SARASOTA -- Year number two for legendary coach Paul Maechtle at Cardinal Mooney, and he is walking in uncharted territory when it comes to his offensive line. 

“We have probably one of the largest, not only weight wise, but also height wise, offensive lines that I have ever coached,” Maechtle said.

Music to the ears of quarterback Ryan Bulduc, and others looking to find the pay dirt. Bulduc threw for a dozen touchdowns in five games last year before missing time with injuries. This season coach is keeping it simple.

“We just have to let the chips fall with where they are, and with our own team we have to improve every day,” Maechtle said.

The Cougars reside in Class 3A, but that is not stopping them from grabbing a nice mixture when it comes to scheduling.

“This Friday, and next Friday and the Fridays  after that when we are playing 5A, 6A, and we even have one 7A team on the schedule,” Maechtle said.

No shortage of weapons offensively, with Meko Mayes, Cameron Heald and Ty Nevells. Bring on the competition.

“We are stepping up in classification, playing someone out of our size of school,” Maechtle said.

Eight wins in campaign number one off Fruitville Road. Cardinal Mooney plays Bayshore in their preseason kickoff classic on Friday, August 16.