Team photo from left:
Row 1: Brik Dauterman, Sebastian Baxter, Sawyer Haines, Aaron Arnold, Justin Krouse, Jacob Firsdon, Nolan Kerr, Jordan Sweet, Aaron West
Row 2: Ryan Aufdencamp, Dylan Benschoter, Austin Issacs, Nick Gillett, Devin Uzelac, Thomas Wagler, Keith Keeton, Brandon Palmer, Austin Jasso, Dylan Hall
Row 3: Josh Lorenzen, Kieran Adamski, Rob Bentley, Noah Smith, Brett Jones, Zach Baker, Keyon Camden, Philip Buckingham, Jordan Andrich, Tayte Lentz, Ryan Krouse
Row 4: Gage Rayle, Nate Uzelac, Branden Mercer, Josh Firsdon, Noah Baker, Jace Grossman, Calvin Thatcher, Andrew Arnold, Griffin Sperry, Luke Hagemyer, Jordan Thrash
Row 5: Noah Fouty, Nick Wiseman, Kyle Dibling, Levi Christiansan Dalton Merrit
Row 6: Coaches Dale Bernard, Adam Holcombe, Jason Shirkey, head coach Brian Cooper, Ryan Miser, Justin Schafer, Randy Lambert
ABOUT THE TEAM:
Coach: Brian Cooper, second year
Last season: 4-6, 2-5 NBC
Returning letter winners: 11
Returning starters: Offense 4, defense 4
Schemes: Pistol, Wing-T/Under
Top players: Seniors Aaron Arnold, 6-4, 180, WR-DB; Nolan Kerr. 5-10, 180, OL-DL; Justin Krouse, 6-3, 270, OL-DL; Sawyer Haines, 6-4, 230, TE-DL.
Outlook: Cooper is a former assistant at the University of Toledo (2009), along with stops at Swanton, Rossford, and Bryan.
He expects the Royals to make a big jump after posting back-to-back 4-6 seasons, including 2-5 marks in league play.
Cooper has 30 players, and looks for strong leadership from his nine seniors.
Haines earned All-NBC honorable mention at defensive end.
But Elmwood has inexperience at key positions, including the loss of the top two rushers and its quarterback from last season.
The last time the Royals won a league title was 2006 when they shared the Suburban Lakes League crown with Eastwood. Elmwood had won or shared three of four SLL titles from 2003-06.
“We had a great summer of learning the game and buying into our program,” Cooper said. “Our kids have a confidence that hasn’t been seen surrounding Elmwood football in a long time and they have set very attainable goals that probably were not even in the realm of conversation the last few years.”
Sep. 6-at Hopewell-Loudon
Sep. 13-North Baltimore
Sep. 27-at Otsego
Oct. 4-at Woodmore
Oct. 25-at Genoa
Nov. 1-at Rossford