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Gafford eager to get season started
By SCOTT HENNEN
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
In 22 seasons coaching football, Jeff Gafford MARYSVILLE MONARCHS
Colors: Red and blue
is about to have a new experience. Coach: Jeff Gafford, first season
In his first year as coach of the Marysville Key players: Aric Blythe, Tyler Flick, Jon Fridley,
High School football team, Gafford will have Stephen Griffith, Levi Keeran, Pat Lynch, Aramis
the pick of the district to fill the roster of his Scranton and Jared Staats
On the Web: marysville.k12.oh.us
team. He finds the prospect exciting and can’t
2007 SCHEDULE
wait for the Monarchs to take the field Friday Aug. 24..............Marion Harding .................Home
at home against Marion Harding. Aug. 31..............Dublin Scioto......................Away
“Every school has things that are special Sept. 7...............Bellefontaine ....................Home
about it,” said Gafford, who took over last Sept. 14 ............Groveport .........................Home
Sept. 21 ............Olentangy...........................Away
February after Rich Weiskircher stepped down Sept. 28 ............Pickerington North ..............Away
after 19 seasons. “When I coached at Franklin Oct. 5 ................Central Crossing ...............Home
Heights they were part of a township, and at Oct. 12 ..............Thomas Worthington...........Away
Oct. 19 ..............Delaware............................Away
(Worthington) Kilbourne there were two schools Oct. 26 ..............Westerville Central ............Home
in the district. Marysville is a one-school town 2006 RESULTS
and the people love their football. That’s really (6-4 overall, 4-1 OCC-Central)
exciting and I think it will really be electric Marion Harding .......................................L, 17-14
here on Friday nights.” Dublin Scioto ..........................................L, 34-30 By Adam Cairns/ThisWeek
Bellefontaine..........................................W, 28-20
Gafford went 142-93 with eight playoff Groveport...............................................W, 21-20 Marysville’s Aramis Scranton intercepts a pass intended for Beechcroft’s Darrian Cordell
appearances at Franklin Heights and Kilbourne. Olentangy .................................................L, 34-9 on Aug. 11. The Monarchs open the season by playing host Friday to Marion Harding.
He retired after the 2005 season with a 98-67 Pickerington North ....................................W, 26-7
Central Crossing.......................................W, 35-7
record in 15 seasons with the Wolves. Thomas Worthington.................................W, 35-7 offensive line with junior center Neal Seymour The backfield is still in question with junior
The Monarchs were 6-4 overall last year and Delaware................................................W, 37-20 in the middle and a rotation of guards and tack- Paul Devine and sophomore Luke Fleming
4-1 in the OCC-Central Division, second to Westerville Central ....................................L, 14-7 les. At guard will be juniors Kevin Bennett and vying for the quarterback spot and senior Wyatt
Westerville Central (5-0) after falling to the Seth Blankenship as well as sophomores Scott Rauch and junior Brent Couchman at fullback.
Warhawks 14-7 in the final game. BE THE ONE to Arnold and Andre Philopot. Tackles will include The slotbacks will include senior Tyler Flick,
“We lost several kids to graduation, but kids champion senior Tyler Knapp, juniors Mitch Hammond juniors Jon Fridley and Zach Tangeman and
are supposed to graduate and we have to put life for patients in need. and Brian Mullaney and sophomore Nathan sophomore Brandon Brake.
people in there and do a good job,” Gafford 1-800-GIVE-LIFE Weeks. Flick and senior Jared Staats will play at
said. “We have 19 kids in the senior class and BloodSavesLives.org “We have at least three guards and three tight end and sophomore Justin Brogran will
I’ve been impressed with their effort and they’ve tackles and a couple of centers who we feel line up at wide receiver.
done everything we’ve asked of them. We’re can play,” Gafford said. “That way we are able Defensive coordinators Brent Johnson and
putting in a triple-option (offense) after they they are all working to learn.” to keep our linemen fresh and keep them from
had been running a wing-T, so it’s something Marysville expects to have depth on the wearing down, especially early in the season.” See MARYSVILLE, page 40

Westerville Central
Warhawks seeking
another successful year
By FRANK DiRENNA
ThisWeek Contributor

Westerville Central High School football


coach Bob Fresch has reason to be optimistic
At a glance
WESTERVILLE CENTRAL WARHAWKS
Colors: Silver and black
GO COMETS!
Coach: Bob Fresch, fifth season

August 22, 2007 • Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07
entering Friday’s opener at Dublin Jerome. Key players: Ben Buchanan, Tyler Cochran, Bret Dixon,
Despite losing several key players to grad- Onesiaum Glass, Ja’Quan Lawson, Doug McNabb,
uation, Central returns several key players from Jerome Ray, Jake Shepherd, Ryan Smith and Kee-
gan Varner
a team that earned the program’s first OCC On the Web: westerville.k12.oh.us
title last season. The Warhawks finished 5-0 2007 SCHEDULE
in the OCC-Central Division, one game ahead Aug. 24..............Dublin Jerome ....................Away
of runner-up Marysville. They were 6-4 over- Aug. 31..............Westerville South ..............Home
Sept. 7...............Dublin Coffman ..................Away
all. Sept. 14 ............Olentangy Liberty ..............Home
“It’s a new year, a new season, nothing is Sept. 21 ............Big Walnut ........................Home
proven,” Fresch said. “They have to go ahead Sept. 28 ............Delaware............................Away
and work hard and earn their keep this year.” Oct. 5 ................Pickerington North.............Home
Oct. 12 ..............Central Crossing.................Away
Senior quarterback Keegan Varner (6-foot, Oct. 19 ..............Thomas Worthington .........Home
190 pounds), who earned his first varsity start Oct. 26 ..............Marysville ..........................Away
at quarterback in a 14-7 win over Marysville 2006 RESULTS
last year, returns. His 57-yard touchdown pass (6-4 overall, 5-0 OCC-Central)
Dublin Jerome ..........................................W, 10-0
to graduate Reid Preisser with 1 minute, 17
seconds remaining lifted the Warhawks past
New Albany .................................................L, 7-0
Jonathan Alder ........................................L, 35-15
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Senior Ryan Smith (5-10, 207) led the team
Olentangy Liberty ....................................L, 33-27
Big Walnut ..................................................L, 7-6
Delaware..................................................W, 17-7
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in rushing last season with 703 yards on 150 Pickerington North ......................................W, 7-0
carries for a 4.7 average. He scored eight touch-
downs. Smith was first-team all-OCC.
Central Crossing.......................................W, 20-7
Thomas Worthington...............................W, 14-13
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Marysville ................................................W, 14-7
Other contributors in the backfield should
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Senior Ja’Quan Lawson (5-10, 155) is the
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