PAULDING — Tyler Arend amassed a 5-35 record in his four years as Paulding head football coach. He has high hopes to begin a turnaround in 2019.
“We feel we have more depth on this year’s team and more skill position depth since we’ve been here. This team started to gain confidence as we had more success the second half of last season,” Arend said. “We hope to carry that over to 2019. We will have some great competition within the team, so we can push ourselves and make us better.”
Leading the way in the Panthers’ power spread offense are letterwinners Jacob King (5-10, 225, senior) at fullback (68 rushes, 276 yards, 7 touchdowns), all-Northwest Conference running back Jacob Deisler (5-9, 185, senior; 168 carries, 850 yards, 9 TDs), all-NWC lineman Cole Mabis (6-0, 175, senior), Nolan Jackson (6-2, 295, junior) and Quintin Gonzales (6-1, 200, junior), halfback Fernando Garcia (5-7, 175, junior; 32 rushes, 149 yards, 1 TD), quarterback Deyton Beckman (6-3, 175, junior; 56 of 114 passing, 844 yards, 7 TDs, 13 picks), wide receivers Brandon Jackson (5-8, 145, senior) and Caleb Manz (6-2, 160, junior) and tight end Riley Coil (6-2, 205, senior)
Also back is senior kicker Evan Edwards (5-8, 155; 22 of 24 extra points).
Amongst promising newcomers are the likes of senior wide receiver Owen Carnahan (6-5, 150) and linemen Brendan Harnish (6-2, 280, junior) and Will Bulka (6-2, 243, junior).
Key players lost were wideout Hunter Kisler (52 catches, 876 yards, 7 TDs), receiver Drew Lumpkins (17 receptions, 233 yards, 1 TD) and linemen Ethan Marty (all-NWC), Juiran Skiffer and Cory Adams.
“Our weakness is we will have some inexperience at wide receiver, since we lost a couple of key players, but we feel we have some guys ready to step up. We also need some offensive linemen to step up,” Arend said.
Back to the 3-4 defense are the likes of Marty (20 solos, 7 assists), King (20 solos, 4 assists) and Garcia (11 solos) up front, all-NWC linebacker Deisler (42 solos, 31 assists) and Coil and Lumpkins (60 solo tackles, 21 assists) in the secondary.
Seeking open spots are Harnish, Bulka and Preston Hull (5-11, 150, junior) up front, Sam Woods (5-11, 185, sophomore) at linebacker and defensive backs Seth Dysinger (6-1, 180, senior), Adrian Manz (5-8, 150, junior) and Hunter Kauser (5-8, 138, junior).
“We feel 2019 can be a special season. We have a great group of upperclassmen, and they work well together, making this a fun group,” Arend said. “If we can focus on working every day, this could be special.
“The NWC is one of the best in northwest Ohio and it’s a grind from top to bottom. We look forward to the NWC but know we have to focus every week.”