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Cougars seek to maintain


success under new coach
By FRANK DiRENNA season, is expected to play both ways.
ThisWeek Contributor At a glance “Matt has a real defensive mental-
ity, but we need him on the offensive
Brian Smith faces several challenges WESTLAND COUGARS side of the ball,” Smith said.
as he prepares for his first season as Colors: Green and white Other candidates on the offensive
Coach: Brian Smith, first season
coach of the Westland High School Key players: Tyler Entingh, Matt Hoyt, line are senior Darion Williams (G)
football team. DeMarcus Jackson, Mike Jarrell, Scott and junior Scott Moscato (T).
The Cougars earned their first play- Moscato, Andrew Moore, Charlie Silcott, “We need to step it up as a team,”
off appearance last season, but lost 27 Jared South and Darion Williams Williams said. “Our seniors need to
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players to graduation. Now, Smith and land_high_school.html come together and work hard. We need
his staff must attempt to keep West- 2007 SCHEDULE
to play smart and play hard, and hope-
land on a winning track. Aug. 24 ......Upper Arlington.........Away fully we can get there.”
Smith replaces Jeff Jones, who Aug. 31 ......Walnut Ridge...........Home Senior Charlie Silcott, who played
stepped down June 21. Smith is a for- Sept. 7 .......Dublin Scioto ..........Home quarterback in the opening scrimmage
mer assistant at DeSales. Sept. 14.....Hilliard Davidson .....Home Aug. 11, should contribute at wide
Sept. 21.....Marion Harding.........Away
Last season, the Cougars finished Sept. 28.....Gahanna ..................Away receiver. Westland lost its top eight
4-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division, sec- Oct. 5.........Newark...................Home receivers from to graduation.
ond to Lancaster (5-0). Westland was Oct. 12.......Groveport ...............Home The Cougars will utilize a 3-4
7-4 overall, its first winning season Oct. 19.......Hilliard Darby............Away scheme on defense. Hoyt and Williams
Oct. 26.......Lancaster ...............Home
since 1994 when it was 6-4. It lost its should anchor the line, with Hamil-
2006 RESULTS
Division I playoff opener to Upper (7-4 overall, 4-1 OCC-Ohio) ton and Entingh at inside linebacker
Arlington 28-21. Upper Arlington......................L, 41-35 and Moscato and sophomore Randy
Coincidentally, the Cougars will Eastmoor .............................W, 35-28 Hall handling outside linebacker duties.
open Friday at UA, which also beat Dublin Scioto .................W, 41-35 (OT) Jackson, a cornerback, should lead
Cincinnati Aiken ......................W, 52-6
them 41-35 in last year’s opener. Marion Harding ......................L, 38-27 the secondary. Other contributors in
The key loss to graduation was quar- Gahanna ..............................W, 40-28 the defensive backfield should be
terback Kasey Wendal, who now plays Newark.................................W, 40-20 seniors Syvon Keys (CB), Mike Jar-
for Ashland University. Last season, Groveport .............................W, 48-28 rell (S), Georden Burton (S) and Sil-
Hilliard Darby ........................W, 46-29
Wendal rushed for 1,943 yards and 23 Lancaster..............................L, 42-14 cott (S), and junior Sidney Tak (S). By Adam Cairns/ThisWeek
touchdowns on 278 carries and com- PLAYOFFS
“It’s going to be hard for any team First-year coach Brian Smith was named to replace Jeff Jones, who
pleted 118 of 213 passes for 1,571 Upper Arlington......................L, 28-21 getting a new coach and getting a new resigned after leading Westland to the Division I playoffs last season.
yards and 17 scores. He shared OCC offense and a new defense,” Jarrell
Player of the Year with Lancaster’s said. “I think we’re on the right track. going to make or break our season. I know Newark has their years where

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Georgie Carpenter and was Player of champion We’re learning stuff. We’re picking it don’t think we have the depth to really they’re very good, Gahanna likewise.
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to get going, but once we get going I We’re probably going to be playing where they’re competitive. I really
Super 25. BloodSavesLives.org think we can do something because 15 to 20 guys and they just have to be don’t know where we fit into that pic-
Junior Jared South is the front-run- we have some good players.” ready to go both ways without much ture.”
ner to replace Wendal. Junior fullback Sophomore Matt Walker, a mem- of a dropoff. They just can’t get tired.” “We’re not getting too hung up on
Tyler Entingh finished second to Wen- and at wide receiver. ber of the soccer team, will handle the Last season, the Cougars finished wins and losses. We just want to make
dal in rushing with 432 yards on 122 “DeMarcus is going to be a guy that kicking duties. ahead of Gahanna (3-2), Hilliard Darby sure we’re doing things the right way
carries last season. He scored three we need to try and find a way to get Jarrell will be the punter. (2-3), Groveport (1-4) and Newark (0- and being competitive. The whole
touchdowns. him the ball because he can make “I think we can put a pretty good 5) in the OCC. idea is just to compete week in and
Senior Andrew Moore is expected things happen,” Smith said. 11 on the field,” Smith said. “The prob- “I’m trying to figure out what we week out. Whether things go for the
to start at tailback, with senior Chris Smith called the lack of depth on lem is going to be conditioning. We’ve have with our own team,” Smith said. better or the worst, we just want to
Hamilton sharing time with Entingh the offensive line a concern. Junior been pushing conditioning pretty hard. “I do know that it’s a pretty compet- make sure that none of that stuff mat-
at fullback. Senior DeMarcus Jack- center Matt Hoyt, who played pre- I think our conditioning is unlike any- itive division. I know that a lot of the ters and we play the same way all the
son should split time in the backfield dominantly on the defensive line last thing these guys have ever seen. That’s talk is about Lancaster and Darby. I time.”

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