MARTINSBURG -- A PIAA state semifinal loss to Aliquippa still stings for the Central Dragons.
The only thing that can make up for last year's late-season disappointment is another deep playoff run and a shot at a state championship.
Head Coach Dave Baker's squad has the tools for a return trip to the semis, returning 14 starters.
"It's been a few months of thinking about where we had to leave the season off last year," senior Luke Thomas told 6 Sports.
"That just drove everybody. I'm sure the whole team is excited."
Central opens the season Aug. 26 facing Hollidaysburg.