Being young, capable and athletic is what the Foran High football team has going for it when coach Jeff Bevino\u2019s Lions open the season with the Fairfield Warde Mustangs\u00a0 in an SCC-FCIAC Football Challenge game on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. \u201cWe\u2019ve scrimmaged Ludlowe, Trumbull, who is very good, Stratford and Wilbur Cross,\u201d Bevino said. So far, we\u2019ve been okay and are working to be better than okay.\u201d Foran captains, quarterback Jake Kasuba, offensive lineman Anthony Raccio, defensive back Josh Mixie and running back Stephen Longley spoke about the Lions\u2019 chances. \u201cWe have to key into our assignments,\u201d said Kasuba on replacing 19 graduated seniors, including 13 starters from last year\u2019s 8-3 team. \u201cWe\u2019ve been working with receivers on getting the timing down on our pass routes.\u201d Kasuba passed for 2,918 yards as a junior and 27 touchdowns. Keying his success will be the offensive line, led by Raccio. \u201cWe have three starters back (Luke Edmondson and Aniber Moras) and as a group we\u2019re coming along quickly,\u201d he said. \u201cThe young guys (Sam Kopatch and Mike Howell) know the system from freshman ball on up. It\u2019s a matter of getting the reps to fill the spots left by some great seniors.\u201d Gone from the receiving corps are Nick Weissauer, who caught 74 passes for 1,098 yards and seven scores,\u00a0 Sean Deegan, who had 40 catches for 912 yards and 11 touchdowns, Connor Cadrin and Zach White. \u201cWe are accepting the challenge of being a younger team,\u201d said Mixie, who will start in the defensive secondary and see time at wide receiver. \u201cAs a senior, it was up to us to get the kids in the weight room to get stronger.\u201d Pat Fitzgerald, David Enders, R.J. Balado and Cubbie Canelli will be Kasuba\u2019s main targets. Longley is the top returning receiver, and he\u2019s a running back. \u201cI\u2019m focusing on doing my job,\u201d said Longley, who had 11 catches for 125 yards to go with 581 yards rushing and five touchdowns. \u201cOur offensive line has made a lot of progress and is doing a very good job.\u201d Foran coach Jeff Bevino agreed about his team\u2019s o-line. \u201cThey have some great days, other times...They are young and capable. \u201cDefensively, we\u2019ll play Jordan Townsend, Robert Laggis and Andre Vella up front. \u201cDavid McLenithan is our defensive leader at inside linebacker with Noah Hubler and Howell. Colin Firmender and Mike Bevino will be the outside backers. \u201cJosh Mixie, Steve Lynch, Brett Huber and Sal Rosa will be in the secondary. \u201cWe\u2019re starting a lot of sophomores and yes, the speed of playing varsity is different. We\u2019ll be ready.\u201d Warde went 4-7 a season ago. The Mustangs boast a talented offense, led by quarterback Brandon Bisack (1,341 yards passing) and wide receiver Ryan Brown (35 catches, 537 yards, five touchdowns).