FROM LEFT: Row 1: Mason McCoy, Charles Ross, Justin William, Donell Fowlkes, Saul Gilmore, Milton Roberts, Chris Austin, Reggie Murphy, Taylor McLane, Anthony Smith, Solomon Ijilack Row 2: Joshua Faulkes, Devante Russell, Duane Smith, Brandon Cruz, Jalen Phelps, Rashaan Mitchell, Josh Taliaferro, Dominic Jones, Eric Hoskins, Edward Stokes Row 3: Mike Lipkins, Keon Rayford, Aron Brooks, Kurtis Jeffrey, Michael Huston, Robert Overton Row 4: Keandre Gilmer, Charles Stuart, Anthony Amison, Michael Bishop Jr., Dimitri Anderson, Terrell Mack, Ryan Czajka Row 5: Michael Allen, Davon Lewis, Kyle Highsmith, Milton Tucker, Peter Thompson, Aaron Hilyard, Jacob Hayward, Taron Bates, Deon Oglesby
THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH
Coach: Keith Dawson, first year
Last season: 5-5, 5-0 CL
Returning letter winners: 23
Returning starters: Offense 3, defense 7
Top players: Seniors Keandre Gilmer, 6-0, 188, LB; Milton Roberts, 5-11, 175, WR-DB; Jalon Phelps, 6-0, 182, LB-TE; Dominic Jones, 6-2, 170; Joshua Taliaferro, 6-1, 165, WR-DB; Saul Gilmore, 6-2, 185, OL-DL.
Outlook: Rogers is locked in on trying to repeat as the City League champion. The Rams' new coach takes over a talented team that is a favorite to win it all.
Taliaferro returns as one of the top skill players in the area. He hauled in 19 passes for 422 yards and scored six touchdowns last year.
Jones is being handed control of the offense, while Roberts is also expected to be a playmaker.
The Rams' concerns are a lack of experience on the offensive and defensive lines. However, with a team led by 17 seniors, Dawson believes he will see continual improvement.
"The team will continue to improve on chemistry between the players," Dawson said. "The team has a desire to learn and they're dedicated to continue to improve. Our strengths are we are quick and agile and they have great attitudes."
2012 ROGERS SCHEDULE
Aug. 24-Highland Park (Mich.)
Aug. 31-at Fairfield
Sept. 7-at Northland
Sept. 14-St. Charles
Sept. 21-John Hay
Sept. 28-at Waite
Oct. 18-at Bowsher