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Wildcats are prepared to start rebuilding
By JOE CORLEY
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
Westerville South High School football coach WESTERVILLE SOUTH WILDCATS
Rocky Pentello has been in similar positions Colors: Red and white
Coach: Rocky Pentello, 17th season
before. That’s not to say he likes going into a Key players: Brent Carter, Ryan Clark, Cortez Flem-
season having to replace 10 starters on defense ing, Jordan Hardgrow, Ricky Harris, John Hughes and
and eight on offense, but at least he has an idea Tony Palmer
of what he and the Wildcats are facing. On the Web: westerville.k12.oh.us/south
“We had a really strong senior class last year, 2007 SCHEDULE
but they’re all gone,” said Pentello, whose team Aug. 24..............Massillon Jackson.............Home
Aug. 31..............Westerville Central..............Away
will open Friday at home against Massillon Sept. 7...............Watterson ..........................Away
Jackson. “It’s different this year, but it’s not Sept. 14 ............Grove City ..........................Away
unique.” Sept. 21 ............Newark.............................Home
After opening 6-0 a year ago, the Wildcats Sept. 28 ............Mount Vernon ...................Home
Oct. 5 ................Olentangy...........................Away
had to adjust on the fly — both offensively and Oct. 12 ..............Worthington Kilbourne .......Home
defensively — when Pentello’s son, graduate Oct. 19 ..............Pickerington Central ..........Home
Rocco Pentello, suffered a season-ending injury Oct. 26 ..............Dublin Jerome ....................Away
to his left ankle in the seventh game. They lost 2006 RESULTS
that game to Olentangy 36-17, but went 2-1 (8-3 overall, 3-2 OCC-Cardinal)
down the stretch and earned a Division I play- Massillon Jackson ..................................W, 55-31
Westerville North......................................W, 34-7
off berth for the third time in four years. Watterson ................................................W, 17-0
South, which went 3-2 in the OCC-Cardi- Grove City ..............................................W, 41-24
nal Division to tie Olentangy and Worthing- Newark ..................................................W, 33-28
ton Kilbourne for second behind eventual Divi- By Giles Clement/ThisWeek
Mount Vernon...........................................W, 56-8
Olentangy ...............................................L, 36-17
sion II state runner-up Pickerington Central (5- Cortez Fleming passed for 299 yards and rushed for 206 when inserted into the lineup Worthington Kilbourne ............................W, 21-20
0), then lost to Dublin Coffman 17-10 in the after Rocco Pentello suffered a season-ending injury in the seventh game. Pickerington Central ................................L, 27-10
first round of the playoffs to finish 8-3 overall. Dublin Jerome ............................................W, 7-3
South’s other loss was to Central 27-10 in onus likely will shift to the players on the other have only one guy back on defense. But kids PLAYOFFS
the next-to-last game of the regular season. In side of the ball. pick up defense much faster than offense.” Dublin Coffman .......................................L, 17-10
the OCC, it finished ahead of Dublin Jerome “The games will be closer,” Pentello said. Back to direct the spread-veer offense is
(1-4) and Mount Vernon (0-5). “We’ll have to battle harder and lean on our Fleming, who took over at quarterback after BE THE ONE to
The younger Pentello (78-for-120 passing,
1,186 yards, 13 touchdowns; 100 rushes for
defense more, do the things that more tradi- the younger Pentello was injured. He com- champion
tionally we’ve done here.” pleted 19 of 43 passes for 299 yards, two touch- life for patients in need.
994 yards, 13 touchdowns; first-team all-OCC, The only returning starter on defense — the downs and seven interceptions and rushed for 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
second-team all-district), now a defensive back Wildcats run a 4-3 stack — is senior middle 206 yards and one touchdown on 61 carries. BloodSavesLives.org
at Ohio State, was part of a senior class of 18, linebacker John Hughes. The outside lineback- Junior Ryan Clark, last year’s second-lead-
highlighted also by Michigan State-signee B.J. ers will be seniors N’Faji Jabbie and David ing rusher with 134 carries for 796 yards and
Cunningham (45 receptions, 770 yards, 9 touch- Fosselman, Dan’s brother. seven touchdowns, is back. Hardgrow also will on the offensive line,” Pentello said.
downs, 7 interceptions; first-team all-OCC, Seniors Earl Davis and Varney Feemorlu are play in the backfield. The line will feature junior Ricky Harris at
first-team all-district). the defensive tackles. Those competing for The top receiver is senior Brent Carter, who center, seniors Blake Cattrell and Arryck Franks
The list of graduates also includes Zak Crum spots on the ends are seniors Austin Saffell, had 35 catches for 517 yards and three touch- at the guard spots and seniors Prince Evans-
(C; first-team all-OCC, first-team all-district), Kevin Ball and Brian Calland. downs last season and was second-team all- Kwakye and Stephen Wilush at tackle.
Eric Gerhart (CB/K; 5 interceptions, second- Senior Thomas Palmer will be the strong OCC and special mention all-district. The kicker will be senior Brandon Shepherd
team all-OCC, special mention all-district), safety, with juniors Cortez Fleming and Andrian Other receivers are senior Nealon Richards, or junior Chris Laipple, both of whom also
Taylor Hopkins (DT; first-team all-OCC, spe- Collins vying for the starting spot at free safety. sophomore Ryan Barber and Holland. Barber play soccer. Through the first scrimmage, no
cial mention all-district), Dan Fosselman (LB; The cornerback positions will be manned by advanced to the Division I state track and field one had emerged as the punter.
second-team all-OCC), Mark McGuire (NG; seniors Brent Carter and Justin Young and meet last spring and finished third (47.77 sec- “It’ll be an interesting year,” Pentello said.
second-team all-OCC) and Chris Lovins (LB; juniors Jordan Hardgrow and Josh Holland. onds) in the 400 meters. “We’ve got some seniors, but not much expe-
honorable mention all-OCC, second-team all- “Especially early and with only three starters “(Carter) is a pretty good receiver and (Clark) rience and we’re dealing with a lot of mistakes
district). back on offense, everything will depend on the is a pretty running back, but you still have to that we’ve got to correct. The question is, will
With such firepower gone offensively, the defense,” Pentello said. “Our problem is we be able to block and we’ve got four new starters they step up and do it or not?”

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