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Licking Valley still target atop league


By KURTIS ADAMS out how to beat Valley.” ley.
ThisWeek Staff Writer On the field, it’s happened only “I’m sure we’ll get everybody’s Inside the division
twice. best shot,” Licking Valley coach
Despite annually producing plenty The Blue Aces prevailed in that Randy Baughman said. “It’s always 2006 STANDINGS Bexley at Granville
Team League Overall Newark Catholic at Heath
of all-state football talent on an indi- first season 33-31 on Oct. 17, 2003, a strong league. We’ve done well Licking Valley 7-0 9-2 Whitehall at Licking Valley
vidual basis, one team just about ending Licking Valley’s 42-game over the years preparing for tough Columbus Academy 5-2 8-4 Oct. 5
completely has dominated the MSL- regular-season winning streak and games every week.” Bexley 5-2 8-2 Newark Catholic at Columbus Academy
Newark Catholic 4-3 5-6 Lakewood at Bexley
Ohio Division since it was formed eventually forging a tie atop the final Two of the state’s top running Granville 3-4 4-6 Licking Valley at Granville
four years ago. standings as the Panthers and White- backs will meet up when the Pan- Heath 3-4 5-5 Heath at Whitehall
Licking Valley High School foot- hall both finished 6-1. Then, on Sept. thers close the regular season with a Lakewood 1-6 1-9 Oct. 12
Whitehall 0-7 0-10 Columbus Academy at Heath
ball is king of the league and will 23, 2004, former league member showdown Oct. 26 at Columbus Granville at Whitehall
New Albany stopped the Panthers Academy. Licking Valley’s Storm 2007 SCHEDULE
remain so until one of several adver- Sept. 14 Lakewood at Licking Valley
saries can stage a coup. 28-21. Klein, a junior who has been offered Columbus Academy at Whitehall Oct. 13
“They’re above and beyond the The Eagles went 7-0 to take the a scholarship by Ohio State, ranked Licking Valley at Bexley Bexley at Newark Catholic
Newark Catholic at Granville Oct. 19
rest of us right now,” Granville coach championship that season as the Pan- 11th in Ohio in rushing yards (1,839) Lakewood at Heath Columbus Academy at Bexley
Mike Hensley said of the Panthers, thers forfeited two league wins and and tied for seventh in touchdowns Sept. 20 Heath at Granville
who have won the last two titles out- four victories in all, finishing 4-3 in (27) last season. Academy senior Granville at Columbus Academy Whitehall at Lakewood
Bexley at Whitehall Newark Catholic at Licking Valley
right and shared another. “We have MSL-Ohio play. They regrouped to Chris Crockett ranked 10th in yards Oct. 26
Sept. 21
so many tremendous players through- win their final four contests, how- (1,936) and first in touchdowns (34), Heath at Licking Valley Licking Valley at Columbus Academy
out this league. It’s exciting to be a ever, and have been perfect since. leading his team to the playoffs for Sept. 22 Bexley at Heath
part of that. Unfortunately, it’s got- They’ll take an 18-game winning the 10th time overall, as did Klein. Lakewood at Newark Catholic Granville at Lakewood
Sept. 28 Oct. 27
ten to the point where the other seven league winning streak into this year’s Columbus Academy at Lakewood Whitehall at Newark Catholic
of us are stuck just trying to figure MSL-Ohio opener Sept. 14 at Bex- See MSL-OHIO, page 74

Columbus Academy
Vikings’ versatility
on offense poses

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challenge for foes
By DON DELCO 1,936 rushing yards and 34 touch-
ThisWeek Staff Writer downs on 191 carries. Senior wide
receiver Jake Beatley (6-0, 170) was
Coach Mark Barren walked with a second-team all-MSL-Ohio with 23
brisk pace from ColumbusAcademy’s catches for 498 yards and four touch-
football field toward the entrance of downs and senior quarterback Hobie
the athletic complex. Hondros (6-0, 175) was second-team
Minutes earlier, theVikings had fin- all-MSL, going 67-for-120 for 1,195
ished a two-hour scrimmage with yards passing with 10 touchdowns and
Northridge onAug. 10. Barren’s quest two interceptions.
to reach the air conditioning was In the offseason, all three kept busy
slowed, however, as friends, former as Crockett added weight, Hondros By Adam Cairns/ThisWeek
Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07 • August 22, 2007

players and well-wishers greeted him. gained speed and Beatley won the high Hobie Hondros was second-team all-MSL-Ohio last season after throwing for 1,195 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Supporters attended the scrimmage jump at the Division II boys state track
to get a first look at the current prod- and field meet. Johnson (5-11, 265). According to
uct. The Vikings produced a late-sea-
son run last fall that ended in the sec-
“Chris will be an even better run-
ner than a year ago,” Barren said. “He’ll
At a glance Barren, regardless of who starts, all
will see playing time.
ond round of the Division V, Region be more physical because he’s a little COLUMBUS ACADEMY VIKINGS Oct. 26.........Licking Valley............Home Rounding out the offense, which
19 playoffs. bit bigger and stronger.” Colors: Maroon and gray 2006 RESULTS averaged 37.6 per game, are senior
Hondros had the biggest improve- Coach: Mark Barren, second season (8-4 overall, 5-2 MSL-Ohio)
After opening 2-2, Academy won Key players: Jake Beatley, Chris Crockett, tight ends Colton Wade (6-4, 215) and
five of its next six games to qualify ment after an offseason film session Linden.....................................W, 68-12
Peter Downing and Hobie Hondros Hartley ....................................W, 41-33 Beau Peiffer (6-2, 185) and junior tight
for the postseason. The Vikings beat with Barren. In the loss to Amanda- On the Web: columbusacademy.org Fisher Catholic............................L, 35-6 end Jack Barkin (6-2, 190), senior full-
Nelsonville-York 55-21 in the first Clearcreek, Aces quarterback Dalton 2007 SCHEDULE Licking Valley ............................L, 56-27 back Aaron Marbley (5-10, 195) and
round before losing to Amanda- Smith led his team with 110 yards on Aug. 24 ........Linden .....................Home Whitehall .................................W, 69-20 junior fullback Gus Sessley (5-8, 165),
Clearcreek 36-9 in a regional semifi- 10 carries. Barren saw the resemblance Aug. 31 ........Hartley ......................Away Granville ..................................W, 47-28
Lakewood ..................................W, 42-0 senior wingback Ayman Bazerbashi
nal to finish at 8-4 overall. In the MSL- Smith shared with Hondros. Sept. 7.........Centerburg...............Home
Sept. 14.......Whitehall ...................Away Newark Catholic........................L, 30-19 (5-10, 170) and wide receiver Jeremy
Ohio Division, Academy tied Bexley “I asked Hobie, when you see Sept. 20.......Granville ..................Home Heath......................................W, 41-23 Lipp (6-0, 170).
for second at 5-2 behind Licking Val- Smith’s size, why should he be any Sept. 28.......Lakewood..................Away Bexley .......................................W, 27-0 Academy’s 4-4 stack defense was
ley (7-0). better?” Barren said. “I told Hobie to Oct. 5...........Newark Catholic .......Home PLAYOFFS inconsistent last season as the Vikings
“We probably caught a few people get in the weight room to get a little Oct. 12.........Heath........................Away Nelsonville-York........................W, 55-21 struggled with their lack of size. Once
more physical and improve his speed, Oct. 19.........Bexley .......................Away Amanda-Clearcreek .....................L, 36-9
by surprise last year,” said Barren, again, the defense will need to rely on
whose team opens Friday at home which is something that could get us its speed, not power.
against Linden. “Once you have that over the top.” Be a champion for life — donate blood! Downing, Johnson, Lind and Von-
success, it’s tough to repeat that. Teams Crockett, Beatley and Hondros, are 1-800-GIVE-LIFE S www.BloodSavesLives.org der Haar will rotate at tackle with
will be shooting for us.” Academy’s captains along with senior sophomore Will Boeckman (6-2, 190),
Continued success on offense is offensive and defensive tackle Peter Barkin, Miller and Wade at end.
possible again as Academy returns its Downing. battling for the starting job. At guard, verted tight end and Roehrenbeck a Peters and Roehrenbeck return at
starting quarterback, leading rusher Downing (6-3, 240) was Barren’s senior Zach Peters (6-1, 195), junior converted fullback. inside linebacker with Bazerbashi the
and leading receiver. Senior running lone certainty on the offensive line. Joey Miller (6-1, 180) and sophomore Vying for the other tackle spot oppo- lone returning outside linebacker. In
back Chris Crockett (5-foot-10, 195 At center, senior Brad Lind (5-11, 215) Mike Roehrenbeck (5-11, 185) are site Downing are senior Nathan Von- the secondary, Beatley, Crockett and
62 pounds) was first-team all-state with and junior Derek Wolf (5-11, 170) are new to the position with Peters a con- der Haar (6-1, 215) and junior Alex Hondros return from last season.