ALTOONA -- Winning a third straight PIAA Class A championship will be a challenge for Bishop Guilfoyle.
After two straight undefeated seasons capped off by state crowns in Hershey, the Marauders have had a tough off-season, losing all-state running back Evan Chadbourn to a season-ending knee injury in July. Chadbourn is serving as an assistant coach during his senior season.
But if there is a team that can overcome the loss of one of the top players in the state, it's Justin Wheeler's squad.
"We know it's impossible to replace Evan Chadbourn," Wheeler told 6 Sports.
"It's going to have to be eleven guys that put their hand in the dirt that first game. Everyone is going to have to play a little bit harder."
The Marauders also return one of the biggest and most experienced offensive lines in Pennsylvania.
"It's a huge utility lost," senior offensive lineman Logan McGeary said.
"It's just a point of making us step up and work harder, each and every one of us."
Bishop Guilfoyle opens the season facing Bedford.