His classmate, junior quarterback Grant Ferguson, was also an All-State pick in 2012. He completed 63 of 118 passes (53.4 percent) for 1,211 yards, 17 touchdowns and one interception. He ran the ball 62 times for 516 yards and 7 TDs.
"We've got some guys who can run," Harmon said when asked of the speedy Ferguson. "I think, whatever the level, speed's a big difference maker, but to say that it's the only thing, I think that you'd be remiss to say that.
"Grant's got some wheels and he's got a great attitude, I guess you'd call it moxie, that makes a difference."
Ferguson (6-3, 175) is on the Daily Mail Preseason All-State team as a defensive back, whereas Hodge was listed at linebacker.
While Wayne lost running back Brandon Spurlock to graduation after he rushed for 2,003 yards and 28 TDs on 140 carries last year, his younger brother, Nathan Spurlock (5-8, 180), could be in line to take his spot. Nathan Spurlock carried 59 times for 534 yards and three scores last season.
As for the teams chasing Wayne, Keyser (12-2) also returns a majority of its standout players from a team that reached the state title game. Senior linebacker/fullback Danny Fife (6-1, 225) and senior two-way lineman Drew Roy (6-2, 260) were both Preseason All-State selections. Senior running back/defensive back Blake Ravenscroft (5-9, 150) also returns and was a second-team preseason pick.
Bridgeport (9-3) fell to Keyser in the 2012 semifinals and lost two-time All-State running back Brett Hathaway to graduation. However, senior running back A.C. Caldera (5-9, 165) will move to quarterback and Anthony Bonamico (6-1, 170) should step in for Hathaway. The Indians return the majority of their linemen, and Dylan Tonkery, the younger brother of West Virginia safety Wes Tonkery, is a sophomore runing back/defensive back who has drawn high praise early in his prep career.
Bluefield (9-3) could also be near the top of the pack again. The Beavers return senior running back Montell Leggett (5-8, 190), who ran for 1,378 yards and 19 TDs a year ago, as well as senior quarterback D.J. Edwards (6-2, 200).
Edwards completed 29 of 47 passes for 619 yards, 10 TDs and three interceptions. Junior running back D.J. Stewart (5-8, 160) also returns after rushing for 743 yards and 11 scores last year.
One of the biggest surprise absences from the 2012 playoff field has the potential to be the biggest party crasher of 2013.
Fairmont Senior (5-5) missed the playoff field in a season that served as the swan song of coach Jared Mileto's tenure at the school. Former coach J.L. Abbott, who guided the Polar Bears to the 2006 Class AAA playoff semifinals with Kennedy Award-winning quarterback Kyle Allard, returns to his post at the school after serving as an assistant at Fairmont State.
Noah Harmon returns to the Polar Bears roster after rushing for 901 yards and 12 TDs last year, but the offense will get a boost from senior running back/linebacker Luke Hrapchak, who transferred from East Fairmont (3-7) after running for 640 yards and five scores with the Bees in 2012. Senior defensive lineman Andrew Summers (6-4, 275) is a Preseason All-State selection, and the Polar Bears return the majority of their starters on defense.
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