Team photo from left:
Row 1: Ryan O'Hearn, DeShone Kizer, Zach Harmon
Row 2: Kaylin Hoskins, Paul Moses, Dominique Beckett, Justin Carter, Jonathan Boling, John Glover, Reed Calmes, Patrick Schommer, Dayton Copeland-Lee, Adam Meacham, Jared Fann, Ryan Roberts, Cody Gibbs, Grant Horlamus, Derich Weiland, Austin Horlamus, Reid Whitacre, Stephon Campbell
Row 3: Jermiah Braswell, Zachary Wambold, Tre'Sean Warren, Michael Minor, Dewin Bradley, Charles Smith, Chris Green, Cameron Best, Marcus Winters, Colin Kaucher, Jonathan Mitchell, Ryan Keister, Marwan Allen-Marsenburg, Jake Chmelovski, Tejuan James, Bailey Osborne, Ernest Wagner, Brock Quinlan
Row 4: Christian Ward, Ben Ziemkiewicz, Casey O'Rourke, Jon Plasencio, Jacob Nowak, Lucas Beauch, Matt Longeway, Jerry Moore, Amri Lewis, Anthony Smith, Jermaine Harris, Treí Smith, Kea'Shaun Phillips, Marcus Easterly, Arthur Greenlee, Brendan Zeiler, Jalen Daoust, Derek Branyan
Row 5: Jayson Cleghorn, Zach Hoover, Ian Meacham, Joe Dandino, Charlie McCartney, Kevin Hulett, Aaron Grau, J'Quan Fisher, Deion Greer, Ramone Miles, Darion Greer, De-Angelo Rollison, Connor Biddle, Kameron Howard, Richard Jackson, Bashaud Shabaa, Joshua Anderson, Sean Walker
Row 6: George Meyer, Tre'Von Wade, Scott Toland, Joel Jones, Jerryn Allen, Robert Gaston, DeJohn Dunlap-Truss, Drew Grombacher, Da'MonDre Marsenburg, Simeon Washington, Jordan Parker, Javian Martin, Bill Buehler, De'Aundre' Byrd, Joey Hardison, Kaden Keller, Sam Orians, Agapito Ruiz
Row 7: Eddie Washington, Aaron Campos, Nick Schommer, Josue Gomez, Antonio Jaramillo, Donavin Oliger, Keith Neal Row 8: Coaches Mike Padgett, Dan Fought, Chad McCarthy, Matt Bracken (trainer), Lauren Roe (trainer), Hayden Reamer, Chad Huntebrinker, head coach Greg Dempsey, Ryan Brown, Rob Rose, Jim Reilly, Mike Robinson, Nick Toth
ABOUT THE TEAM:
Coach: Greg Dempsey, 14th year
Last season: 14-1, 6-1 TRAC
Returning letter winners: 20
Returning starters: Offense 7, defense 4
Schemes: Multiple spread/odd front
Top players: Seniors DeShone Kizer, 6-5, 215, QB; Paul Moses, 5-11, 220, TB-LB; Derich Weiland, 5-9, 180, SB-CB; Zach Harmon, 6-4, 280, C; Marwan Marsenburg, 6-0, 250, OT-DE. Junior Chris Green, 6-1, 220, LB.
Outlook: The Irish enter 2013 riding high off their Division II state championship, and well-stocked for a run at a D-III title this year. Leading the way will be third-year QB Kizer (108-of-179 passing, 1,611 yards, 17 TDs, 2 INT; 63 rushes, 450 yards, 8 TDs), who committed to Notre Dame in June. Other offensive weapons include Moses (84 rushes, 601 yards, 14 TDs) and Weiland (36 catches, 496 yards, 9 TDs). Harmon and Marsenburg anchor the line.
With Moses and other experienced running backs, Central must fill the void left by Amir Edwards (now at Wayne State), who rushed 269 times for 1,777 yards and scored 30 TDs in 2012.
The biggest question mark comes on defense, where only four starters return. Green is one of Ohio’s top linebacking prospects, and will get experienced help on defense from Moses and Weiland.
Central has good team speed, is solid at the skill positions, and should be sound on the offensive line.
“We have a good number of starters and lettermen returning, and we also have some nice players off the JV TRAC championship team,” said Dempsey, 118-36 at Central. “We need to focus on working hard this season, and be ready to get everyone’s best effort every Friday night.”
CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHEDULE
Aug. 31-Warren De La Salle at Wayne State
Sep. 6-at Southview
Sep. 27-at Fremont Ross
Oct. 4-St. Francis
Oct. 18-at St. John's
Oct. 25-Lima Senior
Nov. 1-at Clay