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FROM LEFT: Row 1: Michael Girona, Drake Johnson, Hunter Donald, Tom Rodgers, Jerome Griffin, Ryan Smoyer, AC Limes, Jacek Kuron, Nate Hackworth Row 2: John Weihl, Cole Gorski, Cody Halka, Jay Beardsley, Nate Podolak, Chad Kleman, Kris Flannigan, Josh Williams Row 3: Seth Rice, Austin Rohleder, Lance Roehl, Zach Schriber, Austin Heff linger, Cody Downs, Schylar Scherff, Dameon Nigh Row 4: Devon Gray, Collin Kitchen, Justin Giovanoli, Zack Downs, Logan Beardsley, Logan Hosley, Jordan Hendrix Row 5: Tyler Robertson, Donals Hardison, Zack Zuhlsdorf, Trent Soto, Riley Tercha, Trevor Toney, Drew Tiefke Row 6: Trainer Jen Maag, Noah West, Brennan Schall, Tyler West, Michael Hoiles, Zane Thomas, Robbie Lutz Row 7: Coaches - Ed Clayborn, Jeff Cullen, Charles Artino, Tom Ferdig, Scott Bylow, Barry Fox, head coach Erik Johnson


Coach: Erik Johnson, fourth year

Last season: 4-6, 2-5 NBC

Returning letter winners: 18

Returning starters: Offense 8, defense 6

Schemes: Spread/4-2-5

Top players: Seniors Ryan Smoyer 6-4, 200, QB; AC Limes, 6-4, 207, TE/LB; Nate Hackworth 6-2, 184, WR; Mike Girona 5-10, 218 G/DE; Drake Johnson, 5-1, 190 WR/DB; Hunter Donald 6-2, 230 OL/DL; Jacek Kuron 5-10, 235 OL/DL.

Outlook: Among 45 players for the Knghts, 14 are seniors.

"We have a good senior class that has a lot of Friday night experience," Johnson said. "We return eight starters on offense and have the potential to be pretty good there."

Smoyer earned All-NBC second team after completing 145 of 285 passes for 1,888 and 23 touchdowns. Hackworth was all-district and all-league first team after making 55 catches for 843 and 14 touchdowns. Limes earned All-NBC first team at tight end.

But Johnson said he needs to develop some depth.

"We need athletes to compete hard to fill holes on both sides of the ball," Johnson said. "We have quite a bit of varsity football experience coming back.

"If we can become more disciplined and consistent we will be competitive. We also need to develop depth at all positions."



Aug. 24-Evergreen

Aug. 31-at Scott

Sept. 7-Anthony Wayne

Sept. 14-at Rossford

Sept. 21-Fostoria

Sept. 28-at Genoa

Oct. 5-Woodmore

Oct. 12-at Eastwood

Oct. 19-Lake

Oct. 26-at Elmwood

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