The Dickinson football team graduated most of its starting skill position players from last season, but that does not mean the Midgets are lacking experience in other units.
They don't get a lot of the glory, but they might this year for Dickinson High School.
"The strength of our team is going to be our guys up front. Returning four of the five guys that started last year, plus some guys that played some quality minutes for us last year," said head coach John Tuchscherer.
After finding their footing last season, the lines on both sides of the ball are gelling better than ever.
"Well, our offensive line worked together all last year so we have a lot of chemistry," said Drew Heiser, senior center.
"Coming into last year we had no experience, but the later we got into the season, the better we got. Like, we beat Century, which was the first time we beat Century in I don't know how many years," said Quaid Larson, senior offensive lineman and defensive end.
But outside the lines, there will be a lot of new names at the top of the depth chart, especially offensively.
"We're looking at some wide receivers stepping up for us. Tanner Davidson, Tevan Thompson, guys like that who have been around. Michael McChesney is moving from running back to wide receiver and he's looked good," Tuchscherer said.
Moving to running back will be a new student from Texas named Tyrell Harris.
And junior Shawn Steffan will replace Andrew Heckaman under center. He took some snaps for the Midgets last year when Heckaman was hurt.
"It was just some really good experience for him to get into the game situations. You can already tell that he's so much further ahead than he was last year and the game's kind of slowing down for him a little bit and he's making good reads on offense," Tuchscherer said.
And overall, Tuchscherer says he's happy with the way the upperclassmen are helping the newcomers.
"Our older guys are really setting a good example for our younger guys. They know just as well as I do and our coaching staff that if we're going to be successful this year, it's going to take some of those younger guys too, stepping up into some different roles and filling in at some spots for some depth," Tuchscherer said.
The Midgets kick off the season Friday at Fargo North.