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Blue Aces hope defense can gain intensity


By KURTIS ADAMS yards and five touchdowns and added another starting at one of the cornerback spots a year “We’re not really big, but we’ll try to use all
ThisWeek Staff Writer dimension to the offense by rushing for 123 ago. that speed and depth we have,” said Hensley,
and another score. “Basically, we’re a platoon team and we’ll whose graduates off last year’s team included
Perhaps no team in Licking County is return- Becher will have plenty of options down- play a lot of kids,” Hensley said. “We feel our lineman Dan Ream (second-team all-district),
ing as much talent and experience at the offen- field. They also include standout junior receiver conditioning can beat our opponents’ tired tal- linebacker Clayton Darfus (second-team all-
sive skill positions as the Granville High School Adam Alderman, who made Division III first- ent.” district) and receiver/defensive back Phil
football team. team all-district and second-team all-state after Hensley said he also was pleased with how Capogreco (honorable-mention all-district).
So why is coach Mike Hensley talking so having 76 receptions for a county-best 927 yards the defense played in the opening scrimmage “That was probably as physical as we’ve been
much about defense? and six touchdowns, and senior running back against Westerville Central, which returns plenty in several years, though. It was a nice way to
“We know offensively we can play with any- Zac Lemmon, who caught 14 passes out of the of their skill-position players, too. get the ball rolling in the direction we want.”
one,” he said. “Our defense needs to catch up; backfield for 254 yards and four touchdowns.
it needs to develop the same attitude.” A fourth-year starter, Lemmon rushed for
Defense clearly has been the Blue Aces’ 1,068 yards and 14 touchdowns and also was
downfall in recent seasons. first-team all-district honors.
They gave up 35 or more points in six games Aside from the defensive lapses, the Blue
a year ago and an average of 29.4 in finishing Aces also have only one returning starter on
4-6 overall and sharing fifth place with Heath the offensive line in senior right guard Grant
at 3-4 in the MSL-Ohio Division won by Lick- Willis, although classmate Trent Wills will be
ing Valley (7-0). a load to handle.
After taking down playoff-bound Newark The defensive line has the same problem with
Catholic 37-36 in overtime in the fifth game to inexperience although senior end Russell Sei-
get to 3-2 and 2-0, the next three league oppo- dell will play a key role despite the distractions
nents scored a combined 118 points as Colum- of baseball recruiting and trying to decide which
bus Academy (47-28), Bexley (36-15) and the sport to play in college. Seidell, whose aca-
Panthers (35-0) all prevailed to derail what had demic success has attracted several Ivy League
been such a promising start coming off of a 1- schools, also played through an ankle sprain in

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9 showing the previous season. preseason and played in the Babe Ruth World
The fact that the Vikings and Licking Valley Series as well.
both made the playoffs was of little consola- Juniors Michael Goodwin and Nick Lozier
tion. appear to be among the best in a young group
“Our focus this year is on defense, no ques- of linebackers, and sophomore Tyler Link returns
tion,” said Hensley, whose team opens Friday to the defensive secondary at free safety after
at Johnstown. The Johnnies won last year’s
game 45-6 en route to a berth in a Division V
regional semifinal.
Still, it’s hard not to talk about all that offen-
Good Luck

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sive ability.
Senior Sam Mintos and junior Cory Becher
split time at quarterback running the spread

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coaches to move him to wide receiver and he’ll
see some time in the defensive secondary as
well. He threw for 1,066 yards and 10 touch-
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