Coach: John Wysong (1-7)
Aug. 27 at Cincinnati Taft
Sept. 3 at Holmes
Sept. 9 at Kentucky Country Day
Sept. 18 at Bethel-Tate (OH)
Oct. 1 at Bellevue
Oct. 8 at Newport Central Catholic
Oct. 15 at Beechwood
Oct. 22 vs. Dayton at Holmes
Oct. 29 at Ludlow
(All games at 7:30 unless noted)
Outlook: Holy Cross isn't scaring anyone yet. But that may not last long.
''Their tradition in their school has always been strong in sports, and that will surely carry over,'' Dayton coach Dan Ridder said. ''At the end of the year last year, you could see they were playing people tougher.''
Holy Cross returns seven starters on offense and nine on defense from its 1-7 inaugural season. After ending last season with 42 players, its roster now numbers 51.
''We learned a lot last year and got tons of experience,'' Wysong said. ''Now the guys are hungry to start winning.''
Senior Andy Krallman, who played briefly at quarterback last year, is now the full-time QB. Brothers Nick and Nate Fischer and their cousin, Rob Fischer, anchor the offensive line. Junior Kevin DeMaria is a strong linebacker and fullback.
The bad news: 6-foot-3, 280-pound standout lineman Joe Perkins elected not to play this season.
The Indians begin play in the local Class A district.