The Tigers run in last years state playoffs came to an end in a tough 10-7 loss to Newark Catholic. Coach Mark Holenka now entering his 13th season as head coach likes who he has back but also knows his team has work to do.

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Mark Holenka : ” Offensively I think the puzzle is in the right places but defensively I’m not sure the pieces are in the puzzle properly. “

The Tigers return several key contributors on offense like senior quarterback Rhys Francis heading into his third season as the starter he threw for more than 12-hundred yards with 10 total touchdowns last season.

All-Ohio running back Wyatt Reiman also returns after rushing for nearly a thousand yards and 13 touchdowns.

At the receiver, they return fellow senior Mason VanNest he had nearly 600 yards and five scores last season. Senior Cory Beckett will also figure into the passing attack along with Ben Wach .

Along the line, they return all-Ohioan senior Logan Crozier at the center. Senior Gage Joseph returns at guard with Jacob Brown. The tackles are seniors Ryan Florence and Kris Tsoras with junior Elijah Brock at tight end.

Mark Holenka – ” We’ve got nice team speed with these guys they are skilled players they understand the game so you know if things go well and we don’t screw up and don’t make mental mistakes then we’ve got a pretty good football team we’ve got to make sure we are focused and into the games.

Defensively Holenka is not as confident though he does return three linemen in Florence and Andrew Brown at the ends, and Joseph at tackle. Reiman returns at linebacker with Andrew Osman. In the secondary Francis returns at the corner with VanNest at safety.

Holenka – ” Im not sure about our aggressiveness yet we haven’t been able to hit except ourselves and depth is a big thing here right now. We need a scrimmage bad to find out just where our holes are at because right now it’s like cheese I just think we’re swiss cheese in certain places and we’ve got to brick it up.

The Tiger’s defense will get their first test next Friday when they host Martins Ferry to open the season.