COACH: Geron Stokes
YEARS AT SCHOOL: 3rd, 18-7
LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 12-3 (5-3 MAC), Division VI state champions
DIVISION: VII, Region 26
RETURNING STARTERS: Josh Nixon (Sr., QB); Bryce Schmiesing (Jr., WR); Jacob Dues (Sr., WB/DB); Peter Ranley (Sr., DE); Josh Otting (Sr., OL/DL); Derek Grieshop (Sr., OL); Jason Schultz (Sr., RB); Evan Huelsman (Sr., RB/LB); Chad Stoner (Sr., LB); Jared Thobe (Sr., DB); Jacob Stechschulte (Sr., DB); Sam Dues; Joe Trzaska.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Quarterback Josh Nixon is back after leading the Wildcats to a 46-42 victory over Kirtland in the Division VI state championship game. He threw for 417 yards and four TDs in the title game. In the regular season, he threw for 2,089 yards and 22 TDs. Overall, in the last two years, including the playoffs, he’s thrown for 5,706 yards and 58 TDs.
OUTLOOK: Minster should again have a fun offense to watch, with QB Nixon firing at two of his favorite targets from last year, WR Schmiesing and WR Dues. Gone is first team all-state TE Eli Wolf, had had 925 receiving yards and 11 TDs. Defensively, Minster returns its top two tacklers in Sam Dues and Joe Trzaska. The offense will power Minster to another successful playoff run.
Aug. 28`Fort Loramie`7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4`at Lehman Catholic, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11`at Coldwater`7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18`Marion Local`7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25`at Versailles`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2`Delphos St. John’s`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9`at Fort Recovery`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16`St. Henry`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23`at Anna`7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30`Parkway`7:30 p.m.