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Talent in trenches to set tone for Warriors
By KURTIS ADAMS special mention all-district last season. He com- we’ve got a lot coming back, too,” Tudor said. Weber’s biggest asset.
ThisWeek Staff Writer pleted 81 of 154 passes (52.6 percent) for 1,076 “We’re experienced up front, definitely. We’re The Warriors will be inexperienced behind
yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 362 bigger, stronger and faster, too.” their defensive line. Seniors Travis Hartley (6-
It would be hard finding statistics this sea- yards and eight more scores. Only Heath’s Wes The new tailbacks include senior Craig Lamb 0, 185) and Zach Wiard (6-0, 170), who played
son for some of the Watkins Memorial High Howell (1,474) threw for more yards among (5-10, 185) and juniors Matt Truex (5-10, 170) on special teams last year, are worth watching
School football team’s most important offen- Licking County quarterbacks. and Mike Shroyer (5-10, 170). The line’s depth at linebacker and cornerback. Shroyer is
sive players. “I think people forget how good (Weber) and Cook’s quickness might enable him to play expected to play strong safety and junior Tyler
Not unless the coaches begin tracking ‘pan- was last year,” said Buchanan, whose team some at fullback, and as many as eight receivers Richardson (5-9, 170) at free safety.
cake blocks,’ ala the Ohio State staff in the defeated a state-ranked opponent in Olentangy saw time in preseason. Shroyer was quarter- Senior Justin Warrington, who is entertain-
1990s while trumpeting tackle Orlando Pace Liberty (21-18 in overtime in the seventh game) back for the junior varsity a year ago and has ing offers to play Division I college baseball,
for the Heisman Trophy. and eventual state semifinalist in New Albany great lateral movement, which was Corey will punt and place kick for the Warriors.
“There’s no question both our lines are going (28-9 in the ninth game) down the stretch to
to be our strengths,” coach Jeff Buchanan said. make the postseason.
“It’s just the opposite of last year.” “He really adds to our offense with some
Then, standouts at the skill positions helped option stuff and other things. We want the ball
lead the Warriors to a 10-2 finish overall, a to be in his hands.”
share of the OCC-Capital Division title with Perhaps Weber merely was overshadowed
Big Walnut at 4-1 and their first playoff appear- by flashier teammates, including his older
ance. The win total is a program record, and brother, Corey, who graduated after rushing
the postseason included a 30-14 victory over for 1,036 yards and 13 touchdowns to make
Alliance before the dream season finally con- second-team all-district. He totaled nearly 3,500
cluded with a 49-7 setback in a Division II career yards. Fans, get closer to the action by stepping into the
regional semifinal against eventual state run- Also departing were Daniel Goodfleisch, an WCLT/ThisWeek Community Newspapers weekly huddle,
ner-up Pickerington Central. honorable-mention all-state linebacker; receivers with ThisWeek’s Kurtis Adams and WCLT’s Curtis
So, how about an encore? Chris Severino and Greg Morrison (554 yards, Newland, for interviews with players and coaches.
“Well, we’re definitely solid up front and 8 touchdowns), tight end Daryl Erden (287
We’ll also provide seasonal summaries and look
we’ve got a proven quarterback (senior K.C. at what lies ahead, as well as our picks for Player and
receiving yards, 4 touchdowns) and Rakeem Team of the Week. We'll tackle the highlights of other
Weber),” said Buchanan, whose team opens Hall, a special-mention all-district fullback and developing stories and issues relating to high-school
Friday against visiting Central Crossing. The linebacker. Erden and Morrison both made sec- sports throughout Licking County.
Comets lost 34-0 last year and never have beaten ond-team all-district, as did graduated linemen Visit www.ThisWeekNews.com and tune in
Watkins Memorial. “That’s a good place to Kevin Phipps and James Mathers. to WCLT (1430 AM) and T-100 (100.3 FM)
start, I suppose.” “Some of our big-name guys are gone, but every Friday night. Kurtis Adams (left) and Curtis Newland
Look for seniors Corey Chaffin (6-foot-1,
235 pounds) and Zack Cook (6-3, 265) at the
guards spots, senior Ryan Tudor (6-4, 215) at
center, and senior Andrew Burkhart (6-2, 225)
and junior Sean Trent (6-3, 255) at the tackle
positions. Cook is a transfer from Reynolds-
burg. Trent, whom Buchanan said can cover
Good Luck
40 yards in 4.9 seconds, is drawing attention
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Most of them will play on the defensive line,
too, and on offense should provide plenty of
protection for Weber (6-1, 175), who made
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