"Summer ball was all about implementation of completely new offensive and defensive schemes," he said. "With limited passing league games, we focused on alignment, assignment and finishing plays. A pleasant surprise was how willing the players were to embrace our philosophies and their rapid absorption of these schemes."
Quarterback junior Sam Franklin enters his senior year coming off a season that included 980 rushing years. Senior running back Brandon White was right behind Franklin last year at 960 yards. A receivers corps stocked with talent and a defense led by several key players has McInally anticipating his first season.
Below is a capsule look at the 2011 Warriors.
Head coach: Pat McInally (first year)
Coaching staff: Ryan O'Hara (offensive coordinator/QBs); Leon Green (defensive coordinator/linebackers); Jim Pederson (defensive line); Russ Duren (offensive line); Roger Ollano (secondary); Tom Riggs (defensive line); Dave Oakley (running backs); Ken Diebold (special teams).
2010 record: 4-6
2010 league record: 1-2
2010 CIF playoffs: Did not qualify
Type of offense: Spread
Type of defense: Attacking scheme
Returning starters: McInally said the Warriors return 14 players from 2010.
Key losses: Bobby Frisch (OL, all-league)
Coach's outlook: "We will be an exciting team to watch this season," McInally said. "Coach (Ryan) O'Hara's offense has been well-implemented and we have the players to make it go.
Season's greetings: "If we play well and execute our game plans, we feel we will be successful in the pre-season," McInally said of the nonleague schedule. "Our opener against Pasadena Poly will be quite a challenge as they crushed us last year and have been a playoff team in recent years. This game could set the tone for our season."
Home digs: "We're excited about playing our home games at Ocean View," McInally said. "The quality of the facilities and proximity to our school make it a great fit."
Season opener: 7 p.m. Thursday against Pasadena Poly at Ocean View High
Thursday: Pasadena Poly, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9: at Arrowhead Christian, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15: vs. Century, 7 p.m.
(at Santa Ana Bowl)
Sept. 23: vs. Saddleback Valley Christian, 7:30 p.m.
(at JSerra High)
Sept. 30: St. Anthony, 7 p.m.
Oct. 8: at L.A. Baptist, 1 p.m.
Oct. 22: Xavier Prep, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27: *St. Margaret's, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5: *Crean Lutheran, 7 p.m.
Nov. 11: at *Sage Hill, 7 p.m.
(home games played at Ocean View High)
* denotes Academy League game