Bryan Miller, Archbold head football coach, welcomes back 16 letterwinners from a squad that finished 8- 3, 6-2 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League last year.
Miller has compiled a 32-11 record in five seasons at the helm of the Blue Streaks.
“We return a third-year starting quarterback and center, which are obviously critical components of the offense,” said Miller.
“With that said, we do have a lack of depth on the offensive line. We are lacking in size and will usually be the smaller team on the field.
“We will be playing several players in new roles; it will take some time for them to get their feet wet.”
Of the 16 letterwinners, 11 were starters last year:
Evan Wyse, quarterback/ center, 153-255 passing, 2,446 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 917 yards rushing, 17 rushing TDs, Second Team All-NWOAL, Second Team All-District;
Jase Grosjean, wide receiver/ center, 14 catches, 328 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs, 41 tackles, 3 interceptions, Honorable Mention All-NWOAL;
Levi Wyse, wide receiver/ safety, 24 catches, 313 receiving yards, 4 receiving TDs, 365 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs, Honorable Mention All-NWOAL;
Lee Klinger, center/defensive lineman, Honorable Mention All-NWOAL;
Lincoln Parsley, wide receiver/safety/kicker, 35 catches, 655 yards receiving, 5 receiving TDs, 49 tackles, 2 interceptions, First Team All-NWOAL (Special Teams), First Team All-District, Honorable Mention All-Ohio, Second Team All- NWOAL (offense).
Other returning lettermen include Isaac Burkholder, Stephan Manahan, Zach Belknap, Logan Baynes (Honorable Mention All- NWOAL), Ethan Warncke, Skylar Gericke, Hayden Galvan, Travis Jaramillo (Honorable Mention All-NWOAL), Quinton Ranzau (Honorable Mention All-NWOAL), Jacob Wagner, and Brandon Goering (Honorable Mention All- NWOAL).
“Team speed will be a strength, as well as talent at our skill positions,” said Miller.
“We have a lot of experience in our secondary. Our kicking and return games will be solid.
“Our players put in a lot of hard work in the weight room this summer and have prepared themselves well for the upcoming season.”
Miller lost some key components to graduation, including wide receiver/defensive end Tyson Dietrich; wide receiver/defensive back Jay Miller; and leading tacklers Levi Gerig, Tyson Lersch, and Darin Sauder.
“As always, we will need to stay healthy and must have our young guys step into their new varsity roles,” said the coach.
Miller looks for his team to be competitive in every game this year, including in the NWOAL, but said Bryan is the team to beat.
Patrick Henry and Liberty Center will also be in the mix at the top of the league.
The Streaks open the season at Hicksville, Friday, Aug. 30.