Delta viewed as threat in NWOAL

By Max Householder - [email protected]

Delta’s returning letter winners for the 2021 season.

Delta’s returning letter winners for the 2021 season.

The 2021 Delta football team.

Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

2021 Roster

2Malachi Limpf11WR/DB
3DJ Davis12WR/DB
4Brenden Pribe11WR/DB
5James Ruple11QB/DB
6Mace Reckner10QB/DB
7Bryar Knapp11RB/DB
8Justin Ruple10QB/DB
9Evan Hanefeld11WR/DB
12Landon Lintermoot9RB/LB
14Richard Flores9WR/DB
16Maverick Mercer10TE/DE
17Branden Cox9TE/DE
18Kalvin Tenney12RB/LB
19Anthony Hernandez10RB/DL
20Carl Warner9RB/DB
22Shawn Cook12RB/LB
23Josh Tresnan-Reighard12RB/LB
25Caleb Lantz10RB/LB
30Joel Arroyo10RB/LB
33Dylan Stricker11TE/LB
44Jake Widney10RB/DE
47Jerremiah Wolford11RB/LB
50Evan Perry12OL/LB
51Josh White11OL/DL
52Luke Schlatter11OL/LB/DL
53Bryce Schmude9OL/DL
54Cass Chiesa9OL/DL
55Will Brown11OL/DL
57Dougy Narron9OL/DL
58Parker Cone9OL/DL
59Ethan Funk11OL/DL
60Kallen Incorvaia10OL/DL
61Jeremy Hambly10OL/DL
62Ronald Savage9OL/DL
63Zane Shindorf12OL/DL
64Landon Griesinger10OL/DL
65Connor Bates11OL/DL
66Rollin Robinson12OL/DE
68Daniel Thatcher9OL/DL
70John Brasher9OL/DL
71Daniel Gutierrez12OL/DL
72Austin Kohlhofer12OL/DL
74Lucas Wolpert11OL/DL
75Gabe Aranjo10OL/DL
77Bryson Hanefeld9OL/DL
78Matthew Hall9OL/DL
81Holden Barnes11TE/DE
82Phil Smithers11TE/DE

After a 4-4 campaign in an odd season with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting everyone, the Delta football team has a solid group of players back from that squad as they look to have success in 2021.

“I like our kids,” said head coach Nate Ruple. “They’re tough kids; they’re hard-nosed kids. They love the game of football and they love each other. It’s a fun group of guys to coach. I have no doubt that they have the character to get the job done week in and week out. On the other hand, we’re playing some very talented football teams that are also gonna have some very talented players.

“We’re gonna give it our all and, like I said, week in and week out we’ll battle. We’ll see where the chips fall in November.”

The Panthers will run the Wing-T on offense this season and a 5-2 defensive scheme. Offensively, their strength lies along the offensive line and in the running game.

“We’ve got to be able to run the ball if we want a chance (to win games). It’s just not our way to throw the ball around all over the field. So we’re gonna be relying heavily on our run game and our offensive line to make holes for us. Not only that, the style of football that we play, we’re gonna have to play defense. We’re gonna have to be able to contain teams and keep teams at a point threshold that we are able to compete with with our style of play,” explained Ruple.

Returning at running back for Delta is senior Josh Tresnan-Reighard, a first team All-Northwest Ohio Athletic League and honorable mention All-Northwest District selection in 2020. Tresnan-Reighard rushed for 607 yards and five touchdowns a season ago.

“He’s been a great player for three years. We are really excited to see him and be able to coach him his senior year,” Ruple said of his running back.

The Panthers also will have Jerremiah Wolford who ran for 390 yards and four TDs, plus Bryar Knapp who had 256 yards and a pair of scores.

Knapp is a threat in both the running and passing game.

“Smaller guy but a big heart,” said Ruple. “Really came on strong at the end of last year and gave us an outside threat to our running game that really helped us those last few games. Especially in the playoff game against Seneca East, had a big game in that game.

“He gives us a little flexibility; he allows us to do some different things than what we’re typically accustomed to. Which we’re hoping is gonna give defenses some problems as we go through the season.”

Anchoring the Delta offensive line will be senior center Austin Kohlhofer. He was first team all-league and second team all-district at his position in 2020.

“He’s far and away our rock on our offensive line. Outstanding kid. I’m excited to coach him his senior year as well,” said Ruple of Kohlhofer.

Other returning letter winners on the offensive line are Evan Perry, an honorable mention all-league guard, Rollin Robinson and Zane Shindorf. That unit should prove to be a strength this year.

“We have a few guys back on our offensive line. We had our two tackles graduate last year — Austin Michael and Kai Fox. We’re still trying to put those pieces in place to give us the best opportunity to succeed. But we have a little bit of experience coming back. We’re hoping our offensive line is able to gel and open up some seams for our running backs,” said Ruple.

Other returning letter winners for the Panthers are DJ Davis, Kalvin Tenney (honorable mention all-league linebacker), James Ruple and Shawn Cook.

Leading the way for them on defense is Perry, a second team all-league and second team all-district selection at linebacker. He finished 2020 with 70 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, and one defensive TD.

Also back at linebacker is Tresnan-Reighard, who was named honorable mention all-league a season ago. He recorded 28 tackles, 3 TFLs, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a TD during his junior campaign.

Additionally, Kohlhofer was an honorable mention all-league defensive lineman and Knapp was honorable mention all-league at defensive back.

“We’re gonna be very inexperienced on the defensive line. So we’re gonna be relying a lot on our linebackers and our DBs to keep teams contained until we can develop some defensive linemen,” said coach Ruple on the main key for his team’s defense this season.

Delta was recently picked to finish third by the NWOAL coaches at their preseason meeting. For the Panthers to have success in the league, they must be on their toes each and every Friday beginning week four against Evergreen.

“We’re gonna have to play our best football game week in and week out,” said Ruple. “We’re gonna have to come together and we’re gonna have to play as a team.

“As in many years, this league’s got a lot of talented players. A lot of quality coaches.”

Delta welcomes Ayersville this Friday to begin the season.

Delta’s returning letter winners for the 2021 season.’s returning letter winners for the 2021 season.

The 2021 Delta football team. 2021 Delta football team. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

By Max Householder

[email protected]

2021 Roster
No. Name Grade Position
2 Malachi Limpf 11 WR/DB
3 DJ Davis 12 WR/DB
4 Brenden Pribe 11 WR/DB
5 James Ruple 11 QB/DB
6 Mace Reckner 10 QB/DB
7 Bryar Knapp 11 RB/DB
8 Justin Ruple 10 QB/DB
9 Evan Hanefeld 11 WR/DB
12 Landon Lintermoot 9 RB/LB
14 Richard Flores 9 WR/DB
16 Maverick Mercer 10 TE/DE
17 Branden Cox 9 TE/DE
18 Kalvin Tenney 12 RB/LB
19 Anthony Hernandez 10 RB/DL
20 Carl Warner 9 RB/DB
22 Shawn Cook 12 RB/LB
23 Josh Tresnan-Reighard 12 RB/LB
25 Caleb Lantz 10 RB/LB
30 Joel Arroyo 10 RB/LB
33 Dylan Stricker 11 TE/LB
44 Jake Widney 10 RB/DE
47 Jerremiah Wolford 11 RB/LB
50 Evan Perry 12 OL/LB
51 Josh White 11 OL/DL
52 Luke Schlatter 11 OL/LB/DL
53 Bryce Schmude 9 OL/DL
54 Cass Chiesa 9 OL/DL
55 Will Brown 11 OL/DL
57 Dougy Narron 9 OL/DL
58 Parker Cone 9 OL/DL
59 Ethan Funk 11 OL/DL
60 Kallen Incorvaia 10 OL/DL
61 Jeremy Hambly 10 OL/DL
62 Ronald Savage 9 OL/DL
63 Zane Shindorf 12 OL/DL
64 Landon Griesinger 10 OL/DL
65 Connor Bates 11 OL/DL
66 Rollin Robinson 12 OL/DE
68 Daniel Thatcher 9 OL/DL
70 John Brasher 9 OL/DL
71 Daniel Gutierrez 12 OL/DL
72 Austin Kohlhofer 12 OL/DL
74 Lucas Wolpert 11 OL/DL
75 Gabe Aranjo 10 OL/DL
77 Bryson Hanefeld 9 OL/DL
78 Matthew Hall 9 OL/DL
81 Holden Barnes 11 TE/DE
82 Phil Smithers 11 TE/DE

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.