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Gordon helping build dream with Cardinals
By PATRICK DOLAN
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
The first day of preseason practice Aug. 2, THOMAS WORTHINGTON CARDINALS
the Thomas Worthington High School football Colors: Blue and red
Coach: Scott Gordon, first season
team was nowhere to be found on its practice Key players: Matt Ashworth, Nick Bailey, Kurt Barn-
field. hart, Michael Brankamp, Bo Corbin, Jarrett Cowgill,
That’s because the Cardinals were 50 miles Brett Hoffman, C.J. Howell, Alan Juckett and Michael
away on a farm in Ross County, just north of Stanley
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Chillicothe. The reason for the two-day, two-
night trip was not to teach the players about life 2007 SCHEDULE
Aug. 24..............Big Walnut ........................Home
on a farm, but to get their minds focused on Aug. 31..............Olentangy...........................Away
football. Sept. 7...............Newark ..............................Away
Years ago, the owner of the 400-acre farm, Sept. 14 ............Upper Arlington .................Home
Grant Douglass, plowed under a portion of his Sept. 21 ............Hilliard Davidson.................Away
Sept. 28 ............Central Crossing.................Away
cornfield — akin to Kevin Costner’s character Oct. 5 ................Delaware ..........................Home
in the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” — to build Oct. 12 ..............Marysville .........................Home
a football field. Oct. 19 ..............Westerville Central..............Away
First-year coach Scott Gordon first was offered Oct. 26 ..............Pickerington North.............Home
use of the field three years ago when he was 2006 RESULTS
(2-8 overall, 1-4 OCC-Central)
coaching at Grandview, as he had coached Dou- Columbus West ........................................W, 39-6
glass’ son, Teddy, during his tenure with the Olentangy .................................................L, 10-7
Bobcats. Even though Gordon is now at Thomas, Newark .....................................................L, 31-2
Douglass allowed him to take the Cardinals to Upper Arlington ..............................L, 20-17 (2OT)
the remote location. Hilliard Davidson .......................................L, 31-0
Central Crossing.......................................W, 24-7
“(Douglass) built a field of dreams,” said Gor- Delaware ................................................L, 24-14
don, whose team opens Friday at home against Marysville .................................................L, 35-7
Big Walnut. “But instead of a baseball field, it’s Westerville Central ..................................L, 14-13
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a football field. It’s as beautiful a field as you’d Pickerington North.....................................L, 14-0
find anywhere. Thomas’ Nate Easley, a sophomore transfer from DeSales, is expected to share time at
BE THE ONE to halfback.
“The last three years at Grandview, I took
my team there. We call it the camp of champi- champion
Everyone has a goal!
ons. It’s nothing but football. It was hot and the life for patients in need.
kids were out of their element, but it was good 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
to get them in a different atmosphere where BloodSavesLives.org
there are no girlfriends, no television. Their
focus was on football. It’s a good opportunity
to come together as a team. It helps with team hopeful that he will be ready for the opener. Whether you make every effort toward a victory
building, team bonding.” Others who are expected to see significant time
in the backfield are senior C.J. Howell (6-0, over the rival team or securing financial success,
The players spent both nights there sleeping
in tents set up in the field. 225) at fullback and sophomores Nate Easley you have our support. Park National Bank
— a transfer from DeSales — and Jake Shar-
“I’ve never slept in a tent before or been out
ick at halfback.
is a proud supporter of Ohio high school
in the middle of nowhere,” senior tight end and football.
defensive end Jarrett Cowgill said. “It was a Ashworth played guard last year but has been
farm with nothing else around. Our schedule moved to center. Barnhart likely will play tackle,
was: Wake up. Football. Eat. Football. Sleep. which is the same position he played last sea-
son. Others vying for starting spots on the line Best of luck for a successful
Football.”
“I don’t think any of us have done what we include senior Bo Corbin (5-11, 215) and sopho- 2007 football season.
did on that trip,” senior wide receiverAlan Juck- mores Chris Burkett, Nate McCarville andAlex
ett said. “One word to describe it: hot. That’s Karageorge.
Senior Brett Hoffman (6-4, 215), who started
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all I can say. But it was a good team-bonding
thing. That’s what the main focus was. But we
also did a lot of work on the gridiron. It was a See THOMAS, page 36
great place. We had to camp outside and, of

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course, the coaches were inside in the air con-

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ditioning, but it was a good experience.”
How much of an impact the trip will have on
a program that has not had a winning season
since 1999 and has had only two winning sea-
sons in the last 17 years remains to be seen. But
Gordon would not have left Grandview if he
didn’t believe that a winning tradition could not
be established at Thomas.
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A 1980 Worthington graduate, Gordon also


views the opportunity to coach Thomas as a
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homecoming of sorts. He replaces Terry Licht-
enberg, who resigned after just one season in
his second stint with the Cardinals.
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