CRESTVIEW — Is this the same Crestview offense that averaged 41 points per game last year? Probably not.
Is this the same Crestview defense that allowed 22 points per game last year. Can't say it will be.
One promises to be marginally better, one marginally worse entering Friday night's season opener against Bay at 7 p.m. at Jack Foster Stadium.
The expectations, though, remain the same following last year's 10-2 Sweet 16 campaign.
The offense loses Rusty Moorer and his 45 touchdowns and 3,089 passing yards. It also loses three of the top four receiving options that accounted for 1,969 yards and 30 touchdowns.
In steps senior Rod Bouchard, who will have Dandy Dozen receiver Keon Voisin and a promising backfield of Jay Stanton and Tyree Johnson, two backs who averaged 8.8 and 6.2 yards per carry last year. They'll see plenty of holes with linemen Bryson Norris, Luther Faglima and Weston Tew in the trenches.
While it won't be the same prolific attack putting up 60 points routinely, it'll be a balanced attack.
"We'll throw to our strengths and we'll run to our strengths," said Crestview head coach Tim Hatten, whose team beat Washington 10-3 in last week's preseason kickoff classic. "We're always looking to throw the ball and we have some age at quarterback and very good receivers as a whole. With two great backs we're also not scared to run the ball. Last year we were averaging six yards a carry, and with an experienced offensive line returning we expect to build on that."
Defensively the Bulldogs under are clicking under Tommy Johnson. While the Bulldogs lost Sam Johnson, Tarin Akins, Mike Robinson and B.A. Larkins, returning are linemen Terelle Holliday and Taurean Mays along with Marcus Purcell, the Voisin trio and a slew of playmakers in the secondary.
"We're more athletic on defense and we have a lot of options with our team speed," Hatten said. "They played really well Friday night and the only mistake was on 4th and 15 where we had a guy in the ground and had a late hit. I think that led to their only three points. So it's just working on discipline and bending but not breaking."
In Bay, which finished 7-3 and made the 4A playoffs last year, Hatten sees a quality spread offense.
"They run around pretty good. They run an offense we get to see a lot in practice," Hatten said.
As for the excitement around the school and locker room, Hatten said the "expectations are every bit as high as last year."
"This is year 30 for me, 25 as head coach," he said. "I really like the work ethic of this team. There's nothing I really don't like about this team. They're fun to be around. Will that equate to 10 wins? I think we have seven playoff teams on the schedule, so we'll just have to play to our best capabilities and put ourselves in position like last year."