The quarterbacks will be senior Chad Koenig, who took a few snaps last season, and junior Carl Albrecht, who had no time at the position a year ago.
The Indians' starting backfield also will have a new look, with most of the returning starters being linemen.
COACHING. Ortman begins his third season as the Indians' coach, with a 16-5-1 record over the last two seasons. He was 28-27-1 as Morrisville's coach for the previous five seasons, making him 44-32-2 overall. His offensive assistants are headed by his brother, Bud, who is the offensive coordinator. Sam Evans and Bruce Stansbury coach the line, Scott McElrat the running backs and Bill Ferrera the receivers. Bruce English is the defensive coordinator, joined by Bob Assetto (line) John Franco (ends) and Jack Techtman (backs). Skip Petetti coaches the kickers.
LAST YEAR. The Indians were 8-2-1, 6-1-1 in winning the Suburban One National's Patriot Division. The two losses were by a total of 4 points.
LETTERMEN LOST (29). Leading rusher and scorer (11 touchdowns) Tim Maduzia (Bucknell) and quarterbacks Adam Voyles (Southern Methodist) and Jon Shields (Fork Union Military Academy) head the list.
LETTERMEN RETURNING (23). Seniors Ed Strannix, a starter at end on both offense and defense, 6-foot, 4-inch, 260-pound defensive tackle Jason Owens and Chuck Garnett (6-2, 270 tackle) are three reasons the lines should be strong.
NEW PLAYERS. Larry Sandler (6-3, 270), a senior guard, will fit into the Indians' pro-sized line. Marc D'Allesandro and Frank Grube are two seniors who will take over linebacker positions.
SPECIAL TEAMS. Junior Chuck Traber scored 25 points last season, on 19 extra points and two field goals. Strannix may do the punting.
OUTLOOK. If Koenig and Albrecht do the job at quarterback, Council Rock has to be considered one of the top teams in the area.
"Both are good passers," Bud Ortman said.
How they will be used (Voyles and Shields alternated series last year) will depend on the game situation. Both also start in the defensive backfield.
Juniors Tommy Coleman and Jim Schukert and senior Paul Cozza join the quarterbacks in the all-new offensive backfield. But with that huge line in front of them, their breaking-in period shouldn't be too difficult.
"This should be a good club, but we'll have to play well to win," Mike Ortman said.
SEASON OPENER. Council Rock travels to play East Stroudsburg on Saturday night.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Ed Strannix is starting his third varsity season at Council Rock, playing both offense (tight end) and defense (end).
"Ed has the type of body (6 feet, 3 inches, 210 pounds) and speed to play a lot of different places," said Bud Ortman, the Indians' offensive coordinator. "He's a great athlete."
Last year's team won its division, but one tie and two losses (by a total of 4 points) kept it out of the PIAA playoffs.
"Last year, I felt we were better than half the teams in there (the playoffs)," Strannix said. "I thought our offense would devastate them."
Strannix is an important part of the Indians' run-and-shoot offense. As a sophomore, he caught only three passes, but all were for touchdowns. Last season, the first three passes thrown to him also wound up as TDs.
"Our offense is such fun to play on because it's not run-run-run," he said. "We're passing all the time."
Last year was his first on defense, and he'll again go both ways this season. He also might do the Indians' punting.
"I think I can do it," he said. "Consistency is my only problem."
Strannix is one of the veteran linemen returning for Council Rock on both sides of the ball, but he is one of the few letter-winners at a skill position on offense.
"I think we have too many good players," he said. "Our running backs are tremendous. I'm probably a more important type of player on defense than on offense."
Defensively, his speed sometimes gets him into an opponent's backfield before a play develops.
Strannix plans to continue playing in college, "either at a small (NCAA) I-A or big-time I-AA," he said, and already has visited Boston College.
But first is another rugged Suburban One National season, where games sometimes have a college atmosphere. And then. . . .
"I want to get to the states (playoffs)," he said.