half against Nature Coast. Nate Simmons, RB, Newsome: Simmons was the Wolves' second-leading rusher last year, recording 637 yards and one touchdown. Now that Bruce Anderson III, nearly a 1,000-yard rusher from 2014, has graduated, Simmons (6-2, 180) could find his time in the spotlight. Derrick Walker, WR, Alonso: Walker (5-10, 165) was the Ravens' second-leading receiver last year, posting 400 yards on 25 receptions and four scores, an average of 16 yards per reception. Defensive standouts Raj Balenger, DB, Alonso: The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior will be part of a strong Alonso secondary, which has helped make the Ravens' defense one of the best Emanuel has seen during his tenure. Last year, Balenger had 58 tackles, two passes defended and two fumble recoveries. Bryce Barnes, DB, Newsome: The Wolves will likely have a rebuilding year on defense, but Barnes made an impact as a junior in the secondary, recording 29 tackles and one defended pass. Kwanzi Jackson, OLB, Manatee: The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Jackson had an incredible 25 sacks and 27 hurries as a junior. The Tulane commit also tallied 85 total tackles. Cory Jones, LB, Riverview: Thornton said Jones is one of the Sharks' best all-around athletes, and he'll spend time at both linebacker and running back in his senior season. Last year on defense, he had 51 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles. Patrick Lukert, LB, Steinbrenner: Lukert, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior, will anchor the Warriors' linebacking corps. Last season he had 82 tackles, 18 for loss, and a team-high 7.5 sacks. George Tsiouklas, DL, Palm Harbor U.: The 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior has an offer from Stetson and was recently invited to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Last year, he had 37 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Those numbers should improve now that he is focusing more on defense. Special teams Jack Brzezinski, K/P, Alonso: Brzezinski, a three-year starter for the Ravens, excelled in the kicking game as a junior, making all 18 PATs and 7 of 11 field goal attempts, including a 46-yarder. Tyler Stevens, P, Steinbrenner: Back for his senior year, Stevens handled punts and kickoffs last year for the Warriors. He averaged 33 yards per punt, but had a long of 57 and placed six within the 20-yard line. Sizing up the district While Riverview coach Thornton likes the level of talent and parity in the Sharks' new district, he's less thrilled about the distance his team will have to travel to play a district matchup. "My original thought is that travel is a major concern," he said. "Although I'm not paying for the buses, I'm still concerned with logistics and those two-hour road trips to Palm Harbor."Here's a look at the longest distance each team has to make to play a road game this season: Alonso @ Newsome, Sept. 25 — 34 miles; 51 minutes Newsome @ Palm Harbor U., Sept. 18 — 44 miles; 1 hour, 8 minutes Steinbrenner @ Newsome, Oct. 9 — 45 miles; 57 minutes Riverview @ Sarasota Riverview, Oct. 9 — 51 miles; 56 minutes Manatee @ Steinbrenner, Oct. 2 — 61 miles; 1 hour, 6 minutes Palm Harbor U. @ Sarasota Riverview, Sept. 25 — 76 miles; 1 hour, 25 minutes Sarasota Riverview @ Steinbrenner, Sept. 18 — 83 miles; 1 hour, 24 minutes Staff writers Bob Putnam and Rodney Page contributed to this report.