FROM LEFT: Row 1: Ian Butler, Mitch Cochell, Amir Edwards, Jeff Dew. Row 2: Dewey Harmon, Elijah Morant, Micahel Anderson, Ben Njaim, Shayne Davis, Gary Easterly, Joe Solomon, John Kookoothe, Jonathan Balcerzak, Chandler Rygalski, J.R. Freeman, Jake Suder. Marion Bryan, Julian DeSantis, Sean Sullivan, Austin Herman, Evan Osborne, Justis Madrigal. Row 3: Marwan Marsenburg, Dominique Beckett, TeJuan James, Keith Towbridge, Jon Perrin, Jayme Thompson, Cedric Gray, DeShone Kizer, Dayton Copeland-Lee, Marquise Walker, Stephon Campbell, Paul Moses, Shawn Murrey, Reed Calmes, Justin Carter, John Glover, Keith Neal, Kevin O’Rourke. Row 4: Damien Washington, Timmy Heer, Amri Lewis, Reid Whitacre, Jonathan Mitchell, Jonathan Boling, Grant Horlamus, Zach Harmon, Cody Gibbs, Austin Horlamus, Ryan Roberts, Derich Weiland, Ryan O’Hearn, Adam Meacham, Jared Fann, Patrick Schommer, Michael Minor, Matthew Longeway. Row 5: Brock Quinlan, J’Quan Fisher, Nick Frisbee, Ramone Miles, Cameron Best, Jake Chemlovski, Lucas Beauch, Dewin Bradley, Michael Knapke, Tony Wagner, Trey Moran, Sam Pratt, Anthony Smith, Connor Biddle, Brandon Hensley, Casey O’Rourke, Todd Sanford. Row 6: Casino Stacker, Bailey Osborne, Todd Besteda, Christian Ward, Tre’Sean Warren, Zach Wambold, Chris Norwood-Green, Jermiah Braswell, Ryan Keister, Marcus Winters, Colin Kaucher, Jerry Moore, Jake Nowak, Jalontae Heard, Ben Ziemkiewicz, Michael Gregory.
Coach: Greg Dempsey, 12th year
Last season: 8-4, 5-2 TRAC
Returning letter winners: 15
Returning starters: Offense 8, defense 3
Schemes: Multiple spread/Multiple odd fronts
Top players: Seniors Amir Edwards, 5-11, 200, TB; Jayme Thompson, 6-2, 185, S; Keith Towbridge, 6-4, 250, TE; Jeff Dew, 6-3, 290, C; Jon Perrin, 6-0, 315, NT; Ian Butler, 6-0, 220, LB; Michael Anderson, 6-2, 200, WR; Cedric Gray, 5-7, 180, TB. Juniors DeShone Kizer, 6-5, 210, QB; Derich Weiland, 5-9, 180, SB.
Outlook: The Irish are loaded with returning experience at the skill positions, a group headed by Kizer (1,226 passing yards), Edwards (1,244 rushing yards, 23 TDs) and Towbridge on offense, and the Ohio State-bound Thompson (73 tackles) on defense.
Central Catholic was picked to place second in the TRAC, and its title hopes will depend greatly on the ability of the new defensive personnel to become effective starters. Under Dempsey (104-35 record) the Irish have made 10 of their 13 playoff appearances, including the past eight straight seasons. They were City League champions four consecutive years (2005-08), a run that began with a Division II state playoff title.
"We have good numbers and depth," Dempsey said. "We have good speed at skill positions on both sides of the ball. We need the inexperienced players on the offensive line and on defense to mature quickly. Hopefully we can stay focused and healthy, and compete for the TRAC title."
2012 CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHEDULE
Sep. 7-at Perrysburg
Sep. 14-at Clay
Sep. 28-at Fremont Ross
Oct. 5-at Lima Senior
Oct. 12-St. John's
Oct. 19-St. Francis at UT