Team: Brockport Blue Devils
What’s new: The words defending champion after the football team’s name. Brockport won a Section V championship for the first time in 2015. … Two new starters on the offensive line, a key area in the title-drive. …. “We’ll see,” Brockport coach Scott Nugent said. “We lose that explosiveness we had on the line that we had with some of the veterans, but I got a lot of maturity coming back. I have some guys who were sophomores last year.”
Back again: 2015 All-Greater Rochester running back and cornerback Cory Gross Jr., junior, 6-feet 2-inches, 185 pounds. Gross thought about transferring to Aquinas. “I’ve been here, for how many years now? Five years, the sixth grade,” Gross said. “I grew with these guys and we’ve bonded. I didn’t think I should leave.” … Junior QB Ashton Scott (6-0, 165) second year as the starter; Junior running back/linebacker Josh Keenan (5-10, 170); WR/DB Raphael Odey (6-2, 190); senior OL/DL Mike Mattison (6-0, 240); junior LB/WR Shaquez King (5-10, 160); senior OG/DT Anthony Polizzi (6-1, 250).
Twists: Brockport will see a number of teams considered contenders for the Section V Class A title. Monroe County Division III also includes Canandaigua and Greece Athena. … The season opener for the Blue Devils is 7 p.m. Friday at Brockport against Canandaigua, a rematch of the 2015 Class A sectional final. Greece Arcadia, Athena and Irondequoit also are on Brockport’s schedule.