Chesterton (Mark Peterson, seventh season): 3-7, lost to Valparaiso, 55-7, in Class 6A sectional semifinal. Opener: at Hobart. Have to replace linebacker Kody Wilkerson and defensive back Ethan Staubus. Top players back include senior running back Bryce Pickering and senior defensive back Kyle McWhirter.

Crown Point (Kevin Enright, eighth season): 5-7, lost to Valparaiso, 23-6, in Class 6A regional final. Opener: at Lowell. Have to replace linebacker Ethan Potosky and defensive back Sam Krutz. Top players back include senior linebacker Alec Barancyk and senior wide receiver Tysen Cazy.

Lake Central (Tony Bartolomeo, third season): 2-8, lost to Merrillville, 42-14, in Class 6A sectional semifinal. Opener: at Munster. Have to replace quarterback Zach Bundalo and wide receiver Quincy Tribble. Top players back include senior running back Sir Felix Garcia and senior defensive back Caleb Griffin.

LaPorte (Jeremy Lowery, first season): 4-7, lost to Michigan City, 49-7, in Class 5A sectional final. Opener: vs. New Prairie. Have to replace linebacker Noah Perez and defensive lineman Kaleek Biggers. Top players back include senior running back Isaac Alexander and senior linebacker Zach Purnell.

Merrillville (Brad Seiss, fifth season): 7-4, lost to Crown Point, 17-14, in Class 6A sectional final. Opener: vs. Andrean. Have to replace lineman Justen Ramsey and linebacker Marc Guerrero. Top players back include senior quarterback Aahric Whitehead and senior lineman Martes Lewis.

Michigan City (Phil Mason, fourth season): 10-3, lost to New Palestine, 35-10, in Class 5A northern semistate. Opener: vs. Griffith. Have to replace linebacker Chase Triplett and running back Lyric McFarrin. Top players back include senior defensive back Brian Walker and senior lineman Ernest Frierson.

Portage (Darren Rodriguez, fourth season): 4-6, lost to Crown Point, 12-7, in Class 6A sectional semifinal. Opener: at Mishawaka. . Have to replace linebacker Teangelo Rayner and lineman Tyler Stone. Top players back include senior running back Scott Hansen and senior linebacker Xavier Alvarez.

Valparaiso (Bill Marshall, second season): 10-3, lost to Carmel, 14-10, in Class 6A northern semistate final. Opener: vs. Penn. Have to replace linebacker Max Bukur and running back Jackson Kurth. Top players back include senior quarterback C.J. Opperman and junior lineman Cooper Jones.