(Statistics are 10-game totals from last year)
(6-0, 195, Senior)
Alexander was the Western Buckeye League’s offensive back of the year. He threw for 1,545 yards and 12 TDs. On the ground, he ran for 1,102 yards and 14 TDs. He was second in the WBL in rushing. He was first team all-WBL and second team all-district.
(6-6, 280, Senior)
Cupp is the driving force in the Leipsic offense. He originally committed to Michigan State, but Sparty pulled its scholarship when Cupp went to Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights. Cupp recently committed to Ohio State. He was the Blanchard Valley Conference’s offensive lineman of the year and was first team all-BVC, first team all-district and second team all-state.
(6-4, 185, Senior)
Flowers’ athletic ability is off the charts. Combine that with his sure hands and leaping ability, and he was almost impossible to stop last year. He had 61 receptions for 1,275 yards and 13 TDs. He was named first team all-TRAC and was the TRAC’s co-offensive player of the year. He was first team all-district and first team all-state. He was The Lima News’ offensive player of the year.
(6-1, 185, Senior)
Goecke was the engine in powering the Bearcats to the playoffs in their Wing-T, run-happy offense. He led the Northwest Conference in rushing with 1,407 yards and 26 TDs. He was first team all-NWC, first team all-district and second team all-state.
(6-0, 170, Senior)
In his first year at quarterback, all Gordon did was guide Lima Senior to its most wins (eight) since 1997 and its first playoff appearance since 1999. He threw for 2,749 yards with 34 TDs and only five interceptions. He was named first team all-TRAC, second team all-district and was named to The Lima News’ Dream Team.
(6-1, 220, Senior)
He was voted the No. 1 linebacker in the Northwest Conference last season. He had 104 tackles and 10 tackles for loss. He was first team all-NWC, first team all-district and special mention all-state.
(5-9, 165, Senior)
Defensive back/Running back
Lauck scored a total of 14 TDs last year, including one on a 99-yard interception return. A true threat to score when he touches the ball, he ran a 4.45 40 at the Ohio State camp. He rushed for 363 yards with six TDs and had 18 receptions for 302 yards with six TDs. On defense, he had 58 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass break ups. He was first team all-WBL and second team all-district.
(5-11, 175, Senior)
Nixon guided the Wildcats to the Division VI state championship. He threw for 2,089 yards with 22 TDs. He had only seven interceptions. He ran for 122 yards. In the Division VI state championship game, a 46-42 victory over Kirtland, he completed 26 of 41 for 417 yards and four TDs. He was second team all-MAC and honorable mention all-district.
Lima Central Catholic
(6-3, 195, Senior)
O’Connor was the driving force with his arm and legs in the T-Birds’ offense. He threw for 2,345 yards with 20 TDs and had only six interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 829 yards and 12 TDs. He was second team all-district.
(6-0, 175, Senior)
Unterbrink led a revamped Ottawa-Glandorf passing offense with 1,956 passing yards. He threw 20 TDs and had only six interceptions. He also ran for 508 yards and four TDs. He was second team all-WBL and second team all-district.
(6-0, 150, Junior)
Defensive back/running back
As a sophomore, he helped lead the Spartans’ secondary with 70 tackles and three interceptions. He’ll play running back and free safety this year. He was first team all-TRAC, first team all-district and third team all-state.
(6-0, 205, Senior)
Wilker has played a big part in the Flyers’ last three state titles. He even scored three TDs in the 2012 state title game as a freshman against Newark Catholic. In last year’s Division VII state title victory, 41-0 over Norwalk St. Paul, he had seven receptions for 108 yards and two TDs. On the year, he had 42 receptions for 763 yards and 16 TDs. He also ran for 110 yards and three TDs. He was first team all-MAC, first team all-district and first team all-state.