Team photo from left:
Row 1: Jay Smith, Joe Staudinger, Logan Davies, Jake Woodrum, Dillon Twining, Josh Pennington, Kyle Row, Anthony Ramirez, Jared Lutz, Keegen Mowrer, Curtis Hairabedian
Row 2: Nate Durkovic, Antonio Zapata, Nick Stencel, Tyler Dunbar, Jacob Davis, Cameron Young, Seth Huffman, Carlos Saenz, Chris Hatfield, Jadea Robinson
Row 3: Brock Belinske, Tyler Koester, Kyle Ellison, Austin Kochanski, Matt Stencel, Jeff Fouke, Joe Kiss, Joshua Harrison, Trenton Gast, Eric Kovacs, Kevin Witt
Row 4: Thomas Lopez, Jacob Slowikowski, Bryce Anderson, Sean Todd, Alan Teet, Ryan Fournier, Lorenzo Levally, Blaze Okey, Jose Sanchez, Michael Lee
Row 5: Noah Badenhop, Alec Kulwicki, Michael Ummel, Dustin Lee, Sean Pecina, Dalton Dudley, Aaron Seymour, Logan Chancey, Vanya Barron, Ben McCoy, Jaret Whitt
Row 6: Coach Jim Barron, Skylar Musselman, Aaron Faneuff, Izaac Bonilla, Chandler Cannon, Tyler Mildenberger, Steven Nguyen, Alec Thompson, Brandon Gyori, Mike Handy, Marcello McGorty, coach Troy McLaughlin
Row 7: Head coach Mike Lee, coaches Lou Bosh, Bill Fisher, John Galyas, Adam Laurell, Ryan Belinske, Jeff Lee, Alex Szigeti, Larry Folley, Matt Perry, Ryan Gutzky (trainer)
ABOUT THE TEAM:
Coach: Mike Lee, first year
Last season: 5-5, 3-4 TRAC
Returning letter winners: 20
Returning starters: Offense 6, defense 6
Schemes: Multiple spread/odd stack
Top players: Seniors Josh Pennington, 6-3, 190, QB-S; Kyle Row, 6-1, 165, WR-CB; Anthony Ramirez, 6-2, 185, WR-CB; Jared Lutz, 5-11, 250, OL-DL; Dillon Twining, 6-3, 250, OL-DL; Logan Davies, 5-11, 190, RB-LB; Michael Lee, 5-10, 185, RB-LB.
Outlook: The Eagles look to improve under Lee, a former successful head coach in the 1990s at Woodmore who returns to the area from Florida. Clay will rely on its experience at the offensive skill positions and line, and at linebacker. Overall, however, the Eagles lack depth and experience.
Pennington was 131 of 243 passing for 2,025 yards and 15 TDs, and Row had 43 catches for 723 yards.
“We’re still in the learning stages,” Lee said. “We’re expecting some good things, but it’s going to take time. It’s been a real good transition so far. I think we can compete.
“I’ve seen some film [from 2012], but not enough to see where we should be or can be. We have to stay away from injuries and take care of the ball, and hopefully we can make some things happen.”
Lee, who led Woodmore to three SLL titles (1995-97) and four playoff appearances in his six seasons there, was later an assistant for eight years at Fostoria, and seven more at Lake Wales, Fla.
Aug. 30-at Northview
Sep. 6-at Perrysburg
Sep. 27-at Whitmer
Oct. 4-St. John's
Oct. 11-at Fremont Ross
Oct. 18-Lima Senior
Oct. 25-St. Francis at UT
Nov. 1-Central Catholic