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Irish out to prove last season was fluke


By SCOTT GERFEN He’s bigger. He’s stronger. He’s faster. He knows
Villager Contributor the offense and he’s learned what we want him
to do.”
The Dublin Scioto High School football tra- He’ll lead an offense that includes plenty of
dition includes a Division II state championship experience at the skill positions in senior run-
in 1995 and five consecutive playoff appear-
ning backs Taylor Rice (5-11, 175) and Bradley
ances and three OCC championships this decade.
McDougal (6-2, 182) and junior running back
In eight seasons under coach Karl Johnson,
Andrew Koogler (6-0, 200).
the Irish have grown accustomed to winning.
But with just one returning starter on offense Koogler last season rushed for 564 yards on
and five on defense, Scioto last season finished 119 carries and five touchdowns.
4-6 overall and suffered through a schedule Three of the four returning starters along the
which included seven opponents that reached offensive line are seniors inAlex Duff (6-3, 240),
the postseason. Cameron Martin (5-11, 210) and Nathan Votino
“We felt like we were competitive in most of (6-2, 240), along with junior Jason Tiemeier (6-
our games last year, but we just didn’t get over 0, 255). Senior Brennan Heigel (6-1, 190) is
the hump to win those close ones,” said John- returning at tight end.
son, whose team will open Friday at home against The defense appears to have more speed this
Olentangy. “With as many returnees that we year, Johnson said. Its returning starters are all
have this year, it’s something that doesn’t sit seniors in linemen Tommy Duffey (5-10, 215),
well with the seniors. They don’t want to be Alex Morris (5-10, 195) and Adam Morris (6-
remembered that way and definitely want to 0, 290), linebackers Corey Strawser (5-8, 160)
improve.” and Jimmy Bullock (6-2, 195) and defensive
Scioto returns nine starters on offense and backs Rice, Justin Rinaldi (5-11, 162) and Casey
eight on defense as it looks to rebound from a Gordon (5-10, 150). By Darrin Bryan/ThisWeek
fourth-place tie with New Albany at 2-3 in the Bullock led the team last season in tackles Scioto’s Ryan Pendleton threw for 1,200 yards and six touchdowns last season but also
OCC-Capital Division behind Big Walnut (4- (86) and Strawser had eight sacks. had 12 interceptions. “He has improved greatly from last year,” coach Karl Johnson said.
1), Watkins Memorial (4-1) and Olentangy Lib- “I think last year we wore down in some
erty (3-2) and ahead of Franklin Heights (0-5). games,” Adam Morris said. “I think condition- The Irish also return junior punter and kicker are just like us and had junior-laden teams last
It was a season that also included the worst ing is something that’s been emphasized for Rainer Duzan, who made the winning 31-yard year,” Johnson said. “Big Walnut and Dublin
defeat for Johnson, 44-0 to Dublin Coffman, everybody this season. We’d get slow last year field goal in the 27-24 victory over Worthing- Coffman were junior-led teams, and they were
and a defense that allowed 345 yards and 27 and tired in the second half and that’s when ton Kilbourne in the Battle of Hard Road. league powers last season. Our schedule hasn’t
points per game. somebody would break a big play on us.” “There are a lot of teams on our schedule who changed, and it’s going to be just as tough.”
“We’ve been talking about restoring the tra-
dition,” senior quarterback Ryan Pendleton said.
“We know we can bring it back and we’ve been
working hard every day to get back to where
Good Luck

. . . .
we were.”
Pendleton (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) completed
127 of 229 passes last season for 1,200 yards

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and six touchdowns, but also threw 12 inter-


ceptions. Johnson has seen a better decision-
maker in preseason practices and scrimmages.
“I think the kids look to him as a leader,” he
said. “He has improved greatly from last year.

At a glance Good Luck ALL


DUBLIN SCIOTO IRISH 614-798-1321 Dublin Schools GOOD
Colors: Green, white and silver
Coach: Karl Johnson, eighth season
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LUCK
Key players: Jimmy Bullock, Alex Duff, Tommy Duf-
fey, Casey Gordon, Brennan Heigel, Andrew Koogler, Dublin, Ohio IRISH!
Cameron Martin, Bradley McDougald, Adam Morris,
Alex Morris, Ryan Pendleton, Taylor Rice, Justin Rinaldi,
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