Row 1: Jeremiah Lewis, Gabe Bigelow, Caleb Wells, Mike Norman, Brandon Eldred, Caleb Wotring, Matt Brumbaugh, Kyle Kempton, Brett Freeman
Row 2: Larry Burkhardt, Ted Watts, John Hunter, Caleb Johnson, Jeff Lewis, Tony Hunter, Josh Graham, Michael Geis Taylor Weghorst
Row 3: Austin Miller, Nate Ward, Kyle Brindley, Noah Harter, Austin Ritsema, Doug Rhine, Carson Valigasky, Isaac Urban, Adam Meiring
Row 4: Athletic trainer Derek Koester, Don Dressel, Brett Brumbaugh, Gary Jennings, head coach Craig Willis, Andrew Skeels, Eli Rhine, Mike Geis
ABOUT THE TEAM
Coach: Craig Willis, first year
Last season: 4-6, 3-4 TAAC
Returning letter winners: 13
Returning starters: Offense 7, defense 5
Top players: Seniors Austin Salsbury, 6-2, 175, WR-DB; Branden Eldred, 5-10, 170, WR. Juniors Caleb Wotring, 5-10, 165, RB-DB; Brett Freeman, 6-0, 200, QB-LB; Matt Brunbaugh, 6-0, 165, WR. Sophomores Caleb Johnson, 5-9, 190, OL-LB; Noah Harder, 5-10, 190, OL-LB.
Outlook: With Willis taking over just before two-a-days, the Eagles will have to adjust quickly to new leadership. Former coach Scott Gibson stepped down after an administrative promotion. But the schemes will not change, the rest of the staff is in place, and starters return in 12 positions.
Only two of the 30 players are seniors, and the Eagles are small overall. But they expect to be solid at the skill positions, and the offensive line should also be a strength.
“We had a good core of guys working this offseason,” Willis said. “This year we will depend on our two seniors for leadership, and our young guys to step up.”
TOLEDO CHRISTIAN SCHEDULE
Aug. 30-at Delta
Sep. 7-Woodward at Bowsher
Sep. 13-at Hopewell-Loudon
Sep. 20-at Hilltop
Sep. 27-Cardinal Stritch at Clay
Oct. 4-Danbury at Perrysburg
Oct. 11-Gibsonburg at Springfield
Oct. 18-at Northwood
Oct. 25-at Edon
Oct. 31-Ottawa Hills at Springfield
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