COACH: Chip Otten
YEARS AT SCHOOL: 6th, 64-11
LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 14-1 (7-1 MAC) (Division V state champions)
DIVISION: V, Region 18
RETURNING LETTERMEN: 16
RETURNING STARTERS: Brandon Forsthoefel (Sr., C); Mitch Clune (Sr., TE/OT/DE); Malave Bettinger (Sr., OT/DT); Aaron Harlamert (Sr., WR/CB); Kyle McKibben (WR); Kraig Schoenherr (WR); Chris Post (RB); Collin Seitz (Sr., LB).
PLAYER TO WATCH: Aaron Harlamert will start at wide receiver and cornerback. He was first team all-MAC at CB last year with three interceptions and seven deflections. He was also first team all-district and second team all-state. He’ll be a big key to the defense, as well as the offense.
TOP NEWCOMERS: Jack Hemmelgarn (Sr., QB); Andrew Gillum (Sr., DE); Cory Selhorst (Sr., DT); Tony Rammel (Sr., LB); Neal Muhlenkamp (Jr., WR/S); Dylan Thobe (Jr., UTIL).
OUTLOOK: Coldwater enters the year as the three-time Division V state champion. But the Cavaliers need to replace Division V state offensive player of the year quarterback Brody Hoying, who is playing defensive back at Eastern Michigan. But the Cavaliers return seven starters on offense, including second team all-MAC linemen C Forsthoefel and OT Bettinger. The defense has four starters back, including second team all-state DB Harlamert. Another void to fill is first team all-state DL Mitch Fullenkamp, the Division V state defensive player of the year. The Cavs have enough of the nucleus in place to keep their winning tradition on track. In the last 20 years under coaches John Reed and Chip Otten, the Cavaliers have gone 232-42 with 10 state finals appearances and five state titles.
Aug. 28`Kenton`7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4`Delphos Jefferson`7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11`Minster`7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18`at St. Henry`7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25`Anna`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2`at Parkway`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9`Marion Local`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16`at Versailles`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23`Delphos St. John’s`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30`at New Bremen`7:30 p.m.