But as evidenced by the roll Wayne has been on for the last season and a half, the defending champs have talent, and perhaps more importantly, experience to spare.
"These players are pretty mature," Harmon said. "They know the level of competition goes up a little each week. If you looked at us, you wouldn't say, 'All that team has to do is show up.' They know they have to play well and execute."
While the two main cogs in Wayne's backfield will either be unavailable or less than 100 percent, the Pioneers' defense will have to deal with a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in the Eagles' backfield.
Ben D'Annunzio has racked up 1,427 yards and 14 touchdowns on 148 carries, while Tre Cox has added 1,112 yards and 18 scores on 144 rushes.
But it seems like a different player for Byrd steps up every week, and last week that player was Mason Compton.
The senior returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, scored on a 60-yard touchdown catch, and intercepted two passes on defense.
"Every week a different kid comes in and steps up," Carey said. "This year we have a lot of skilled athletes."
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