WHITEHALL — It’s hard to follow up a historic season, but the Whitehall Trojans are a confident bunch heading into the 2017 regular season.

“I think we’re going to make it to the playoffs again, if not further,” said wide receiver Wyatt Alexander. “I feel like our team’s ready to go.”

The boys represented Whitehall in its first state semifinal since 1982 last fall. The Trojans lost key pieces like quarterback Braden Larson and tight end Andrew Simon, but the next men up are impressing in camp.

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“We can match up great again skill-wise (this year),” said head coach Dan Lacey. “We lost some key skill guys, but I think that we’ll be able to fill the void with the ones we have.”

The biggest difference for Whitehall is the number of bodies in camp. After a successful season last year, the program has ballooned from 24 players last November to 40 this August.

“The kids are finally buying in,” Lacey explained. “The numbers are the biggest we’ve ever seen. … Our starters can get a break every once in a while. That makes a big difference come postseason play.”

The Trojans do return some experience from last season, and after getting a taste of November, all this team is thinking about is postseason play.

“We have a little bit of swagger coming back from last year’s season,” said running back Sawyer Keener. “We should be fine. As long as we keep our heads down and just focus, we should be fine.”

The confidence can’t be understated as this team prepares to open its season at Shepherd on Aug. 25. Keener has some high praise for he and his fellow Trojans.

“We’re clicking pretty well in all phases,” he said. “As long as we play together, we could probably beat any team out there.”

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