"We're not riding on our lores from last year at all we're definitely getting back to work that's our motto this year," MCI head coach Tom Bertrand said.
Bertrand returns six players each on offense and defense, but does lose some talent from a team that won MCI's first state title in 42 years.
"We return a lot of talent and a lot of leadership as well and young guys that have been itching to get their shot are stepping in and showing us their ready to go too," Bertrand said.
The Huskies dominated Class D North last year going 12-0 on the year, but 2017 presents a new challenge as MCI has moved up to Class C.
"Part of the challenge is not knowing our competition as well. When you have returning players on the teams you've been playing year after year you kinda know what you're going to be working with," fullback and linebacker Adam Bertrand said.
While they certainly recognize the challenges, the Huskies are eager nonetheless.
"Oh I'm very excited it's going to be fun playing against some new teams, new schemes. Playing against some bigger, faster, stronger competition," wide receiver and defensive back David Young said.
MCI opens the season Sept. 1 at Oceanside.