SALE CREEK PANTHERS
Head coach: Ron Cox (12-59 in seven years here and overall)
Returning starters: 9 offensive; 8 defensive
Key players: OL Race May (6-5, 320); OL Maddoux Beason (6-4, 250); OL Ben Turner (6-4, 250); QB/DB Brayden Penny (5-11, 195); RB/SS Will Roberts (5-9, 180); TE/LB Seth Hodge (6-2, 190); RB/MLB Drew Hillian (5-10, 200); LB Nick Hall (5-10, 175).
Team strengths: The offensive line is much stronger and now has veteran leadership. There is also a good group at the skill positions to make plays with the help of that line. Penny could make a difference on both sides of the ball.
Team concerns: Depth at small schools is always a concern. For the Panthers to build off the momentum of last year's playoff appearance — the first in program history — staying healthy will be key.