The Subiaco Academy Trojans will take to the road to open the 2013 high school football season Friday. The Trojans will travel to Decatur. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

This is a Trojans football team with some good expectations. The team is hoping to be in the mix for a playoff spot when the regular season ends.

Subiaco returns six starters on each side of the ball from a 2012 squad that finished 6-4 and in sixth place in the 4-4A Conference. Last year, a lot of young players started, so there is some experience this season.

"We’ve got a lot of kids returning who have some experience," Subiaco head coach Mike Berry said recently. "We’ve got a really good junior class complimented by six seniors and a really good sophomore class."

Subiaco Academy is in something of a turn around mode after going winless in 2011, so the four-win 2012 campaign represented a serious improvement for the team.

Berry said that there were few surprises in pre-season practices.

"We were able to really evaluate these kids in the spring, so we knew what we were getting," Berry said. "Some of the kids we wanted to step up and they have. We’re not surprised, but pleased."

Berry is familiar with the Decatur Bulldogs. The two teams met in last year’s opening game with the Bulldogs, members of the 4-2A Conference, getting the short end of a 49-15 outcome.

"They had a really good sophomore class," Berry said. "They are counting on them a lot."

The Bulldogs finished 6-5 last season and earned a spot in the playoffs with a third place finished in the conference. They were eliminated after a first round, 54-21, loss to Murfreesboro.

The Bulldogs return four starters on offense and five on defense.

"It’ll be a challenge going to their place," Berry said.