HEAD COACH: Brian Palmer, second year, 0-10
LAST YEAR: 0-10
POSTSEASON: Division VII, Region 25
RETURNING LETTERMEN (10)
Name, Pos, Ht, Wt, Yr.
Matt Byrd, FB-LB, 6-1, 210, Soph.
Aaron Court, OL-DL, 6-0, 190, Jr.
Noah Dennis, OL/DL, 5-11, 325, Jr.
Jake Fullerton, WR-DB, 6-0, 180, Sr.
Josh Hammond, OL-DL, 6-0, 285, Sr.
Dylon Johnson, WR-DB, 6-1, 140, Soph.
Leo McElwain, WR-DB, 5-10, 105, Soph.
Zane Peterson, QB-LB, 5-11, 155, Jr.
Carson Rouse, WR-DL, 6-0, 180, Jr.
Donovan Seruch, OL-LB, 5-11, 205 Jr.
IMPACT PLAYERS: Zane Peterson has combined acumen, athleticism and work ethic to become a steady quarterback and dependable linebacker. His passing skill and accuracy improved during the last season and he also was one of the better tacklers on the defensive unit. … Jake Fullerton was a consistent offensive weapon last season. … Matt Byrd has the size to be a powerful inside running threat. … Josh Hammond, one of the bigger linemen, brings technique, physicalness and leadership to undersized position groups.
WHAT'S NEW: On a team featuring an extremely small roster (16 players), five freshmen are expected to contribute immediately. … Running backs Elijah Frederick and Noah Frederick, a pair of twins, bring an added speed dimension to the position, something the Trojans haven't experienced since Nate Martin played. … Austin Haas, another ninth-grader, has been first crack at center. … Zach Ruzak, the fourth freshman, is in the mix to complement Jake Fullerton at wideout and also see action at safety. … Nikko Amabeli, the fifth ninth-grader, is being groomed to start on both lines.
OUTLOOK: Playing in a deep Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference headed by McDonald, Springfield Local and Western Reserve, and opening against Windham, a postseason team with the majority of its personnel returning, Sebring will face another difficult challenge this season, especially with a small roster which includes five freshmen. The returning players have added muscle mass, making them physically stronger to handle the demands playing both ways. With an experienced quarterback and two speedy running backs, the Trojans could run a more wide-open offense this season. With improved physical conditioning focusing on more flexibility and explosiveness, and an improved mental toughness, Sebring hopes to cut down on the amount of mistakes which proved costly last season.