Western Buckeye League forecast


By Jim Naveau - jnaveau@limanews.com



1. Wapakoneta. The Redskins have 10 starters back from last year’s team that shared the WBL title with St. Marys and Ottawa-Glandorf. They have won 42 games in the last four years.

2. St. Marys. The Roughriders will have to replace two 1,000 yard rushers and their starting quarterback. But they have returning first-team All-WBL players in offensive tackle Garrett Lauth, defensive lineman Reed Aller and linebacker Austin Giesige.

3. Elida. With quarterback Isaac McAdams (2,376 yards, 27 TDs) and Cole Harmon (38 catches, 582 yards, 9 TDs) and quite a few other experienced players back, the Bulldogs hope to improve on last season’s 6-4 record.

4. Ottawa-Glandorf. The Titans’ biggest question is how will second-team All-Ohio quarterback Jay Kaufman’s season-ending knee injury impact the season.

5. Kenton. The Wildcats have 10 returning starters back from last year’s 5-5 team. Hunter Moore (55 catches, 808 yards) leads four senior receivers. Jaron Sharp will be the quarterback.

6. Celina. The Bulldogs will switch to a spread offense after using quarterback Brett Schwieterman (921 yards rushing, 466 yards passing) mainly as a runner last year.

7. Defiance. Quarterback Javen Newton threw for 983 yards and rushed for 314 yards as a sophomore. The Bulldogs are hoping he takes the next step this season.

8. Bath. The Wildcats have four returning starters and need to replace some of their most productive offensive players.

9. Van Wert. The Cougars will try to break into the win column again with 13 lettermen back from last year’s 0-10 team. Depth could be a question mark.

10. Shawnee. The good number for the Indians is they have 22 returning lettermen. The bad number is they allowed 39 points a game last season.

By Jim Naveau

jnaveau@limanews.com

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