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Continued from page 36 last year, along with Barker, Faiella, Samson,
Smith and Tarver.
we’ll be outsized, so we have to attack them Faiella is expected to handle punting duties
before they attack us.” and Mark Evans, a member of the boys soccer
Junior George Balut (6-2, 193), Grace, Him- team, will serve as the placekicker.
meger and Pastorek anchor the defensive line. “The first thing you have to do is believe in
Linebackers include Black, Brent, Burns and what you are doing,” Vaughn said. “That is the
Herron. first step. There were some things in place that
Leaders in the secondary will beArnold, who were good. We’ll just grow form that and get
tied for the team lead with four interceptions that going in the right direction.”

By Ann Tormet/ThisWeek

Central’s Keegan Varner is prepared to begin his first full season as the starting quarter-
back. His only other start was in a 14-7 victory over Marysville in last year’s season finale.

Continued from page 37 seniors and our captains,” Buchanan said of a
postseason bid. “That’s something that we’re
most experienced returning wide receiver. Other really looking forward to. Last year was a great

. . . .
receivers are seniors Randy LaGair (6-0, 170), year winning the OCC title and we look to
Tyler Stevenson (6-1, 195) and Taylor Miller defend that, but we definitely want to take it
(6-4, 210), junior Grant Fresch (5-11, 160) and deeper this year.”
sophomore Luke Meissner (5-10, 145). Fresch Last season, Pickerington North (2-3),
is one of coach Fresch’s sons. Delaware (2-3), Thomas Worthington (1-4)
Seniors Jake Shepherd (G, 5-9, 235), Ben and Central Crossing (1-4) completed the divi-
Zoky (G, 6-0, 180), Tyler Cochran (C, 6-4, sion.
“We have to keep improving and add to the
225), D.J. Loy (T, 6-4, 260), Adam Veddern
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depth,” Fresch said.

(G, 5-11, 245), Matt Johns (T, 6-3, 215) and
“The toughest thing is setting the goal after
Doug McNabb (T, 6-3, 245) and junior Corey winning the league title last year and going 6-
Williams (T, 6-0, 250) should lead the offen- 4, but we lost a lot of four-year starters. We
sive line. have some big shoes to fill. We’re waiting to
Senior Ben Buchanan, an Ohio State recruit, see if some of these younger guys or some of Office of Alumni Relations
provides the Warhawks with a solid weapon the seniors can step it up and take over the chal-
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team’s punter, made a 60-yard field goal in a
scrimmage at Granville on Aug. 11.
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Buchanan made the longest field goal in the

state last season, 54 yards in a 7-6 loss to Big
He added field goals of 47, 44 and 40 yards,
and was 6-for-10 from inside 55 yards.
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Buchanan was perfect on 14 extra-point con-

versions and was first-team all-OCC.
Defensive coordinator Dave Sheely is pleased
with the progress of the defense.
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Returning players include senior Bret Dixon
at middle linebacker (6-0, 200), Ray at defen-
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season will it be?

sive tackle, Smith at outside linebacker, Varner
at safety and Lawson at cornerback.
WARHAWKS! See award-winning
Other contributors are expected to be seniors
Sam Baird (DE, 6-0, 195), Stevenson (DE),
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Central has its sights on another OCC-Cen- 614-895-8020
tral title, along with its first playoff berth.
38 “I think that’s a big goal, especially for the