Team photo from left:
Row 1: Adam Grimes, Zack Scarbrough, Brandon Simms, Joe Szymanski, Dakota Yeary, Kaleb Ash, Joe Craley, Jimmy Spychala
Row 2: Corey Bergquist, Jeremy Henneman, Dakota Wittenmyer, Elijah Kautz, Ben Huner, Zach Graven, Jordan Spellis, Alex Wagener, Evan Goyetche, Chad Neipp, Da'Sean Ray Row 3: Dalton Schardt, Austin Portillo, Khalid Henry, Diallo Lane, Steven Hill, Fred Scott, Darius Ray, Brian Autry, Exavier Ealy, Josh Smith
Row 4: Pete Fritz, Jacob Hart, Elliott Frankhouse, Justin Simms, Cahle Puhl, Adam Zonner, Jeff Goatley, Brian Utter, Joe Allard, Zak Mathias, Scott Durham
Row 5: Josiah Nolan, Austin Hazard, Braiden Glenn, Rhett Stevers, Brandon Jones, Courtland Drake, Dakota Franklin, Liam Johnson, Jacob Gibson, Isiah Khalfani
Row 6: Dr. Gary Gladieux (team physician), assistant coaches Anthony Torres, Bryant Hoffman, Marc O'Neill, Greg Silm, Adam Junga, Conrad Kolbow, head coach Marc Gibson, assistant coaches Cam Coutcher, Ken Walczak, Brian Buck, Ed Bombrys, Kurt McClurg (trainer) Not in photo: Frank Laranga
ABOUT THE TEAM:
Coach: Marc Gibson, first year
Last season: 6-4, 4-3 NLL
Returning letter winners: 19
Returning starters: Offense 2, defense 2
Top players: Seniors Jordan Spellis, 6-0, 205, QB\SS; Zach Graven, 6-2, 180, WR/FS; Zac Scarbrough 6-0, 305, DT/OT; Joe Szymanski, 6-2, 245, C/DE. Juniors Cahle Puhl, 5-10, 195, LB; Zak Mathias, 5-10, 170, WR/P.
Outlook: Gibson takes over for John Boles, the winningest coach in Maumee history. Boles coached 15 seasons (1998-2012), had a 86-73 record, and led the Panthers to six playoff appearances. He also guided the Panthers to the first playoff win in program history. Maumee captured two Northern Lakes League titles (2001 and 2009) under Boles.
Gibson coached at Clyde for the last eight years where he compiled a 70-22 record. He led the Fliers to six Sandusky Bay Conference championships and four playoff appearances. Gibson was the head coach at Sidney (2001-2004) and Brookville (1997-2000), and has a career record of 111-60 in 16 years.
The Panthers have 51 players including 19 seniors, but overall inexperience is a concern.
The team must replace from graduation the quarterback, leading rushers and top receivers.
“New, young, and inexperienced players will be counted on to contribute quickly,” he said.
Sep. 6-at Tiffin Columbian
Sep. 20-at Anthony Wayne
Oct. 4-at Napoleon
Oct. 18-at Springfield
Oct. 25-at Bowling Green