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Lions looking for more consistent play
By ANDERS LARSON The Lions suffered significant losses to grad- first-team all-district. Reeves could breakAnton Senior Jeff White, who had one touchdown
ThisWeek Staff Writer uation, particularly on the offensive and defen- Robinson’s school record of 3,197 career rush- last season, will back up Reeves in the back-
sive lines, but their talent at the skill positions ing yards with just 721 more this year. field.
Last season, the Gahanna Lincoln High School should be among the area’s best. Most of the Seniors Aaron Breitfeller, K.C. Sparks and At quarterback, the Lions must replace Bruce
football team got a bit of revenge in the first experienced players were juniors last season, Elliott Williams all saw significant action at Hymes, and Lanza said the competition is still
round of the Division I playoffs for a 34-3 loss so the Lions will be senior-dominated again. receiver, combining for 10 touchdowns and open. After the first scrimmage, Williams and
to Lancaster in the regular season. Reeves returns at tailback, where he rushed nearly 500 yards, although Williams may switch
But even after the Lions posted a 33-28 play- for 1,646 yards and 16 touchdowns and was to quarterback. See GAHANNA, page 11
off win, the Golden Gales still had what Gahanna
really wanted: the OCC-Ohio Division title.
“The main priority right now is to win an
OCC title,” senior running back Darius Reeves
said.
Coach Mike Lanza, now in his 13th season,
said he believes the program has reached a point
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where it enters every game expecting to win.
Not only has Gahanna expected to win, but it
has shown itself to be capable of beating the
area’s elite teams.
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