HEAD COACH: Mike Moser, 6th year, 28-24

LAST YEAR: 4-5

POSTSEASON: Division V, Region 17

RETURNING LETTERMEN (15)

Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Yr.

Chris Perme, RB/DB, 5-6, 140, Jr.

Browder Sommer, WR/DB, 5-11, 160, Sr.

Jared Simon, RB/DB, 6-2, 170, Jr.

Joey Ewell, QB/DB, 5-8, 185, Sr.

Austin Lysiak, QB/RB/DB, 6-1, 180, So. 

Jarrod Peters, RB/LB, 6-0, 210, Jr. 

Connor Hrubik, RB/DB, 5-11, 170, Jr.

Sam Biltz, TE/DE, 5-10, 200, Sr. 

Devyn Penna, RB/DB, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Noah Baker, RB/DE, 6-0, 205, So. 

Austin Yancey, OL/DL, 5-9, 185, Sr. 

CJ Gage, OL/LB, 5-9, 175, Sr.

Garrett Eberly, OL/DL, 6-1, 265, Jr.

Ethan Roman, OL/DL, 6-0, 260, Sr. 

Dylan Wilson, OL/DL, 6-5, 240, Sr. 

IMPACT PLAYERS: Left tackle Dylan Wilson brings unusual quickness for a 6-5 offensive lineman. Indeed, he ran a 4.9 40-yard dash this summer, according to Moser. That’s the kind of thing that has started to net Wilson attention from colleges, including his first offer. … Watch out for sophomore Austin Lysiak, who will play outside linebacker and get carries at the running back position. … The G-Men are excited about Devyn Penna, who should complement Jarrod Peters’ strong, downhill style with his speed. "He’s kind of our lightning guy," Moser said. "He’s another kid that every time he touches the ball, we always expect big things out of him." ... The G-Men have nice size up and down the line, including 6-1, 265-pound Garrett Eberly and 6-0, 260-pound Ethan Roman. Meanwhile, lineman Austin Yancey’s speed makes him an intriguing weapon.

WHAT'S NEW: It’s easy to take a great kicker for granted. For years, the G-Men benefitted from having Zach Gorby. With Gorby, extra points and kickoffs were something Garfield didn’t have to think much about. With Gorby’s graduation, the G-Men are turning to running back and linebacker Jarrod Peters to handle the kicking game. Peters had experience kicking as a freshman on JV. … Speaking of big shoes to fill, Jared Simon, Browder Sommer, Connor Hrubik (who played all 10 games at safety last year) and Chris Perme will help fill the void in the secondary left by Anthony DeNigris and Ryan Brown. While it’s nearly impossible to replace athletes like DeNigris and Brown, it helps having four letter-winners ready to step in and start. … Austin Armstrong, in his first year in Garrettsville, is a promising tight end and defensive end with his 6-4, 210-pound frame. … With Brown, the linchpin of the Garfield offense last year, graduated, the G-Men will likely rely on three quarterbacks: Joey Ewell, Austin Lysiak and Brody Swigonski. Given the unique nature of the Garfield offense, all three could end up throwing the ball, per Moser. … Joining Roman, Wilson and Noah Hoffman on the defensive line, sophomore Noah Baker could be in for a breakout year, and all will be kept fresh as the G-Men "think we can play six to eight guys up there on a Friday night," according to Moser.

OUTLOOK: In some ways, this year’s G-Men resemble last year’s squad. They once again are stacked on the line, led by the 6-5 Dylan Wilson. Garfield is bringing back, for a second straight year, a complex offensive scheme that is one-third Wing T, one-third Wildcat and one-third dual quarterback. The G-Men will rely on a stable of running backs once more, including the hard-to-bring-down Jarrod Peters. Amidst strong senior experience, there is plenty of new with freshmen and sophomores comprising roughly 65 percent of the roster — and several ready to hit the gridiron right away. A largely young team will learn against top-notch competition as all five of the G-Men’s road games come against teams that made the postseason last year.

Jonah Rosenblum