Coach: Bill Inselmann, 22nd year
Last season: 10-3, 2-1 NWOAL
Returning letter winners: 18
Returning starters: Offense 6, defense 7
Top players: Seniors Jake Carrizales, 6-2, 222, OL-DE; Keith Palmer, 5-9, 180, C-LB; Gabe Jones, 6-0, 175, QB. Juniors Colt Pettit, 6-4, 245, OL-DL; Tobey Hernandez, 5-9, 175, RB-DB; Derek Hoops, 5-9, 158, WR-DB; Josh Petersen, 5-10, 170, TE-SS.
Outlook: The Patriots, runners-up last season, always look to contend for the league title. With 18 returning letter winners it looks like they will be in the mix again.
Patrick Henry has plenty of returners who contribute. Jones is an experienced playmaker who scored 13 touchdowns last season. Carrizales and Palmer, who were All-NWOAL first team choices, will be leaders. The Patriots have 35 players, including 11 seniors.
"We have the potential to be in the league race," said Inselmann, who is the longest tenured coach in the NWOAL with a 184-58 career record. "Staying injury free will be a big key."
2012 PATRICK HENRY SCHEDULE
Aug. 24-at Eastwood
Aug. 31-at Swanton
Sept. 14-Liberty Center
Sept. 21-at Evergreen
Oct. 5-at Bryan
Oct. 19-at Waynesfield-Goshen
Oct. 26-at Wauseon