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Vikings ready
to take shot at
City-North title
By JARROD ULREY quarterback in hopes of bringing more
ThisWeek Staff Writer offense. Junior James Jones has taken
over for senior Ben Bennett, who will
The Northland High School foot- be the backup.
ball team took a major step forward “(Jones’) ball-handling for the type
after losing seasons in each of coach of offense we have is a little more
Kevin Tooson’s first three years when crisp,” Tooson said. “It appears he
it beat four-time defending City gives us a little bit more of a running
League-North Division champion threat.”
Brookhaven 6-0 in overtime in the Senior Chris Tucker (5-foot-9, 180
eighth game of last season to win its pounds) is back at running back after
fifth in a row. rushing for a team-best 550 yards.
Defense carried the Vikings into Juniors Alfred Geiger and Norman
City-North championship contention Pitzer also return in the backfield.
before a pair of shutout losses left Sophomore Julian Harris and senior
By Chris Parker/ThisWeek
them in a second-place tie at 5-2 with Andre Brown are the wide receivers
Mifflin and the Bearcats behind and seniors Brandon Jackson and Northland coach Kevin Tooson is looking to guide the Vikings to their first City title since 1996.
Beechcroft (6-1). David Turner are the slot receivers.
Now that Northland believes it has In the Vikings’ offense, the slot The Vikings, who gave up an aver-
established itself as a title contender, receivers can either run or catch the At a glance age of 6.4 points in City-North games,
will be led defensively by a secondary
it would like to take the next step. ball or block.
NORTHLAND VIKINGS Oct. 5 .........Whetstone.................Home of Brown (CB), Dunaway (SS), Jack-
The last time the Vikings won a league Juniors Sheris Conteh and Ed Dun- Colors: Green and gold Oct. 12 .......Linden ........................Away
title was 1996 when it shared first away are at tight end. Coach: Kevin Tooson, fifth season Oct. 19 .......Brookhaven ...............Home son (FS) and Turner (CB).
with Brookhaven and Beechcroft in Senior Mike Christian (LG, 5-10, Key players: Andre Brown, Mike Christian, Oct. 26 .......Beechcroft ..................Away On the line in a 4-3 set are junior
the City-Red. 275) will begin his fourth season as Sterling Demons, James Jones, Chris 2006 RESULTS Virgil McClendon and Conteh at end,
Tucker, David Turner and Demetrius Williams (5-5 overall, 5-2 City-North) junior Mike Collins at nose guard
“In my eyes, the City is still the a starting offensive lineman. The other On the Web: columbus.k12.oh.us/north- Newark.......................................L, 48-0
same,” said Tooson, whose team will expected starters on the line are senior land Walnut Ridge ..............................L, 19-0 and Jones at tackle. Senior Marquis
open Friday at Newark. “You’ve got Sterling Demons (RG, 6-1, 305) and Marion-Franklin ...........................L, 20-0 Williams is at middle linebacker, with

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2007 SCHEDULE Centennial...............................W, 35-14
the two established programs in the sophomores Quintin Jones (RT, 5- Aug. 24.......Newark .......................Away Mifflin........................................W, 24-6 Tucker and sophomore Raynard Bal-
North with Brookhaven and 10, 280), Anthony Peoples (C) and Aug. 31.......Independence............Home Whetstone.................................W, 55-3 lard at outside linebacker.
Beechcroft and their kids believe in Korey Venable (LT). Seniors Sept. 7 .......Marion-Franklin............Away Linden.......................................W, 49-0 “Our secondary is what should be
Sept. 14 .....East..........................Home Brookhaven...........................W, 6-0 (OT)
their tradition. We’re now at a point Demetrius Williams (G, 6-2, 250) Sept. 21 .....Centennial.................Home East ...........................................L, 14-0
the strength of our defense,” Tooson
with the talent level where we can and Haven Moore (T) will be back- Sept. 28 .....Mifflin .........................Away Beechcroft....................................L, 8-0 said. “Dunaway and Jackson are pretty
compete week in and week out, and ups. physical kids, although we’re going
hopefully we can win the City Junior Benny Ndive will be the Be a champion for life — donate blood!
to miss Keith Bosley at middle
League-North.” kicker and Brown and Turner will 1-800-GIVE-LIFE S www.BloodSavesLives.org linebacker. We had seniors across the
Northland went 5-5 overall and split the punting duties. Jackson and board at linebacker. We’re going to
was shut out in all five of its losses Turner will be the kick and punt have our most athletic group on the
last year. returners. second-team all-district defensive tion all-district linebacker Keith defensive line. We’ve got some nice-
The Vikings will go with a new Defensively, the Vikings graduated back Marcus Rose and special-men- Bosley. sized kids.”

Linden-McKinley
Iron-man attitude will be essential for Panthers
Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07 • August 22, 2007

By JARROD ULREY Rippy, who has made a verbal com- centric last season.
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance mitment to Nebraska, moved to Trot-
wood Madison.
“All of the extra running and extra
conditioning paid off today,” Hinton
It was a season Eric Stone never LINDEN-McKINLEY PANTHERS Oct. 5...........Mifflin ......................Home Junior Casey Hood (6-foot-4, 195 said after his team’s first scrimmage
will forget. Colors: Maroon and white Oct. 12.........Northland ................Home pounds) is back at quarterback after against Harvest Prep and East onAug.
Coach: Eric Stone, second season Oct. 19.........Centennial.................Away
As a player at East High School in Key players: Marcus Bennett, Derrick Chat- Oct. 26.........East ..........................Away passing for 1,673 yards and 15 touch- 11. “The running game has been going
the late 1970s, Stone was a part of a man, Darrin Christy, Marvin Demby, 2006 RESULTS downs last season. Seniors James Hin- well thanks to the offensive line. Defen-
football team which went 8-2 despite Cameron Hardy, James Hinton, Casey Hood (0-10 overall, 0-7 City-North) ton and Marvin Demby and junior sively we’ve got a new scheme and
having just 17 players. and Tyrone Williams Columbus Academy...................L, 68-12 Marcus Bennett are expected to be at we’ve got a whole new package in.
On the Web: columbus.k12.oh.us/lin- Africentric...................................L, 38-2
Now in his second season as Lin- den_mckinley running back. We’ve been practicing it a lot.”
South.......................................L, 29-12
den-McKinley’s coach, Stone has a 2007 SCHEDULE Brookhaven ................................L, 43-8 Senior Derrick Chatman is back at Defensively, Hardy and Hood are
similar situation to deal with in terms Aug. 24 ........Columbus Academy....Away Whetstone................................L, 42-14 wide receiver after finishing with 46 expected to start at end in a 5-2 sys-
of numbers as just 25 players were out Aug. 31 ........South ......................Home Mifflin.......................................L, 22-12 catches for 870 yards and seven touch- tem. Niece and Williams are at tackle
for the team as of the second week of Sept. 7.........Cincinnati Taft ..........Home Northland ...................................L, 49-0 downs last year. Demby also should and Long will be at nose guard. Gib-
Sept. 14.......Beechcroft ...............Home Centennial................................L, 31-20
August. Sept. 21.......Brookhaven..............Home Beechcroft..................................L, 38-6 see time at the position. Sophomore son and Lindsey also should see action
Not surprisingly, Stone, whose team Sept. 28.......Whetstone.................Away East ...........................................L, 18-6 Michael Gibson and freshman Tyrone at end. Christy and Hinton are at
will open Friday at Columbus Lindsey are at tight end. linebacker. Bennett and Demby will
Academy, has told his players that in Be a champion for life — donate blood!
Junior Cameron Hardy (6-1, 190), play cornerback, with Chatman at
some games they’ll remain on the field 1-800-GIVE-LIFE S www.BloodSavesLives.org who will be in his second season as a strong safety and Gibson at free safety.
at all times. starting tackle, and junior tackle Dar- Bennett and Chatman are expected
“We’re telling the kids that they rin Christy (5-9, 226) are the biggest to share the kicking and punting duties.
have to be in their best shape,” he said. got the right people, success is going their most successful season since they offensive linemen. Others who should “Offensively we want to get 12 first
“We as coaches may have to bring you to come from somewhere. It’s not a went 6-4 in 2001, but they slipped to see action include senior left guard downs a game,” Stone said. “That’s
a cup of water in the huddle instead bad thing because it’ll keep us moti- 0-10 last season. Tyrone Williams, sophomore center what we’re concentrating on. We’re
of the other way around. These are 25 vated.” Linden suffered a blow early last Doug Niece and junior right guard not concentrating on the score. Defen-
54 hard-working players, and when you’ve The Panthers went 4-6 in 2005 for month when senior linebacker Doug Yossie Long. Williams played atAfri- sively we just want to get the ball.”