Glenvar went 6-5 a season ago, losing to district rival Giles in the first round of the playoffs.
A strong nucleus of returning players has the Highlanders excited for the new year, and for another run in the always tough Three Rivers District.
"In the last three years, prior to this year, we've been decimated with injuries,” coach Kevin Clifford said. “We had six knee injuries and knock on wood, we haven't had any injuries yet. Hopefully, we'll have some good fortune with that. You’re always an injury away from being really good, or mediocre or even bad, so hopefully we'll stay healthy, the kids will continue to work hard and things will go our way.”
Glenvar brings back 12 total starters from last year. The increased depth and lack of injuries mean the Highlanders won't have to play as many two-way guys as in the past.
And that means the roster will be all the more dangerous in 2012.
"We have some good running backs coming back, some good skill players coming back, our top receiver coming back, he had 23 catches last year so we're gonna be a little inexperienced up front but it's a great group of kids and they work hard so we're excited at our prospects,” Clifford said.
Ean Cole, a senior linebacker and tailback said: "We're big on running backs right now. They keep coming in so we don't have to run the death out of one."
Senior lineman Alvin Wheeler said, "It's good, chemistry for the team. We're all getting along very well, and we're getting tougher and tougher, and working harder and harder every day."