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Parity could take control in division


By JARROD ULREY both teams became factors in the cham- Beechcroft at the top,” Whetstone coach
Inside the division ThisWeek Staff Writer pionship race.
Even Columbus East, which had lost
Todd Boyd said. “We only had five seniors
last year so we should be better. I think
2006 STANDINGS Centennial at Brookhaven When the Northland High School foot- 19 consecutive games over the 2004 and the whole league was in a youth cycle last
Team League Overall Linden at Whetstone ball team beat Brookhaven 6-0 in over- 2005 seasons, finished with a winning year.”
Beechcroft 6-1 7-3 Northland at Mifflin
Brookhaven 5-2 6-4 Oct. 5
time in the eighth game of the regular sea- league record. The biggest factor determining whether
Mifflin 5-2 5-5 Brookhaven at Beechcroft son last year, it snapped a 33-game City The increased parity also kept the league Brookhaven can make it back to the top
Northland 5-2 5-5 East at Centennial League winning streak by the Bearcats from being represented in the playoffs, could be health. Senior tailback Rodney
East 4-3 5-5 Mifflin at Linden and eventually helped to end their run of as the only teams to post winning over- Stewart, who contributed to the Bearcats’
Whetstone 2-5 3-7 Whetstone at Northland league titles at four. all records were Beechcroft at 7-3 and City-North title team in 2005 and has
Centennial 1-6 1-9 Oct. 12
Linden-McKinley 0-7 0-10 Centennial at Beechcroft
Beechcroft coach Tom Dunlap believes Brookhaven at 6-4. good speed, missed most of last season
2007 SCHEDULE East at Brookhaven another run such as Brookhaven’s isn’t After just two games separated the top with a knee injury but is expected back
Sept. 14 Northland at Linden something that will occur again anytime five finishers in the league last season, healthy.
Beechcroft at Linden Whetstone at Mifflin soon. each game this season could have mean- Brookhaven also has experience return-
Whetstone at Brookhaven Oct. 19 “The (City-North Division) will be ing. ing in its defensive backfield with senior
Mifflin at Centennial Beechcroft at Whetstone
Brookhaven at Northland
fairly strong this year,” said Dunlap, whose There was significant separation safeties Jerrell Brookins and Wes Edwards
East at Northland
Sept. 21 Linden at Centennial team won a league title for the first time between the top five teams and the bot- and features one of the area’s top lineback-
Beechcroft at Mifflin Mifflin at East since 2001 despite having lost to the tom three in the league last year, but Cen- ers in senior Travonti Wallace. It also
Brookhaven at Linden Oct. 26 Bearcats 28-20 last season. “I think the tennial and Whetstone have increased par- returns a quarterback in senior Aquante
Centennial at Northland Northland at Beechcroft era of one team just dominating is over.” ticipation this season and both believe Braswell who saw significant action last
Whetstone at East Brookhaven at Mifflin
Centennial at Whetstone
The end of the Bearcats’winning streak they can close the gap. season.
Sept. 28
Beechcroft at East Linden at East opened the door not only for Beechcroft “The league should be pretty compet-
but also for Northland and Mifflin, and itive with Brookhaven, Northland and See CITY-NORTH, page 56

Brookhaven
Bearcats aiming to regain
City title, return to playoffs

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By JARROD ULREY
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
The Brookhaven High School foot- BROOKHAVEN BEARCATS Oct. 5...........Beechcroft.................Away
Colors: Blue and gold Oct. 12.........East ........................Home
ball team failed to advance to the play- Coach: Tom Blake, fifth season Oct. 19.........Northland ..................Away
offs a year ago for the first time since Key players: DeShawn Alston, Aquante Oct. 26.........Mifflin........................Away
going 5-5 in 2001 under former coach Braswell, Kevin Braswell, Jerrell Brookins, 2006 RESULTS
Gregg Miller, but that finish might not Wes Edwards, Andrew Herrell, Donald Pren- (6-4 overall, 5-2 City-North)
tiss, Rodney Stewart and Travonti Wallace
start an immediate trend. On the Web: columbus.k12.oh.us/
Chillicothe ..................................L, 14-5
Even if their 6-4 record doesn’t Cincinnati Colerain ......................L, 70-0
brookhaven/index.html Walnut Ridge ...........................W, 28-12
improve significantly — two of the 2007 SCHEDULE Linden.......................................W, 43-8
Bearcats’three non-league opponents Aug. 24 .......Chillicothe ..................Away Centennial...............................W, 40-21
made the playoffs last season, includ- Aug. 31 .......Hilliard Davidson .......Home Beechcroft...............................W, 28-20
ing defending Division I state cham- Sept. 7........Chaminade-Julienne ..Home East ........................................W, 27-12
Sept. 14......Whetstone ................Home Northland ..............................L, 6-0 (OT)
pion Hilliard Davidson — they have Sept. 21......Linden........................Away Whetstone.................................W, 40-6
more closely resembled the team
Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07 • August 22, 2007

Sept. 28......Centennial ................Home Mifflin...........................................L, 6-0


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Brookhaven lost just 11 graduates
and will look to bounce back from a By Karen Carter/ThisWeek
season in which its scoring average ago,” coach Tom Blake said. starter, senior Aquante Braswell (5- The Bearcats’ Jerrell Brookins (left) and Dajon Reece combine to tackle
dropped from 42 points per game in Brookhaven opens Friday at Chill- 11, 185), who was 40-for-94 passing Worthington Kilbourne’s Ahmed Elhagmuse on Aug. 11.
2005 to 21. It was shut out three times icothe, a Division II playoff qualifier for 468 yards with six touchdowns
and held to a combined five points in which beat the Bearcats 14-5 last sea- and six interceptions. Sophomore will be at tackle. Seniors David Koroma (5-11, 270)
its four losses. son. Also new to the schedule is vis- Phillip Johnson has been competing “Dede is a strong kid with good and Glenn Madison (6-3, 265), juniors
The biggest reasons for hope come iting Dayton Chaminade-Julienne for the starting job. speed and Kevin Braswell played tight Michael Blackwell (6-1, 215) and
in the form of senior running back (Sept. 7), which went 5-5 a year ago Wide receiver Kameron Taylor (20 end last year so he’s got a year under Chris Thigpen and sophomore D.J.
Rodney Stewart’s improved health and has replaced Walnut Ridge. catches) graduated, but sophomore his belt,” Blake said. “(Stewart has) Greggs will play on the line.
and a defense that returns senior Stewart, who saw action as a sopho- DeShawn Alston — a Division I got an awful lot of quickness and has Senior Ibrahim Marah is back at
linebacker Travonti Wallace (5-11, more, will headline the I-formation regional qualifier in the 400 meters been doing well. I think our quarter- kicker and has been competing with
245) and senior safeties Jerrell attack. Sophomores Ryland Ward and last spring — is expected to take over. backs are doing a good job. We expect Stewart at punter. Stewart and Gun-
Brookins (6-1, 185) and Wes Edwards Demetrius Johnson are at fullback and Senior Kevin Braswell, who made 15 a lot out of them and they’re both com- nell will return kicks and punts.
(5-9, 190). Stewart is back after miss- junior Dominique Johnson is at slot- catches and is Aquante’s cousin, will ing along.” “It’s going a lot smoother now com-
ing most of last season with a knee back. Junior Andrew Herrell led the be at tight end. Wallace was special mention all- pared to last year,” Wallace said. “We
injury. Bearcats in rushing with 640 yards One of the biggest question marks district at linebacker and again will had guys who had never played a down
Discounting a 70-0 loss to eventual and seven touchdowns last season but is on the offensive line, where the lead the defense. Joining him at of high school ever on the field last
Division I state semifinalist Cincin- is expected to spend most of his time Bearcats must replace three starters, linebacker along with Herrell are senior year. Everything is running a lot
nati Colerain, the Bearcats gave up an at linebacker. including special mention all-district Rayshawn Collins and junior Galvin smoother.
average of 11.6 points last year. Among the graduates was quarter- selection Zach Steve. Senior Dede Bonner. Joining Brookins and Edwards “(Our finish last year is) motivat-
“Our goal as always is to try and back Cyrus Norwood, who was 41 of Rouby is at center, Wallace will be at in the secondary are seniors Cameron ing us a lot. We were upset with how
win the (City League-North Division) 84 passing for 635 yards with five guard along with junior Ty Hillman Gunnell and Darrell Powell at cor- we finished. We should have at least
52 and try to make the playoffs, and right touchdowns and three interceptions. and seniors Donald Prentiss (5-11, nerback and senior Julius Miller and won the City and we’re going to try
now we’re further along than a year He split time with this year’s expected 265) and Decorey Evans (5-8, 230) Ward at safety. to bring it back to Karl Road.”