Row 1: Kris Boysel, Alec Vonier, Ty Suntken, Cesar Juarez, Axel Bueter, Aaron Schuette
Row 2: Nate Suntken, Dylan Schantz, Anthony Werder, Noah Castle, Caleb Andrews, Derek Rupp, Tabb Gype, Andrew Clausen, Clayton Peebles, Joshua Kauffman, Zac Robinson, Zach Johnson
Row 3: Jackson Sluder, Collin Siller, Luke Rychener, Ty Leininger, Mason Creager, Marcus Miller, Jac Flory, Alec Bost, Josh Whitcomb, Chris Gonzales, Jeremiah Kauffman, Danny Hench
Row 4: Clay Byers, Devon Jones, Dylan Clifford, Gage Banister, Jayvontah Lomas, Desmond Rapp, Tyler Wilson, Derek Schuette, Travis Adkins, Chase Reynolds, Brendan Wilson
Row 5: Mitchell Flint, Quincy Rhoda, Angel Juarez, Isaiah Solomon, Brandan Langwell, Dakota Valdez, Brendan Britsch, Joe Richer, Harley Little, Trey Malosh
Row 6: Brady Neifer, Gordy Winland, Ross Whipple, Jacob Raabe, Luke Grime, Orlando Uribes, Grant Suntken
Row 7: Coaches Don Parrish, Kyle Borton, Travis Cooper, Mike Webster, Ken Brandon, Dana Demaline
Not in photo: Spencer Clausen, Peyten Shadbolt, Jacob Newlove, Felipe Villanueva, coach JD Schnitkey
ABOUT THE TEAM
Coach: Travis Cooper, third year
Last season: 3-7, 3-5 NWOAL
Returning letter winners: 15
Returning starters: Offense 8, defense 9
Top players: Seniors Ty Suntken, 5-11, 185, QB-DB; Alec Vonier, 5-8, 188, OL-DL; Aaron Schuette, 6-0, 178, TE-LB; Cesar Juarez, 6-1, 220, OL-DL. Juniors Noah Castle, 6-4, 220, TE-DL; Zac Robinson, 5-11, 156, WR-DB; Anthony Werder, 6-1, 217, OL-DL.
Outlook: The Indians would like to make a significant jump in the NWOAL.
"Last year we took our lumps," Cooper said. "Finishing 3-7 was not fun. The biggest thing we’re missing is confidence."
There are plenty of reasons for to be encouraged with 15 returning letter winners headed by quarterback Suntken, who led the team with 16 TDs last year.
Suntken was the league's fourth-leading passer(95 of 203 for 1,087 yards, 8 TDs), and fifth-leading rusher (1,141 yards on 199 carries).
On the defensive side, the Indians have nine returning starters anchored by Schuette, Vonier and Juarez.
Aug. 30-at Fairview
Sep. 13-at Swanton
Sep. 27-Liberty Center
Oct. 4-at Bryan
Oct. 18-at Evergreen
Nov. 1-at Patrick Henry