The stability of the coaching staff is a big factor. We have everyone back and we?ve added a few guys like Mike Heath from Springfield to give us a few more experienced coaches. The kids have responded. They?re a little more comfortable. They know what they?re doing and because of that we?re ahead of where we were at this point last year. I think we?ll be a better football team because of it.

Adam and Tom have played very well, probably above what we expected. They?ve been solid.

In the beginning of the year we thought we were deep at inside linebacker.

We?ll find out about Pat later this week and Mike?s hamstring has not responded to rehab the way we would have hoped.

Todd came up big for us when we needed it.

We?re going to give away some size up front and that could hurt us a little bit against the more physical team in the league like Wilkes and Lycoming. The question is will we be able to put enough pressure on the quarterback. That?s going to be our toughest problem.

To be successful, we have to be able to protect Mike (Lomas) and run the ball. That?s where the offensive line comes in. We have some good young kids up there, they just need some seasoning. That?s where the stability in the offense helps because most of those kids have been in the system for two years so they know and understand the blocking schemes.

Bulldogs have a good team, they played well today and Roos are going to have a tough time.

We have to be able to run the ball on a consistent basis. We open up at Wilkes and you never know what the weather is going to be like this time of year. You can?t count on throwing the ball 40 or 50 times a game. Plus, in this league, you have to be able to manage the football and manage the clock. The way some of these teams are, the best way to beat them is to keep their offense off the field.