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Row 1: Lukas Prentiss, Josh Kolasinski, Adam Noe, Logan Pinkelman, Stonie-Sutton Dewitt, Christian McCowan, Colton Walker, Garrett Woodbury, Patrick Natter, Travis Garlick, Jake Willeman
Row 2: Kade Sawyers, Garrett Willeman, Marty Nichols, Carl Bittinger, Spencer Carter, Kyle Brighton, Brett Smallman, Peyton Willeman, Luke Hohman, Jake Clay
Row 3: Riley Stasa, Noah Eisel, Tyler Coopshaw, Alex Laney, Josh Laux, Nick Etue, Dylan Komisarek, Levi Carson, Peyton Pawlaczyk, Ian Seabolt, Sam Williamson, Cole Johnson, Luke Simon.
Row 4: Mason Kasefang, Anthony Russell, Nick Simon, Jon Milliken, Drew Greene, Phoenix Van Ostrand, Gage Brown, Austin Cobb, Nate Krohn, Teagen Pinkelman, Tyler Noe, Jayden Adamczewski, Tony Wolfe, Mike Pupos, Herbie Bertz
ABOUT THE TEAM
Coach: Paul Amstutz, first year
Last season: 5-5, 4-4 NWOAL
Returning letter winners: 15
Returning starters: Offense 5, defense 5
Schemes: Multiple option/3-4
Top players: Seniors Logan Pinkelman, 6-3, 210, OL-DL; Patrick Natter, 5-9, 150, RB-DB; Stonie-Sutton DeWitt, 6-2, 195, RB-LB; Travis Garlic, 6-1, 175, TE-LB. Juniors Carl Bettinger, 5-7, 244, C-NG; Kyle Brighton, 6-0, 155, WR-DB; Luke Hohman, 5-9, 150, OL-LB; Marty Nichols, 6-1, 260, OL-DL. Sophomore Tyler Coopshaw, 6-1, 175, TE-LB.
Outlook: The Vikings are working with their fourth coach in four years.
Amstutz, whose coached for the last two years as a Liberty Center assistant under Rex Lingruen, hopes to build a mindset of stability and consistency.
"That's what we're trying to change," Amstutz said.
The 11 seniors are led by Pinkelman, DeWitt, Garlic and Natter. However, Amstutz will call on juniors Bettinger and Brighton, as well as sophomore Coopshaw.
Evergreen lost several key performers like quarterback Matt Taylor (1,088 rushing yards, 1,002 passing yards) to graduation, but the Vikings return their starting offensive and defensive lines.
Sep. 6-at Delta
Sep. 13-Liberty Center
Sep. 27-at Patrick Henry
Oct. 4-at Columbus Grove
Oct. 11-at Swanton
Oct. 25-at Montpelier