Chesterton (Mark Peterson, sixth season): 4-6, lost to Warsaw, 26-16, in Class 6A sectional semifinal. Opener: vs. Hobart. Have to replace quarterback Andrew Zimmerman and running back Louie Razo. Top players back include senior defensive back Max Rodriguez and senior linebacker Kody Wilkerson.

Crown Point (Kevin Enright, seventh season): 7-5, lost to Penn, 33-3, in Class 6A regional final. Opener: vs. Lowell. Have to replace quarterback Ryan Bolda and linebacker Caden Watson. Top players back include senior running back Scott Mills and senior defensive back Sam Krutz.

Lake Central (Tony Bartolomeo, second season): 2-8, lost to Portage, 34-14, in Class 6A sectional semifinal. Opener: vs. Munster. Have to replace running back Josh Williams and linebacker Jackson Long. Top players back include senior quarterback Zach Bundalo and senior defensive back Chayse Sykes.

LaPorte (Dave Sharpe, fourth season): 7-4, lost to Michigan City, 38-10, in Class 6A sectional final. Opener: at New Prairie. Have to replace quarterback Nolan Lorenz and running back Brayson Nespo. Top players back include senior linebacker Noah Perez and junior running back Isaac Alexander.

Merrillville (Brad Seiss, fourth season): 1-9, lost to Crown Point, 23-14, in Class 6A sectional semifinal. Opener: at Andrean. Have to replace wide receiver lineman Brandon Streck and wide receiver Xavier Griffin. Top players back include senior quarterback Cameron Wright and senior defensive back Anthony Swims.

Michigan City (Phil Mason, third season): 9-4, lost to Kokomo, 21-14, in Class 5A semistate final. Opener: at Griffith. Have to replace quarterback Michael McCullough and lineman Braden Fiske. Top players back include senior linebacker Chase Triplett and senior wide receiver Zennon Wilhelm.

Portage (Darren Rodriguez, third season): 5-6, lost to Crown Point, 14-7, in Class 6A sectional final. Opener: vs. Mishawaka. Have to replace quarterback Anthony Maceo and wide receiver Greg Milledge. Top players back include senior linebacker Teangelo Rayner and senior defensive back Jordan Warner.

Valparaiso (Bill Marshall, first season): 8-2, lost to Penn, 13-0, in Class 6A sectional semifinal. Opener: at Penn/ Have to replace quarterback Jake Leffew and linebacker Riley Woodward. Top players back include senior running back Jesse Harper and senior linebacker Tyler Burkur.