FROM LEFT: Row 1: Michael Deiter, Logan Bryer, David Nutter, Kyle Nutter, Jake Morris, Nick Keller, John Belsky, Nick Mortensen, Jake Young, Zach Roberts, Casey Gose, Max Reeder. Row 2: Lucas Apel, Nick Herrick, Cole Beck, Tyler Kwiatkowski, Quentin Spiess, Alex Hayes, Ryan Espinoza, Logan Scott, Tyler Rozek, Robert Roginski, Jacob Belcik, Garrett Etts. Row 3: Nick Wolfe, Louis Cutchall, Kyle Rozek, Jacob Wojciechowski, Trever Martin, Kyle Edwards, Jay Nino, Tyler Baird, Andrew Belcik, Cody Pickard, Blake Traver. Row 4: Sam Niefer, Alexander Brown, Michael Meng, Greg Jimerson, Kevin Harris, Solomon Mutchler, Tyler Stuck, Dakota Sparks, Zach Grodi, Trever Miller. Row 5: T.J. Baker, Zeke Herrera, Ethan Roberts, Michael Roberts, Damien D’Emilio, Dylan Witt, Austin Wise, Andrew Drummond, Logan Shamp, Brock Metcalf, Joe McLear. Row 6: Brennan Spiess, Mike Vicars, Randy Grosjean, Keith Traver, Tim Spiess, Kent Davis, Marek Spiess.
Last season: 10-2, 6-1 NBC
Returning letter winners: 23
Returning starters: Offense 4, defense 4
Schemes: Wing-T/Multiple 50
Top players: Seniors Kyle Nutter, 5-11, 216, RB/LB; Nick Keller, 6-0, 231, C/LB; Zach Roberts, 5-11, 192, RB/DL. Juniors Casey Gose, 5-9, 158, WR/DB; Michael Deiter, 6-4, 283, OL/DL; David Nutter, 5-11, 194, RB/LB; Logan Scott, 5-9, 168, QB/LB.
Outlook: Speiss, a longtime defensive coordinator for the Comets, takes over the reigns from former head coach Mike Vicars, who remains as offensive coordinator. Spiess inherits a squad with 36 players.
Seven seniors will lead the way for the Comets, who saw their string of league titles snapped at four straight last season.
Nutter is an All-Ohio first-team running back who has rushed for more than 3,400 yards in his career. He led the NBC last season in rushing (1,399 yards) and TDs (25).
Roberts, All-NBC first team as a defensive lineman last year, joins Nutter in the backfield. Deiter was all-league first team offensive tackle.
Keller was All-NBC first team at center and linebacker. Gose scored seven touchdowns.
Scott takes over at quarterback for Josh Bryer who threw for 1,032 yards in his senior season.
Spiess said the power running game and special teams should be strengths. But he said a lack of depth could be a possible trouble area.
"The Comets will be fast and physical," Spiess said. "In my 29 years, this is the most independent group of self-motivated workers I have ever been associated with. The team's potential lies within the hearts of our senior and junior classes."
2012 GENOA SCHEDULE
Aug. 24-at Ottawa Hills
Aug. 31-Oak Harbor
Sept. 7-Port Clinton
Sept. 14-at Fostoria
Oct. 5-at Elmwood
Oct. 12-at Woodmore
Oct. 26-at Eastwood