RACHEL \u2014 Of the 28 Class AA teams that did not qualify for the postseason last fall, North Marion scored the most points with 378. The next closest team was Berkeley Springs with 320. The Huskies, who finished 6-4 have the offensive firepower to be a top-tier squad in the Big 10 Conference with many of their key contributors returning in 2018.\r\nThe Huskies will rely heavily on senior Desmond Fluharty as the primary option in the backfield. As a junior, Fluharty racked up 893 yards from scrimmage with eight rushing touchdowns.\r\n\u201cDez is our guy on offense,\u201d North Marion head coach Daran Hays said. \u201cHe is a big play threat, so we can\u2019t play him every snap. At the pace we are trying to play on offense we are trying to snap the ball 75-80 times a game. For him to turn around and play 50-60 snaps on defense and return punts, it is just asking way too much. So we have to get a little bit of depth at safety particularly.\u201d\r\nThe quarterback position for the Huskies is in flux as senior and returning starter Dalton Malcomb recovers from knee surgery he underwent in March. Junior Gunner Murphy is North Marion\u2019s top backup and took the majority of the snaps in Saturday\u2019s scrimmages versus Philip Barbour and Elkins.\r\n\u201cI think Gunner would start for over half the teams in our league,\u201d Hays said. \u201cHe is a really solid quarterback. He just happens to be in Dalton\u2019s school. Dalton is the guy but he is probably not going to roll back and play one hundred snaps per game. The idea right now is that Gunner plays the third series of every game and then we play it by ear from there. He gives us a different dimension. He is a little taller, a little lankier. Dalton probably throws a little better from the pocket, Gunner probably throws a little better on the run.\u201d\r\n\r\nHays is confident that the Huskies will be solid up front. He believes this year\u2019s line could be one of the deeper units he has coached at NMHS.\r\n\u201cWe can be pretty good up front, we can play a lot of dudes,\u201d Hays said. \u201cWe probably played fourteen offensive lineman with our group No. 1, which is the battle of attrition we are always trying to win. We don\u2019t have a 300-pound space eater guy and we are not as fast off the ball as we want to be. But we are a lot bigger than we have been in the past. Our guys that used to be 180 to 185 pounds are now 210 to 220.\u201d\r\nThe Huskies will open the season on August 24th against Nicholas County at Husky Field. Half of North Marion\u2019s 2018 opponents advanced to the playoffs last fall.