After two eight-win seasons, Toledo Christian eyeing more

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Toledo Christian Football
The Eagles are looking to continue to make strides under third-year head coach John Miller. TC has won eight games each of the last two seasons and earned the school’s first playoff berth last year. This year’s team could be even better.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Grant Sims (6-1, 170, Sr.); WR Nate Konzen (5-9, 160, Sr.); OL/DL Caleb Barney (6-3, 205, Sr.); OL Kevin Collins (6-0, 230, Sr.); K JC Miller (5-7, 175, Jr.); DB Graham Miller (5-9, 170, So.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 8-3, Regional quarterfinalist

The Eagles are looking to continue to make strides under third-year head coach John Miller. TC has won eight games each of the last two seasons and earned the school’s first playoff berth last year. This year’s team could be even better.

Senior QB Grant Sims (6-1, 170) returns for his fourth season under center. Last year Sims completed 77 of 168 attempts for 1,224 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

TC also returns its entire offensive line. Seniors Caleb Barney (6-3, 205) and Kevin Collins (6-0, 230) will anchor the unit. Barney also doubles as a standout defensive tackle.

At running back sophomore Graham Miller (5-9, 170) takes over. Miller was a starting varsity linebacker last season.

Senior receiver Nate Konzen (5-9, 160) is a capable target. Last year he grabbed 11 passes for 170 yards.

The Eagles schedule gets a facelift with the addition of two D-II teams (Libbey and Woodward) to the non-conference slate in the first three weeks. Tough Toledo Area Athletic Conference games with Hilltop (homecoming), Northwood and Ottawa Hills loom.

Junior kicker J.C. Miller (20 of 21 PATs, 5 of 7 field goals) could be the difference in tight contests.

SCHEDULE

8/22 TOLEDO LIBBEY (II)
8/29 @ HOLGATE (VI)
9/5 @ TOLEDO WOODWARD (II)
9/13 @ TROY CHRISTIAN (VI)
9/19 WEST UNITY HILLTOP (VI)
9/26 @ OREGON CARDINAL STRITCH (VI)
10/3 EDON (VI)
10/10 @ LAKESIDE DANBURY (VI)
10/17 @ NORTHWOOD (V)
10/24 TOLEDO OTTAWA HILLS (V)

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