HEAD COACH: Levi Nelson, first year

LAST YEAR: 0-10, 0-7 PTC Metro Division

POSTSEASON: Division IV, Region 13

RETURNING LETTERMEN (11)

Name, Pos, Yr.

Evan Reinhart, RB/LB, Jr.

Caden Contant, WR/LB, Soph.

Jordan Hopkins, OL/DL, Jr.

Joe Boarman, K, Sr.

Dallas McAmis, QB/WR/LB, So.

Garrett Devries, OL/LB, Sr.

Chris Culbertson, WR/DB, Jr.

Zavier Smith, Slot/DB, Jr.

Jordan Guthier, OL/DL, Jr.

Nick Dopkosky, Slot/DB, So.

Michael Schmidt, OL/LB, So.

IMPACT PLAYERS: Last year was a bitter struggle for the Falcons, but one player who proved consistently tough to tackle was Evan Reinhart. Before suffering an injury midway through the 2017 season, Reinhart reeled off several powerful, punishing runs. He's now healthy and stronger then ever heading into his junior season. … Senior Carter Baumberger did not play football last season, but has quickly evolved into a leader on this year's Falcons squad. He's competing with promising sophomore Dallas McAmis for the starting quarterback spot, and will also see time in the slot on offense. … Junior Jordan Hopkins has emerged as the leader of an offensive line that still had several positions open late in camp. … Hopkins will also anchor the defensive line, while Reinhart leads the linebacking corps and Baumberger paces the secondary. Coaches have also been pleased with the play and leadership of sophomore linebacker Caden Contant.

WHAT'S NEW: First-year head coach Levi Nelson has brought a new philosophy to the program that applies to both football and life. "We call it the 'LEAD' philosophy — love, effort, attitude and discipline," he said. "It's something we continuously talk about here. I think the basis of everything is caring about people. When you really care about somebody, you're going to go hard for them. No. 2 is focusing on what we can control — effort and attitude. Here we really try to focus on positivity — a relentless, crazy amount of positivity — and we try to work hard. Last is discipline, and we're still not there yet. As a man, I'm still not there yet with discipline. It's something that we work on each and every single day." … The offense and defense will also be new this season, although Nelson chose not to divulge his schemes on either side. "I'm just telling everybody who asks (about the Falcons offense and defense) to come check out a Field football game. We'll sell you the whole seat, but you're only going to need the edge of it."

OUTLOOK: Nelson is Field's fourth coach in four years, and the 2018 squad only includes four seniors, so it's difficult to envision a huge leap up the PTC Metro Division standings this season. He has been thrilled with the effort and character his Falcons have displayed since taking over the program, but is still learning about them as players. "If I was talking about all-character teams, I could go on and on and on. Now it's time to see who makes plays on the football field," he said. … The Falcons lost every game by 22 points or more last year, so becoming competitive on a fairly consistent basis would be a major step forward this year. "Every team we play is going to give us all we can handle," said Nelson. "As a coaching staff, we'll just focus on preparing every single day to give our guys the best opportunity to win football games."

Allen Moff