Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Oxford's Paul Wonka became Chenango County's all-time leading rusher last season, but now the Blackhawks look to replace him and several other key playmakers.
On top of losing a lot of talent, Oxford is in a division with defending Section IV Class D Champions Tioga, Harpursville and Sidney.
Despite all that, the Blackhawks believe an experienced line can help balance out the fresh faces that are in the backfield.
"They're young. We're a young team, but we're kind of an experienced young team," said coach Ray Dayton. "Most of those guys have played since they were tenth graders and now they're juniors. So hopefully they'll just keep getting better and better."
"These kids, I mean they're tough kids. They learned really quick," said junior Richard Ryan. "It's a little different than it is in practice, playing against other teams that they're kids are a lot bigger and the schools are a lot bigger. But they're adjusting really quick and getting right with it."
Oxford scrimmaged Chenango Forks, Delhi and Vestal this past weekend. The team is hoping that experience will help prepare them for their opener at Dryden on Friday.