Strong senior class back for Panthers

By Max Householder -

The 2017 Delta coaches and training staff.

The 2017 Delta coaches and training staff.

Delta has a host of letter winners returning for the 2017 campaign.

Senior leadership is a key trait of the Delta Panthers in 2017.

Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

2017 Roster
18Logan Albring12K
23Jason Beverly12QB/S
17Tyson Cameron12RB/DB
2Travis Dunning12RB/LB
5Bowen Green12TE/DT
22Dylan Rogers12RB/LB
19Elliot Schneider12TE/LB
8Brandon Burkhart12RB/DE
62Dustin Cowden12OL/LB
30Haden Marquez12RB/DB
83Noah Tedrow12TE/DB
25Logan Echler11RB/MLB
50JD Osborn11OL/MLB
51Shawn Pedersen11QB/MLB
82Bransen Reynolds11TE/DE
58Dalton Richard11OL/DT
33Tristen Saeger11RB/DB
77Jose Arroyo11OL/DE
4Noah Druschel11RB/DB
63Brent Garmin11OL/DT
20Marquell Harrell11RB/DB
78Nate Kohlhofer11OL/DT
3Ashton O’Brien11WR/DB
66Skyler Shank11OL/DT
14Dawson Swicegood11QB/DB
9Chase Cooper10RB/DB
27Brian Przepiora10OL/DT
52Hunter Tresnan-Reighard10OL/DE
73Nate Jokinen10OL/DT
47Gavin Lotozinski10WR/MLB
86Caleb Barnes9TE/DT
55Mason Wyrostek9OL/DT
64Cody Widney9OL/LB
35Kai Fox9RB/MLB
48Darren Dunning9RB/DB
71Ty Osborn9OL/DT
13Nick Mazurowski9QB/DB
12Max Hoffman9RB/DB
81Blake Schalwecker9RB/DB
67Tony Lopez9OL/DT
72Juan Arriola9OL/DT
75Austin Michaels9OL/DT
85Joe Mena9RB/LB
74Sam Mena9OL/DT
26Tristan Hilton9RB/DB
6Chandler Seager9QB/DB

The Delta football team has 17 letter winners returning to help offset the 11 they lost to graduation, which should help them be a better team in 2017.

“We have a great group of seniors who are showing excellent leadership right now. But, overall we are young and inexperienced,” said head coach Jeff Wolford, who is entering his third season at the helm. “We just want to get better each week and this past summer was our best year for summer lifting and conditioning we have had. So we will be a stronger team than in the past. We have a brutal first five games but if we keep improving we can win any of them. Our goal is to take it one game at a time and improve each day. If we do that we should have a competitive team.”

Returning for the Panthers is Dustin Cowden who was second team All-NWOAL on the offensive line a year ago. They also get back honorable mention all-league performers Jason Beverly (DB/QB), Bowen Green (DT/TE), Elliot Schneider (TE/LB) and Nate Kohlhofer (T/DT).

Other returning letter winners are Tyson Cameron (RB/DB), Travis Dunning (RB), Dylan Rogers (FB/LB), Logan Echler (RB/LB), JD Osborn (G/LB), Dalton Richard (C/DT), Logan Albring (K), Tristan Saeger (RB/DB), Jose Arroyo (OT/DT) and Dawson Swicegood (DB/QB).

Wolford likes the makeup of his team, stating that they have great work ethic, are coachable, and they work together.

In addition, he is encouraged about the younger players on the roster.

“Our freshman class has a lot of great talent,” said Wolford. “We need to keep them together, and the seniors are doing a great job of teaching them. So the future looks bright.”

Among those newcomers who have a chance at contributing are sophomores Hunter Tresnan-Reighard, Brian Prezporia and Chase Cooper.

However, the Panther coach would like to have even more experience on the roster, despite having some decent numbers.

“Depth and numbers,” said Wolford when talking about his team’s biggest weakness going into the season. “We do have 49 out so far (and) that is a huge improvement, but still not where I want it to be.”

Wolford sees two teams at the forefront in terms of the league race, but expects others to compete as well.

“I see Liberty Center and Wauseon as the two favorites to win it all,” he said of the NWOAL. “Next I would think that Bryan will be right up there. They are headed in the right direction and they have great numbers and facilities. Patrick Henry will be good also. Then you have everyone else fighting it out. Anyone can beat anyone after the top three or four teams. Should be a interesting year once again.”

The Panthers finished 2-8 overall and 1-6 in league play last season, but with many key players back, look for them to improve on that mark this season.

Delta is at McComb this Friday, back on the road at Rogers Sept. 1, and hosts Tinora Sept. 8 in the first three weeks of the season. They open up NWOAL play on Sept. 15 at defending league champion Patrick Henry.

The 2017 Delta coaches and training staff. 2017 Delta coaches and training staff.

Delta has a host of letter winners returning for the 2017 campaign. has a host of letter winners returning for the 2017 campaign.

Senior leadership is a key trait of the Delta Panthers in 2017. leadership is a key trait of the Delta Panthers in 2017. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

By Max Householder

2017 Roster
No. Name Grade Position
18 Logan Albring 12 K
23 Jason Beverly 12 QB/S
17 Tyson Cameron 12 RB/DB
2 Travis Dunning 12 RB/LB
5 Bowen Green 12 TE/DT
22 Dylan Rogers 12 RB/LB
19 Elliot Schneider 12 TE/LB
8 Brandon Burkhart 12 RB/DE
62 Dustin Cowden 12 OL/LB
30 Haden Marquez 12 RB/DB
83 Noah Tedrow 12 TE/DB
25 Logan Echler 11 RB/MLB
50 JD Osborn 11 OL/MLB
51 Shawn Pedersen 11 QB/MLB
82 Bransen Reynolds 11 TE/DE
58 Dalton Richard 11 OL/DT
33 Tristen Saeger 11 RB/DB
77 Jose Arroyo 11 OL/DE
4 Noah Druschel 11 RB/DB
63 Brent Garmin 11 OL/DT
20 Marquell Harrell 11 RB/DB
78 Nate Kohlhofer 11 OL/DT
3 Ashton O’Brien 11 WR/DB
66 Skyler Shank 11 OL/DT
14 Dawson Swicegood 11 QB/DB
9 Chase Cooper 10 RB/DB
27 Brian Przepiora 10 OL/DT
52 Hunter Tresnan-Reighard 10 OL/DE
73 Nate Jokinen 10 OL/DT
47 Gavin Lotozinski 10 WR/MLB
86 Caleb Barnes 9 TE/DT
55 Mason Wyrostek 9 OL/DT
64 Cody Widney 9 OL/LB
35 Kai Fox 9 RB/MLB
48 Darren Dunning 9 RB/DB
71 Ty Osborn 9 OL/DT
13 Nick Mazurowski 9 QB/DB
12 Max Hoffman 9 RB/DB
81 Blake Schalwecker 9 RB/DB
67 Tony Lopez 9 OL/DT
72 Juan Arriola 9 OL/DT
75 Austin Michaels 9 OL/DT
85 Joe Mena 9 RB/LB
74 Sam Mena 9 OL/DT
26 Tristan Hilton 9 RB/DB
6 Chandler Seager 9 QB/DB

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010