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April 30, 2010The Wyoming Cowboys breezed through a perfect regular season a year ago while earning a Cincinnati Hills League title as they advanced to the state semi-finals for the first time since 1998.
The Class of 2010 certainly left its legacy, but there are still plenty of contributors coming back that optimism remains.
We take a deeper look at what lies ahead for the Cowboys in the upcoming season.
2009 RECORD: 13-1, 7-0 Cincinnati Hills League
COACHING: Hall of Fame head coach Bernie Barre has 35 years under his belt and has posted 302-102 overall record. He has 167-48 mark in his 19 years at Wyoming, his alma mater. Barre calls the plays on offense where he implements a "spread" philosophy. On defense, coordinator Aaron Hancock uses a 3-5-3 scheme. Tim Siler is in charge of special teams.
OFFENSE: Quarterback Kyle Seyfried rewrote the school record books by passing for 3,452 yards and 40 touchdowns while completing 65 percent of his passes and only eight interceptions during his junior year.
The team's top two receivers graduated, but Jonathon Tighe and Chris Dolle both have varsity experience and appear poised for a larger role in the offense. It is not as clear at running back where Drew Perry is team's leading returner rusher after amassing 267 yards on the ground as a junior.
Senior Matt McCoy anchors a veteran line that also includes Anthony Harris, Terry Davis, and Peter Kraner.
DEFENSE: The defense only ceded 12.2 points per game a season ago and should only be better this time around.
Division I prospects, defensive end Tony Davis, Tommy Campbell, and defensive end/linebacker Eric Price, wreak havoc on opponents up front and have a tremendous ability to rush the passer.
Linebacker Michael Travers anchors the middle of the defense as he finished with 60 tackles and 52 assists in '09.
The biggest question marks come in the secondary, but any concerns can be put to rest if Max Kadish lives up to his potential.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Graduation didn't do much to hurt the special teams unit. Kicker Joe Panos converted on 37 of his 48 point-after conversions as a junior. Orlandus Chalk averaged 30.4 yards per punt during his sophomore campaign and should only improve this time around. Kadish flourished returning punts and could be the front-runner to return kickoffs this year too.
Aug. 26 - vs. Edgewood (Crosstown Showdown) - 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 3 - TUPRIN - 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 10 - @Norwood - 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 16 - READING - 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 24 - MARIEMONT - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 - @Madeira - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 - @Deer Park - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 - FINNEYTOWN - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 - @Taylor - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 - @Indian Hill - 7:30 p.m.
FINAL TAKE: Wyoming may not have as much depth as it did a year ago, but there is plenty left in the tank. They should continue to run the slate inside the conference and if they stay healthy make a deep run in the Ohio Division III playoffs once again.