When one thinks of the football in the Scioto County area, one of the first schools that comes to mind is the Notre Dame Titans.
And while 2017 may not feature the biggest roster that the Titans have ever had, Notre Dame, as it always has, will continue to fight. That will especially be the case on Saturday evening, when the Titans play host to the Racine Southern Tornadoes on Saturday evening at Spartan Stadium as Notre Dame looks to turn around its luck against Racine Southern in a home bout.
After graduating Sam Kayser and Isiah Johnson, who combined for over 2,800 yards of offense en route to leading Notre Dame to a 7-3 overall mark, the Titans look to be in rebuilding mode with just two seniors on an underclassman heavy roster.
With the explosive duo gone, expect Ben Mader, a junior, to come up large behind the pair and take most of the leadership duties. Mader is expected to be a catalyst all year long for the Titans, according to Bob Ashley. Senior Chase Matiz and junior Caleb Tindall will also be relied on heavily throughout the year.
“Ben is ready to step in and be the next guy that’s going to carry the football for us here,” Ashley said in the Daily Times’ preview. “He’s a big, strong, tough kid and we’re anxious to see exactly what he can do for us offensively. He showed a lot of promise last year.”
They’ll help assist 5-11, 135-pound freshman quarterback Caleb Nichols, who will take the reins of the Notre Dame offense as the signal-caller. Expect Bryson Arnett and Sam Mays, as returning junior lettermen, to be the armor for Nichols while spearheading Ashley’s four-man front scheme.