Region: Division II-AA East/Middle
Coach: Bruce Lussier, 11th season
Last season: 5-6, fell to Baylor in first round of DII-AA playoffs
Players to watch:
Jeremy Darvin, Sr. OL/DL — 6-foot-2, 280-pound two-way lineman has scholarship offers from seven schools, including Tennessee and Louisville. Bryce Vickers, Sr. RB/DB — Returns from an injury-shortened junior season; anchored Father Ryan’s state-champion 800-meter relay team last spring. Zach Pfeifer, Sr. QB — Dual-threat takes over after serving as backup a season ago. B.J. Bishop, Sr. WR/DB — Returning starter with eight receptions for 75 yards, but should see an increased role. John Ledford, Sr. OL/DL.
Quote: “We’ve got some growing to do. We bring back a good portion of our offensive and defensive lines, but all of our perimeter people are either new or haven’t seen much playing time. Hopefully our lines can carry the skill guys a little bit as we continue to get better week by week.” — Father Ryan coach Bruce Lussier.
Schedule (* – region)
Aug. 21 Hillwood 7 p.m.; Aug. 28 Northeast 7 p.m.; *Sept. 4 McCallie 7 p.m.; *Sept. 11 at Pope John Paul II 7 p.m.; Sept. 18 at Evangelical Christian 7 p.m.; *Sept. 25 at MBA 7 p.m.; Oct. 9 Spring Hill 7 p.m.; *Oct. 16 Brentwood Academy 7 p.m.; *Oct. 23 at Ensworth 7 p.m.; *Oct. 30 Baylor 7 p.m.