High school football preview: Tri-County North Panthers

High school: Tri-County North Panthers

Division VI, Region 22

League: Cross County Conference

Head coach: Bill Derringer, 12th season at TC North, 74-41 record; 95-69 overall career record.

Assistant coaches: Eric Wright, Brad Statzer, Chris Hawk, Phillip Chatwood.

2014 record: 8-0, 10-1

2014 highlights: Won the CCC for the first time since 1994. First undefeated regular season since 1977. Won first playoff game. Colton Booth D-VI first team All-Ohio and Southwest District defensive player of the year.

5 key returners:

Garrett Woodyard, 6-1, 190, sr., RB/LB; first team All-CCC, 14 TDs.

Jordan Overcash, 5-11, 205, sr., OL/LB; 80 tackles.

Tanner Booth, 6-1, 190, jr., OL/DE; 46 tackles, 6 for loss.

Kyle Sykes, 6-0, 210, sr., OL

Logan Elmore, 5-7, 145, sr., RB/DB

Key newcomers:

Lane Gunder, 6-0, 200, sr., QB

Anthony Duncan, 6-3, 265, sr., OL/DL

Brandon Via, 5-9, 230, sr., OL/LB

Zack Edgin, 5-10, 160, jr., K

Josh McIntosh, 6-1, 275, sr., OL/DL

Chandler Sproles, 6-2, 215, so., OL/DE

Kyle Miller, 5-7, 145, sr., RB/DB

Dakota Dixion, 6-0, 220, so., OL/DL

Trey Kehr, 6-2, 170, jr., WR/DB

Colton Scott, 6-1, 175, sr., TE/LB

Coach’s comments: The strength of our team will be our offensive line, which has both starting guards and one tackle back. Also our new starting linemen should be players that were key subs last year with much experience. Lane Gunder should be our QB. He was fighting for the spot last year during preseason before sustaining an injury. He has a strong arm and is an accurate passer. Garrett Woodyard is bigger, stronger and faster when he lead our team in scoring with 14 touchdowns. Defensively, we lost many key players and lack experience in many positions. We return five starters on defense and will rely in their leadership to guide us.

Schedule:

Aug. 28, at Brookville, 7 p.m.

Sept. 4, at Ansonia, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 11, Arcanum, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18, at Mississinawa, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25, Bethel, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2, at Covington, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9, Troy Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16, Miami East, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23, at Twin Valley South, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30, National Trail, 7:30 p.m.

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