New-look white helmets with big green lightning bolts and players' uniform numbers underneath won't be the only novel elements this season for the Sage Hill School football team.
Second-year coach J.R. Tolver said that a tectonic shift in personnel has also forced him and his staff back to the drawing board on both sides of the ball.
"At a small school, you never really have a handle on it," Tolver said of a system aimed at continuity. "Honestly, we threw out the playbook we used last year and started over, because the team is so much different than it was last year.
"I've learned that you can't be married to a system, because you might not have the players to fit it. One of the challenges for me and my staff is always going to be to realize what we have and then to see what we can create for those players to be successful."