Small in numbers but big in experience and talent.
That's how Coach Bruce Eien describes his 2010 Brethren Christian High football team, a 19-player squad that is in its final full week of preparations for the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 2.
Eien, who is in his 14th year as coach and 30th overall with the program, has 11 starters back from a team that went 5-5 in 2009. The Warriors went 1-2 and finished third in the Academy League and just missed making the postseason.
Of those 11 returners, seven are on offense and four of them — senior defensive tackle Bob Frisch (first team) and senior free safety Alex Debardelaben (second team) and junior linebackers Bryant Freese (second team) and Jonathan Vazquez (second team) — were all-league.
The Warriors' spread offense will be led by junior quarterback Sam Franklin, who Eien said is a "very good passer" but is "a better runner." Franklin will be protected by an experienced line that returns four starters: Frisch, who Eien dubs the team's "go-to" lineman, will work alongside seniors Kevin Wu and Daniel Wade and junior Larry Wade. Newcomers to the line are Max Ransom, Daniel Lee and Erick Fischer.