Not Blade photo. Row 8: Coach Matt Daniels, Coach Mike Niedzwiecki, Coach Reggie Murphy, Coach Rick Rattay, Coach Corey Pargo, Coach Robert Taylor, Mr. Butch Welling, Greg Wobser, Ayami Sato. Row 7: Dick Anderson, Anthony Bronaugh, Sean Cordero, Dan Spence, Dan Blandford, Charles Awls, Garret Ward, Ben Schafer, Hunter Baum, Andrew Lewis, Chris Lepre, Eric Geer. Row 6: Larry Glover, Willie Richburg, Jacob Wymer, Nate Rose, Jonathan Friesner, A.J. Macino, Tyler Kratzman, Jacob Businger, Marcus Harper, Ben Uncapher, Ben Dubielak, Colin Pigott, Christian King. Row 5: Cameron Kaser, Max McCormick, Craig Mays, Eric Kibbey, T.J. Lake, Devon Garcia, Nolan Silberhorn, Michael Britsch, Sean Rattay, Denver Huntermark, Renzo Cordero, Keith Pace. Row 4: Makai Veasley, Louis Fuller, Matt Dominique, Isaac Lepow, Kevin Butson, Nick Brohl, Dominic Horvath, Pete Burkett, Colin Korte, Alex Gum, Alex Archer, Bryson Ritchie. Row 3: Grant Aughenbaugh, Eddie OÕReilly, Tim Sherman, Cole Jimerson, Sean Welling, Trevor Walsh, Evan Yoder, James Brown, Geno DeMarco, Joe Pool, Jacek Czerwinski, Ben Rubel. Row 2: Andre Tidwell, Ravon Adams, Terrence Harvey, Jordan Ramer, Ron Birchfield, Jimmy Papadimos, Colin Dinkins, Kyle Ramer, Isaiah Micham, Benito Perales, Vernon Hickman, Ian Michalak, Brett Adams. Row 1: Connor Lake, Jake Nachtrab, Matt Miller, Ifiok Umoh, Vincent Broadway, Brogran Roback, Coach Doug Pearson, Ben Eddingfield, Liam Allen, Mike Eddingfield, Nolan Mitchell, Tony Harper, John Labardee.
Last season: 7-3, 4-3 TRAC
Returning letter winners: 10
Returning starters: Offense 3, defense 2
Top players: Seniors Brogan Roback, 6-4, 190, QB; Matt Miller, 6-5, 255, OT-DE; Liam Allen, 5-10, 175, WR; Tony Harper, 6-4, 208, TE-LB; Jake Nachtrab, 6-3, 230, OT-DE.
Outlook: The Titans will rely on their large group of 23 seniors to lead the way toward contention in the TRAC. But, with starters returning at just five of 22 positions, and the loss of Division I All-Ohio first-team punter Brandon Smith, who was also an outstanding placekicker, climbing beyond the fourth-place spot they were projected at may prove difficult.
Miller is a Wisconsin recruit, Roback (1,645 passing yards, 14 TDs) has committed to Eastern Michigan, and Harper has chosen Pittsburgh.
Pearson (82-38 record with Titans) likes his team's work ethic, and points to a lack of depth on both lines, an inexperienced secondary, and the loss of Smith's kicking talent as possible trouble areas.
"We will play a lot of kids who have never started a varsity game," Pearson said. "We play an extremely difficult non-league schedule, so we have to grow up in a real hurry."
2012 ST. JOHN'S SCHEDULE
Aug. 24-at Cleveland Heights
Aug. 31-Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary
Sep. 7-at Hilliard Darby
Sep. 14-Fremont Ross
Sep. 28-at Lima Senior
Oct. 12-at Central Catholic
Oct. 19-at Findlay
Oct. 26-St. Francis