Bearcats have blend of youth, experience
Hobart got a taste of some playoff success last season, reaching the second round of the playoffs before running into state runner-up Millwood.
The Bearcats have a similar opportunity this year.
Frederick meanwhile has its third head coach in three years as it tries to keep momentum of last year's late run that helped it qualify for the postseason.
Walters replaces two key skill players, but has more experience and depth than it's seen in the past three seasons.
Hobart's freshmen team lost one game last season, which is a good thing for the Bearcats coaches this year.
A handful of those players, now sophomores, must help replace 13 starters who graduated off last year's 7-4 team that reached the postseason's second round.
"We had a really good senior class. We lost a couple quality linemen and some good speed and skill guys," Hobart coach Bill Dalke said. "We'll start six to eight sophomores, possibly."