Nic Dorsey, 5-11, 175, sr., RB; first team All-CBC; 1,084 yards rushing and 12 TDs.
Max Niswonger, 6-0, 188, sr., RB/DB; first team All-CBC.
Noah Robinson, 6-0, 240, sr., OL.
Dalton Sexton, 6-4, 235, sr., OL.
Preston Shields, 6-1, 235, sr., QB; first team All-CBC.
Moss, an Urbana grad and longtime football assistant and girls basketball head coach, suffered a fatal heart attack last December.
Dorsey and Shields (436 yards passing and 7 TDs; 687 yards rushing and 9 TDs) are proven in the backfield. Niswonger had 40 solo tackles as a junior.
There are two schedule upgrades. Stebbins (1-9) and Greenville (2-8) of the Greater Western Ohio Conference have been replaced by visiting Meadowdale (4-6) of the Dayton City League in Week 2 and a CBC crossover trip at Bellefontaine (10-2) in Week 3. The Stebbins series was a leftover matchup from its time in the CBC.
An established CBC football power, Urbana has won 21 conference or divisional titles since 1976. Its most recent championship was the 7-3 team in 2014.
Urbana was a combined 51-4-1 in that five-year span, all under head coach Ray DeCola. That included a 12-1 season in 1983, which ended with a 14-9 loss to Elyria Catholic in the D-III (of five divisions) state championship at Ohio Stadium in a showdown of unbeatens. Greg Rogan was the go-to senior on that team following Jeff’s graduation the year before. Greg would find a home at Ohio Stadium, becoming a fixture in Ohio State’s defensive backfield.
Younger but bigger brother Patrick Rogan (1984-87) signed as a linebacker at OSU. According to Dayton Daily News archives, the three brothers combined for 12,489 career rushing yards and 1,348 points during their time as Hillclimbers. Beat that.
• Urbana was unbeaten in 1976 (10-0), ’77 (10-0) and ’79 (9-0-1) but couldn’t qualify for the postseason. That was the infancy of Ohio’s playoffs, which started in 1972. It took just two wins to capture a state title in that era and was limited to Class AAA, AA and A.
Week 1: Fri., Aug. 24 at London
Week 2: Fri., Aug. 31 MEADOWDALE
Week 3: Fri., Sept. 7 at Bellefontaine, ChampaignSportsAuthority.com
Week 4: Fri., Sept. 14 at Kenton Ridge
Week 5: Fri., Sept. 21 TECUMSEH, ChampaignSportsAuthority.com
Week 6: Fri., Sept. 28 at Northwestern
Week 7: Fri., Oct. 5 SPRINGFIELD SHAWNEE
Week 8: Fri., Oct. 12 at Graham, ChampaignSportsAuthority.com
Week 9: Fri., Oct. 19 INDIAN LAKE
Week 10: Fri., Oct. 26 BENJAMIN LOGAN