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Green Wave set to atone for 5-6 season
By KURTIS ADAMS time since 1996. wood a week after the heartbreaking loss to Patterson (6-0, 238), Luke Webster (6-2, 205)
ThisWeek Staff Writer The other two overtime setbacks were to Granville. and Lane Hartfield (5-11, 195); and sophomore
Granville (37-36) and Mogadore (20-14), an Up front, some of the other key linemen on Clay Harris (6-2, 230). Pattelos, who plays cen-
Not that the members of the Newark Catholic eventual Division VI state semifinalist. both sides of the ball include seniors Kevin Pat- ter, and Putterbaugh, a guard, are the only return-
High School football team are making excuses, “Our kids stayed positive through an awful telos (5-11, 190), Ryan Lewis (5-11, 195), Alex ing starting offensive linemen. Ditto for Rhodes
but everyone seems to realize how much of a lot,” said Franks, whose 69-46 career record Roth (5-7, 180) and Nick Rhodes (6-1, 185);
toll injuries took a year ago during an atypical includes a 49-20 mark and three regional cham- juniors Casey Cunningham (6-2, 255), Jacob See GREEN WAVE, page 68
5-5 regular season. pionships with the Green Wave. “Hopefully, the
“Even our running back (Mark Nichols), who ones we’re bringing back won’t have to endure
had a great year, had some dings,” senior mid- anything like that again.”
dle linebacker and fullback Matt Lott said. “I
don’t even think he was healthy all year, hon-
estly.”
They include Elwell (5-foot-11, 170 pounds),
now a senior who had directed two winning
efforts during the playoffs in 2005, and class-
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The first of several key injuries came in the mate Nichols (5-11, 190), a bruising tailback

Everyone has a goal!
opening scrimmage when quarterback Mark who made first-team all-district last season after
Elwell broke a collar bone. Nevertheless, the rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns on
Green Wave repeatedly regrouped and eventu- 212 carries (5.7 average) in the newly-imple-
ally found familiar territory by qualifying for mented pro-set ‘I’ formation. Special-mention
the Division VI playoffs for a state-record 30th all-district senior tight end Tony Weisent (6-1,
time, falling to former MSL-Cardinal Division 200) is a big target, and senior receivers Matt
rival Fisher Catholic 42-10 in a regional quar- Grieb (6-0, 175) and Marcus Baker (6-1, 200)
terfinal to finish 5-6 and post a losing season for should be a load to handle downfield as well. Whether you make every effort toward
the first time under coach Bill Franks. Baker caught 16 passes for 223 yards and two
“Our guys hung in there and withstood all the touchdowns a year ago as the Green Wave fin- a victory over the rival team or securing
injuries and made a nice mid-season run,” Franks ished fourth (4-3) in the MSL-Ohio won by
said. His sixth season begins Friday atAmanda- Licking Valley (7-0) but scored nine points in financial success, you have our support.
Clearcreek, which prevailed 22-14 in last year’s the fourth quarter points to upend Heath 21-14 Park National Bank is a proud
opener as Newark Catholic dropped the first of in the seventh game and defeated playoff-bound
three overtime games in a 2-3 start that threat- Columbus Academy 30-19 a week later, a key supporter of Ohio high
ened to keep it out of the postseason for the first stretch that also included a 29-0 win over Lake-
school football.
At a glance
NEWARK CATHOLIC GREEN WAVE
Colors: Green and white
Oct. 19 ..............Licking Valley ........................Away
Oct. 27 ..............Whitehall ............................Home
Best of luck for a
Coach: Bill Franks, sixth season
Key players: Marcus Baker, Casey Cunningham, Mark
2006 RESULTS
(5-6 overall, 4-3 MSL-Ohio)
successful 2007
Elwell, Clay Harris, Ryan Lewis, Matt Lott, Mark Nichols, Amanda-Clearcreek.............................L, 22-14 (OT)
Kevin Pattelos, David Putterbaugh and Tony Weisent Bainbridge Paint Valley ................................W, 20-0 football season.
On the Web: newarkcatholic.org Mogadore ..........................................L, 20-14 (OT)
2007 SCHEDULE Whitehall..................................................W, 42-12
Aug. 24..............Amanda-Clearcreek ...............Away Granville.............................................L, 37-36 (OT)
Sept. 1...............Bainbridge Paint Valley.........Home Lakewood...................................................W, 29-0
Sept. 8...............Fisher Catholic ....................Home Heath ......................................................W, 21-14
Sept. 14 ............Granville...............................Away Columbus Academy ..................................W, 30-19
Sept. 22 ............Lakewood ...........................Home Bexley.........................................................L, 33-7
Sept. 28 ............Heath...................................Away Licking Valley...............................................L, 35-0
Oct. 5 ................Columbus Academy...............Away PLAYOFFS
Oct. 13 ..............Bexley ................................Home Fisher Catholic ..........................................L, 42-10

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Newark Catholic
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“We want to throw the ball as much as we
run. We have to establish the running game.”
Defensively last year, the Lions held oppo-
nents 18.3 points a game and finished plus-12

GO GO GREEN! GO GREEN Good
in turnovers. But in losses to Licking Valley
(41-17) and Academy (27-0), Bexley had trou-
ble stopping the run. Licking Valley’s Storm
Klein rushed for 284 yards and five touchdowns
GREEN
on 30 carries and Academy’s Chris Crockett
rushed for 278 yards and three touchdowns on
18 carries. Both players are back. WAVE!
Licking County’s
Hardware
Luck!
The Lions will run a shade 50 defensive with from
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