1. KENTON. Brent Fackler follows coaching legend Mike Mauk. Starting quarterback Trent Hites is a sophomore. But speedy receivers like Colyn Blackford (89 catches) and Kevin Stoller (77 catches) along with veteran linemen could make him look like a veteran.
2. WAPAKONETA. First-year coach Travis Moyer inherits a talented team ready to continue the winning ways of the last four years when the Redskins have gone 33-10, including 9-2 last year.
3. OTTAWA-GLANDORF. Titans will be trying to get back to the playoffs after an uncharacteristic absence last season when they went 6-4.
4. CELINA. A sound defense and the passing of Caleb Hoyng (1,631 yards, 13 TDs) are the knowns. One of the unknowns is the offensive line, which will have four first-year starters.
5. ELIDA. With 10 starters back on offense, the Bulldogs hope to improve on last year’s 5-5 season.
6. DEFIANCE. The Bulldogs have five starters back on each side of the ball from a 6-5 team. But finding replacements for QB Will Batt and receiver Trey Guilliam will be huge. Defiance got 82 percent of its offense in the air last season.
7. BATH. With Cam Jenkins (1,710 yards passing, 17 TDs), four starters on the offensive line and all of the offensive backfield returning, the Wildcats hope to improve on last season when they were ninth in the WBL in total offense.
8. SHAWNEE. The Indians have 12 starters back from last year’s 2-8 team, which could be a reason to expect better things this year.
9. ST. MARYS. Doug Frye returns to try to rebuild the Roughriders’ program. Numbers are up, but St. Marys hasn’t won a game since 2011.
10. VAN WERT. The hope is that young players who played as freshmen and sophomores have matured. The Cougars allowed a WBL-high 44.3 points a game last season.