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2019 Snapshot: Ross

There is no hiding the fact the Ross is looking to start winning football games consistently again.

Coach Commins is 6-14 in 21 games as head coach, and it’s abundantly clear that the conference schedule will be crucial for overall success and growth for the program. Ross was an above .500 out of conference, but only 2-4 against their familiar foes in 2018.

Offensively, they return lot of seasoned veterans, which should bode extremely well in trying to keep pace with other top offenses in the league

Coach Commins admits that the team speed isn’t exactly where it should be, but many young guys have the chance to step up and make a difference on this team right away.
Losing five starters from the defense is unquestionably a gut punch.

It was simple for Ross last year, when their defense played well, they won games. In every one of their six wins last season, they allowed less than 10 points.

Everyone realizes expectations are to be tempered, but Ross is looking to prove that they are moving in the right direction.

Division III, Region 12
2018 RECORD: 5-5, 2-4 SWOC
COACH: Kenyon Commins (6-14 @ Ross, two years; 6-14 overall)

HONOR ROLL
Kaden Rogers, Jr, OL: So impressive as a leader his teammates unanimously named him a captain before his sophomore season. He is a physical run blocker who likes to finish whose effort earned him Second Team All-SWOC honors a year ago. The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Rogers currently has offers from Akron, Toledo and Marshall.

Ethan Mills, Sr, LB: A three-year starter on defense, Mills was Second Team All-SWOC selection as a junior. He had three-and-a-half sacks and a fumble recovery.

OTHER RETURNEES
Jack DePrie, Sr, LB: Words can’t describe what Jack DePrie means to this team and program. Coach Commins thinks he is the heart of the defense and team.

Tyler Uhl, Sr, DB: A physical downhill player and a sure tackler.

Owen Severance, Sr, DB: One of the most coachable Rams on the roster.

Will Palmer, Sr, LB: Brings a high motor and elevated intensity to the Rams’ defense.

Casey Redemeier, Jr, DB: Fought his way onto the field as a sophomore and never relinquished his position.

Ethan Hall, Sr, WB: A great two-sport athlete that brings a calming influence to the offense.

Keith Colyer, Sr, OL: The only senior offensive lineman that the Rams have. Colyer hopes to overcome nagging injuries that plagued him in 2018.

Aaron Smith, Sr, WR: The most unselfish player that Ross has. Smith is a great representation of hard work and relentless effort.

Jackson Gifford, Jr, FB: Played wing back last year, but was out of position there. His ability with the ball in his hands and physical style was too much to keep off the field.
Gifford will move to fullback this fall.

Nathan Seidholz, Jr, OL: A returning starter who will be even better with a year under his belt.

Will Mischke, Jr, OL: Wound up the starting center for the last five weeks of 2018. He is the strongest player on the Ross roster.

Tanner Meale, Jr, TE: Started all 10 games as a sophomore and continued to get better each week. Meale everything asked of him. He will also see some Defensive time as well.

NEWCOMER
Landon Herrmann, So, OL: The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Hermann pushed for time as a freshman. He was hard to keep off the field. A year learning the offense has helped him immensely.

PLAYOFF HISTORY
(six appearances, 0-6) – 2011, 2009, 2001, 1997, 1995, 1993

2019 SCHEDULE
Fri – 08/30/19 – at Badin – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/06/19 – MONROE – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/13/19 – at Western Brown – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/20/19 – at Harrison – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/27/19 – MOUNT HEALTHY – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/04/19 – at Edgewood – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/11/19 – NORTHWEST – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/18/19 – LITTLE MIAMI – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/25/19 – THURGOOD MARSHALL – 7:00 PM
Fri – 11/01/19 – at Talawanda – 7:00 PM

SWOC WOES
The Rams have not fared well against the SWOC’s elite over the past six years. Ross is a combined 0-18 versus Mount Healthy, Harrison and Northwest in that period. In those contests the Rams average margin of defeat is 37.8 points per game versus Harrison, 24.2 points against Mount Healthy and 18.0 points versus Northwest.

NO PASSING FANCY
In seven SWOC seasons, Ross has combined to throw for just 35 touchdowns with 44 interceptions. The Rams have never thrown more than eight touchdown passes in a SWOC season. During that same span, Ross has rushed for 139 touchdowns.

*Image from Kaden Rogers – ScoutingOhio.com

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