The Oakcrest High School football team finished 1-9 last season,

Still, Falcons coach Chuck Smith had a great time.

“You could have walked out (to practice) any day of the week and you would have though we were 9-1,” Smith said. “The enthusiasm the kids had was tremendous. This is a great group of kids.”

Oakcrest is still young. The Falcons roster is predominantly underclassmen with just 12 seniors. Smith said the seniors are excellent role models for the younger players.

Senior lineman Connor Dindak is a three-year starter and like another coach on the field, according to Smith.

Senior defensive back and wide receiver Brandon Roberson is another three-year starter.

Junior Matt Hess leads the offensive line, while junior Mafa’y Wilson is a player to watch at linebacker.

Oakcrest will start freshman Kendall Elliott at quarterback. The 6-foot, 190-pound Elliott has a strong arm and can also run. He could flourish in the Falcons spread offense.

Sophomore running back Terence Smith started as a freshman at running back. he will get the bulk of the carries this season.

The Falcons should improve on last season’s win total.

I've covered high school sports and variety of other events and teams - including the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Phillies - since 1993.