(WFXR) — For Patrick Henry football, the mission over the next few weeks is pretty simple.

“We’re just trying to build mental toughness and learn how to handle adversity,” head coach Alan Fiddler. “Because you know during a season you’re going to face adversity and how you handle it is how your season goes.”

Patriots head coach Alan Fiddler will have a deep team to face adversity this season. Patrick Henry is returning 17 starters from a squad that went 8-4 and won a playoff game during the fall of 2021. And among the returners is quarterback Joey Beasley.

“Joey brings a lot of leadership for us. (He) started as a sophomore last year and had a great season,” Fiddler said. “And got a really great group of seniors so were excited about everything.”

And among the new faces is former Northside QB Sidney Webb, expected to be a receiver for the Patriots this season.

“It always helps to have an experienced guy. He’s joining an experienced group,” Fiddler said. “That just gives us more depth, more playmakers. Guys that have done it in big time games.”

With an experienced team, Fiddler, who is entering his 12th season with the Patriots, is hoping build for the long term future of the program.

“We’re trying to build more depth with some of these younger guys,” Fiddler said. “We’ve got so many returners but then we got young kids coming up behind them so we need to build the depth with those guys and get them to where they’re ready to play games so we can get people off the field.”

The Patriots begin their season at home against Brookville on August 26.