MAYFLOWER — Some veteran players for the Mayflower Eagles have learned some lessons and are a confident bunch going into this season.

"I learned the speed of the game is a lot different than it was in junior high and that has helped me a lot in preparing for this year," said sophomore quarterback Adam Dycus, who played the final regular-season game and the state playoff game with the varsity last season. "I’m working on putting more zip on the ball. I worked on that the whole offseason as well as some reads.

Dycus is in quarterback competition with junior Jordan Burns, one of the top freshmen in the conference two years ago who sat out last year to concentrate on baseball.

"It took a little while to get back in the groove, but I feel good about the offense now," said Burns during a preseason interview. "I’ve been working on my speed and accuracy — trying to throw the ball more on line."

"I think our offense can score a lot of points this season," said Daniel Geiber, a go-to wide receiver who was a former quarterback. At receiver, I’ve learned how to take a hit and get up for the next play."

Tackle Richard McDaniel took up for the defense.

"I think our defense is coming on as long as we keep the right attitude," he said. "We have speed and I think we should be able to better stop people. Our first-team defense goes against our first-time offense every day, and that’s the best way to get better."