FROM LEFT: Row 1: Jacob Williams, Jordan Watson, Dalton Ishmael, Jady Snyder, Joel Swartz, Jacob Christensen Row 2: Gabe Delosreyes, Zach Stewart, Tyler Trumbull, Austin Lemley, Brandon Solly Row 3: Hank Mathes, Levi Newcomer, Jacob Pelton, Zach Meggit, Laine Bishop, Brody Naugle Row 4: William Griffith, Andrew Hollinger, Sean Watson, Rikko Phamakao, Kaleb Andrus
The Blade/Lori King
Coach: Dino Woodruff, fifth year
Last season: 3-7, 1-6 Midland Athletic League
Returning letter winners: 13
Returning starters: Offense 9, defense 10
Schemes: Pistol Wing-T/3-4
Top players: Seniors Dalton Ishmael, 6-1, 190, RB/LB; Jordan Watson, 6-1, 185, RB/LB; Jacob Williams, 5-10, 160, QB/S; Jady Snyder, 6-5, 280, OT/DT; Jacob Christensen, 5-8, 210, C; Tanner Straley, 5-10, 220, DT. Juniors Tyler Trumbull, 6-1, 200, OT; Brandon Solly, 5-8, 140, CB; Gabe Delosreyes, 5-6, 130, CB; Zach Stewart, 5-9, 210, G/LB.
Outlook: Based on their returning the bulk of last year's team, the Tigers should take a step forward if they can avoid a rash of injuries.
Ishmael rushed for 1,173 yards (6.9 average) and 20 touchdowns in 2011 when he was All-MAL first team. Watson is transitioning from quarterback to running back, where his talents will be better utilized. As the Tigers' best blocker, he will be called on to open running lanes for Ishmael. Watson is also an able defender, garnering all-league second-team honors as a linebacker. Replacing him at quarterback is Williams, the starting wing back last season.
Snyder is one of three returning starters on the offensive line. A fourth lineman, Stewart, was the fullback last year.
"We never had one game where we had all of our starters available," Woodruff said. "That was our biggest downfall. If we stay healthy, we'll compete with everybody, and you never know what can happen."
2012 NORTH BALTIMORE SCHEDULE
Aug. 24-at Holgate
Sept. 14-at Hopewell-Loudon
Sept. 21-at Mohawk
Sept. 28-Seneca East
Oct. 5-at Tiffin Calvert
Oct. 20-at Fremont St. Joseph