The preseason has not been kind to the Hamilton Township High School football team, and coach Bob Jacoby hopes the summer is not a preview of the season in store for the Rangers.

The preseason has not been kind to the Hamilton Township High School football team, and coach Bob Jacoby hopes the summer is not a preview of the season in store for the Rangers.

In the first scrimmage, starting quarterback Alex Hale suffered a broken jaw on a tackle -- an injury that forced Jacoby to reopen the quarterback battle without any clear front-runner.

"I'm back to square one," Jacoby said. "He was coming along fairly well. It was a clean hit. He just got hit a little under the helmet."

No one else on the roster has any experience at quarterback, and Jacoby has about five players competing for the job.

Whoever emerges will take over for Dorian Curry, who thrived last year in the Rangers' option-based offense.

Curry was the key offensive weapon on last year's team, which went 5-5 overall for the second year in a row and 3-4 in the MSL-Buckeye Division.

Sophomore Brandon Stevens and Caleb Morris are among those competing for the job, although neither has much experience.

Both played on the freshmen team last year, but Stevens was injured for most of the season and Morris did not play quarterback.

With the quarterback position unclear, Hamilton Township will look to its running backs to carry the offense. Juniors Josh Frakes and James White will split carries.

"Both of those guys are really good athletes," Jacoby said. "They run well, and they can make athletic plays for us.

"We want to get our running game going, so that passing isn't a huge detriment to us."

The strength for the Rangers is depth on the offensive and defensive lines, where Jacoby plans to rotate about eight players.

Seniors Thomas Beck and Alonzo Burley and junior Chris Settles will anchor the line, giving the Rangers a veteran group.

"The offensive line, I would take them over any other offensive line any day," Frakes said.

Just like the offensive side, the line is also the strength of the defense.

Line play will be especially important because the linebacker corps has little experience.

In the secondary, Hamilton Township returns Frakes and White and will look to them to limit opponents' success in the passing game.

Before the Rangers enter league play, they will have to navigate a challenging non-league schedule. Hamilton Township plays Chillicothe and Logan, which both were playoff teams last season.

"Hopefully playing them will get us ready for the league," Jacoby said.

"We don't have the depth if anybody gets injured. We have to keep our fingers crossed that we get through those games healthy and we come out full strength."