After a .500 season last year, Nazareth is intent upon returning to the District 11 playoffs.
The Blue Eagles had made three consecutive appearances in the District 11 tournament before last year's 6-6 showing.
This year, they return four of their five offensive linemen from last year, along with one of the top running backs in the area, Jordan Gray.
That nucleus gives the Blue Eagles confidence heading into 2013.
They'll open the season at home on Friday night against Pleasant Valley.