Panthers comfortable in underdog role

By Max Householder - [email protected]

The 2018 Delta coaching staff.

The 2018 Delta coaching staff.

Delta has 14 seniors returning for the upcoming season.

The 2018 Delta football team.

Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

2018 Roster
77Jose Arroyo12OL/DE
66Derek Berger12OL/DL
5Seth Burres12TE/DE
81Tyler Collins12WR/DB
4Noah Druschel12RB/DB
25Logan Echler12RB/LB
63Brent Garmenn12OL/DT
78Nate Kohlhofer12OL/DT
7Tyler McCullough12K/DB
3Ashton O’Brien12WR/DB
32JD Osborn12OL/LB
58Dalton Richard12OL/DT
33Tristan Saeger12RB/DB
14Dawson Swicegood12QB/DB
52Hunter Tresnan-Reighard11OL/DE
8Robert Boulton11WR/DB
73Nate Jokinen11OL/DT
57Bryce Orzechowski11OL/DT
62Trevor Wittes11OL/DL
86Kaleb Barnes10TE/DT
48Darren Dunning10RB/DB
43Kai Fox10RB/LB
12Max Hoffman10RB/DB
13Nick Mazurowski10QB/DB
75Austin Michael10OL/DT
85Ty Osborn10TE/DE
20Blake Schalwecker10RB/DB
26Chandler Saeger10QB/DB
64Cody Widney10OL/LB
55Mason Wyrostek10OL/DT
22Shawn Cook9RB/DB
24Dakota Davis9RB/DB
71Daniel Gutierrez9OL/DT
9Ryan Helton9RB/DB
74Austin Kohlhofer9OL/DT
52Evan Perry9OL/LB
82Rollin Robinson9OL/DL
17Evan Salser9RB/DB
59Brenden Sheely9OL/DL
65Zane Shindorf9OL/DL
18Kalvin Tenney9QB/DB
23Josh Tresnan-Reighard9QB/DB

After a disappointing end to the 2017 season, Delta coach Jeff Wolford was expecting his team to be looked down upon by their peers. That was evident earlier this month when they were picked to finish last in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League by the rest of the league coaches.

But, what Wolford was unsure of was how his team would respond going to the season. The result was positive.

“These kids aren’t quitting. They are trying,” said Wolford. “I just hope people understand that they are still a work in progress. We’re still young. But my seniors have been working hard and doing good things.”

Offensively for the Panthers, they will be led by their stable of backs.

“I have two fullbacks that are phenomenal,” explained the coach. “I’ve got Kai Fox who’s a sophomore. Kai Fox is impressive. He’s gonna go both ways, or share time at fullback with JD Osborn. They both have some shake and bake and they both can run you over. I’m not kidding you, my running backs are gonna be phenomenal. The way they’re working, how they’ve been lifting, how they look.

“I have a good mix of what I call “thunder and lightning.” So we’re gonna be able to pound the ball. We’re gonna be able to block. It’s just gonna be much improved.”

Delta will run a straight Wing T this year, utilizing some aspects that have helped them in the past.

They have nine honorable mention All-NWOAL athletes returning. Those are Max Hoffman, Tristan Saeger, Logan Echler, Osborn, Nathan Kohlhofer, Hunter Tresnan-Reighard, Jose Arroyo, Dalton Richard and Noah Druschel.

Many of those will make an impact on the defensive side of the ball. Players that have stood out are Kohlhofer, Arroyo, Richard and Osborn. Fox will be the quarterback of the defense at middle linebacker.

“I think my d-line is gonna really help this year,” said Wolford. “That will help my linebackers make things better. Will it translate into wins, I don’t know. But we will be more competitive.”

The early portion of the season will likely be key for the Panthers. Should they have success in the non-league, it could catapult them to more wins once league play starts.

Wolford is hopeful his team can give a fight, and perhaps win, at home against McComb in week one. They host Rogers in week two, and travel to Tinora in week three, before hosting Patrick Henry to begin NWOAL action.

The 2018 Delta coaching staff. 2018 Delta coaching staff.

Delta has 14 seniors returning for the upcoming season. has 14 seniors returning for the upcoming season.

The 2018 Delta football team. 2018 Delta football team. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

By Max Householder

[email protected]

2018 Roster
No. Name Grade Position
77 Jose Arroyo 12 OL/DE
66 Derek Berger 12 OL/DL
5 Seth Burres 12 TE/DE
81 Tyler Collins 12 WR/DB
4 Noah Druschel 12 RB/DB
25 Logan Echler 12 RB/LB
63 Brent Garmenn 12 OL/DT
78 Nate Kohlhofer 12 OL/DT
7 Tyler McCullough 12 K/DB
3 Ashton O’Brien 12 WR/DB
32 JD Osborn 12 OL/LB
58 Dalton Richard 12 OL/DT
33 Tristan Saeger 12 RB/DB
14 Dawson Swicegood 12 QB/DB
52 Hunter Tresnan-Reighard 11 OL/DE
8 Robert Boulton 11 WR/DB
73 Nate Jokinen 11 OL/DT
57 Bryce Orzechowski 11 OL/DT
62 Trevor Wittes 11 OL/DL
86 Kaleb Barnes 10 TE/DT
48 Darren Dunning 10 RB/DB
43 Kai Fox 10 RB/LB
12 Max Hoffman 10 RB/DB
13 Nick Mazurowski 10 QB/DB
75 Austin Michael 10 OL/DT
85 Ty Osborn 10 TE/DE
20 Blake Schalwecker 10 RB/DB
26 Chandler Saeger 10 QB/DB
64 Cody Widney 10 OL/LB
55 Mason Wyrostek 10 OL/DT
22 Shawn Cook 9 RB/DB
24 Dakota Davis 9 RB/DB
71 Daniel Gutierrez 9 OL/DT
9 Ryan Helton 9 RB/DB
74 Austin Kohlhofer 9 OL/DT
52 Evan Perry 9 OL/LB
82 Rollin Robinson 9 OL/DL
17 Evan Salser 9 RB/DB
59 Brenden Sheely 9 OL/DL
65 Zane Shindorf 9 OL/DL
18 Kalvin Tenney 9 QB/DB
23 Josh Tresnan-Reighard 9 QB/DB

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010