During the 1998 and '99 seasons, the Ready High School football team used a combination of future Capital University quarterback Rocky Pentello and current Atlanta Falcons speedster Antoine Harris to light up opposing defenses.

During the 1998 and '99 seasons, the Ready High School football team used a combination of future Capital University quarterback Rocky Pentello and current Atlanta Falcons speedster Antoine Harris to light up opposing defenses.

The Silver Knights have a stable of athletes this season who could rival what the former duo brought athletically.

With senior Brennan McCarty back at quarterback and surrounded by athletes such as seniors Dana DePassio and Christian Knapper and junior Demetrius Clark, Ready has added more spread formations to its usual wing-T.

Ready opens Friday at Elmhurst (Ill.) Immaculate Conception near Chicago and has five other new teams on its schedule. It has one open date (Sept. 18) after having two last year.

"Offensively this is the best set of skill-position players we've had since the Antoine Harris era," coach Larry Wolf said. "Dana DePassio, Demetrius Clark and Christian were all on the (800 relay) that made it to the state (track) final (and finished 13th in 2009). We're going to dabble with some spread this year. We're still doing some wing-T, but it's more out of the slot."

McCarty (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) passed for more than 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns and made honorable mention all-district. Clark (5-11, 175) will be at tailback, while senior Matt Feeney (6-1, 185) will be at fullback in non-spread formations. Clark rushed for six touchdowns and more than 300 yards last year.

Seniors Jordan Carnes (5-8, 155), Cody Culbertson (5-10, 160) and Jeremy Finchum (6-3, 165) will join Knapper (5-11, 180) at wide receiver, with DePassio (6-3, 215) at tight end or H-back. DePassio had 18 catches last year and Carnes added 11.

Senior right guard Pete Galentine is the biggest offensive lineman at 6-3, 270, but Wolf was impressed with the precision of senior right tackle Eddy Bahen (6-1, 185) throughout the preseason. Also on the line will be senior Justin Moore (LG, 5-11, 280) and juniors Chase Chapman (C, 6-1, 215) and Phillip Halko (LT, 5-10, 185).

The Silver Knights lost second-team all-district running back Collin Leidinger (900 yards, 17 touchdowns), wide receiver Stevie Christman (25 catches) and offensive lineman Dean Cullison (now playing for Ohio Dominican University) to graduation.

"We've got Christian Knapper, Cody Culbertson, Demetrius Clark, Jordan Carnes, Dana DePassio, and they're all going to be a huge part of the offense," McCarty said. "We're not real big up front, but when we get the ball in spaces, we can do a lot."

Defensively, seniors Lucas Detty (6-0, 230) and DePassio are expected to be at end, with senior Tony Melucci (6-0, 210) and sophomore Trey Thatcher at tackle in Ready's 4-4 look. Thatcher is a transfer from Westland.

Also new to the program is senior Casey Beatty (5-10, 210), a transfer from Central Crossing who will be at linebacker along with Bahen and seniors Troy Gundelfinger (5-8, 180) and Mike Hamby (5-11, 170).

Knapper, Carnes, Clark and McCarty all could see time at cornerback, with Culbertson at safety.

Sophomore John Wright takes over the kicking duties from four-year starter Mike Morgan, who isplaying for the University of Dayton. McCarty will be the punter.

Culbertson, Clark and Knapper each could see time returning punts and kicks.

Last season, Ready won two of its first three games but had back-to-back bye weeks when its scheduled opponents canceled. After then falling to Jonathan Alder 21-9 in week six, the Silver Knights closed the regular season with four consecutive victories -- including a 52-6 trouncing of Hartley to secure a Division V playoff berth.

After beating Johnstown (21-17) and Portsmouth West (17-0), Ready fell 13-3 to Liberty Union in the Region 19 championship game to finish 8-3.

The Silver Knights will compete the next two seasons in Region 20, which also features West Jefferson, North Union and Cardington among others from the Central District.

"If you look at our region, there are really about 14 playoff teams in our region," Wolf said. "Coldwater has moved down to Division IV (after being a Division IV regional runner-up last year). St. Henry, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, West Jefferson, Hamilton Badin and Versailles all are also in it.

"There's going to be an awful lot of good football teams that don't make the playoffs."