Team photo from left:
Row 1: Hunter Topolski, Kim Jackson, Drew Gill, Yousef El Housami, Perry Burks, Berry Grant, Nate Hall, Ryan Stout, Nick Goatley, Michael Bronson, Scott Anderson, Griff McDonald, Kal Aridi, Merek Yevtich, Joe Zapeicki
Row 2: Jay Lawrence, Malik Lockett, Keiron Toyer, JJ Pinckney, Grant Wooddall
Row 3: Zale Goldstein, Daniel Barrett, Tre Simms, Tony Elekonich, JaQuan Bowers, Leon Eggleston, Keith Gilmore, Austin Filas, Nick Koelsch, Tyler Britton, Drew Steenrod, Myles Magnus, Sterling Tyler, Kurtis Parsons, Jacob Vassar
Row 4: Emmanuel Quinn, Alec Papa, Kaleb Koelsch, Keyan Marshall, Patrick Schroeder, Josh Garmon, Shaun Armstrong-Wilson, Tyler Warns, Tyler Wittman, Josh, Neill, Sam Stout, Blake Bain, Jake Liber, Andrew Kapela
Row 5: Hunter Daniels, Tony Dong, Ben Lockett, Corey Anderson, John Malak, Christian Hollowell, Ian Montgomery, Cody Schroeder
Row 6: Coaches Scott Carver, Sonny Paluch, Phil Demars, Kevin Stout, Leon Eggleston, head coach Jim Mayzes, Todd Smith, Josh Mulinix, Bryson Myer, Chris Etts
ABOUT THE TEAM:
Coach: Jim Mayzes, 20th year
Last season: 6-4, 5-2 NLL
Returning letter winners: 27
Returning starters: offense 5, defense 8
Top players: Seniors J.J Pinckney, 6-4, 180, WR/S; Nate Hall, 6-3, 205, WR/S; Perry Burks, 6-3, 175, WR/DB; Malcolm Johnson, 5-8, 160, RB/DB; Ryan Stout, 6-6, 260, OT/DE; Berry Grant, 6-0, 235, C/DL; Michael Bronson, 6-1, 215, G/DL; Hunter Topolski, 5-10, 240, OL/DL; Malik Lockett, 5-8, 180, RB/LB; Griff McDonald, 6-0, 195, QB. Juniors Myles Magnus, 5-11, 215, LB; Leon Eggleston, 6-0, 192, WR/LB; Tre Simms, 5-11, 160 WR/DB; Keith Gilmore, 5-6, 159, RB/DB.
Outlook: Good team speed should once again be the hallmark of the Cougars. Southview also is bigger this year, but depth along the lines is a definite concern.
McDonald is battling with Gilmore and sophomore Sam Stout (6-1) for the bulk of the snaps at quarterback but Mayzes said he expects all three to play.
Stout, Grant, and Topolski all started on the line last year and are among eight players that saw significant action on defense last year. Stout has committed to play at Cincinnati.
Hall, who had 53 tackles last season and was named All-NLL second team, has been recruited to play at Northwestern.
Hall and Pinckney, who had 32 catches for 388 yards (12.1 per reception), are four-year starters. Simms looks to make an impact after transferring from Whitmer.
Mayzes said the program’s consistent success is directly related to a coaching staff that has been together for a long time, including Kevin Schmidt and former Springfield coach Phil DeMars.
“We have a real cohesive coaching staff,” he said.
Mayzes said his team faces a gauntlet in the nonleague schedule with games against St. Francis, Central, and Findlay.
Aug. 30-St. Francis at UT
Sep. 6-Central Catholic
Sep. 13-at Findlay
Sep. 20-at Springfield
Sep. 27-Anthony Wayne
Oct. 11-at Maumee
Oct. 18-at Bowling Green