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New coach brings new attitude to Comets

By MARK ZIBRIK There’s a lot of potential here for the pair of kickoffs for touchdowns against
ThisWeek Contributor At a glance future.”
Central Crossing lost 15 graduates,
Olentangy Liberty.
Tommy Black (6-1, 209) and Sam
There’s definitely new feeling sur- CENTRAL CROSSING COMETS Oct. 12 .......Westerville Central.....Home and Cody Beatty and Shane Usner Burns (5-10, 178) provide power and
rounding the Central Crossing High Colors: Royal blue and silver Oct. 19 .......Pickerington North.......Away transferred to Grove City. Before last speed. Black also plays basketball and
Coach: Rick Vaughn, first season Oct. 26 .......Delaware...................Home
School football team. Key players: Brad Arnold, Jason Faiella,
season, Desmon Crockett, Sidney Hill, baseball and Burns was a member of
First-year coach Rick Vaughn has 2006 RESULTS Tony Jackson and Aaron Mickens the Division I state-qualifying 400-
Shajuan Grace, David Himmeger, Julian (2-8 overall, 1-4 OCC-Central)
brought a newfound excitement to a Jackson, Nate Samson and Cameron Tarver Watkins Memorial .......................L, 34-0 transferred to Westland, where they meter relay for the boys track and field
program which never has won more On the Web: Teays Valley ...............................W, 20-3 helped the Cougars reach the playoffs team last spring.
than three games in a season. Last year 2007 SCHEDULE Olentangy Liberty ......................L, 33-21 for the first time. Another junior in the mix should
under Ted Papas, Central Crossing fin- Aug. 24.......Watkins Memorial........Away Dublin Jerome ............................L, 27-0 Usner was first-team all-OCC for be Chris Sanders (5-8, 170).
ished 2-8 for the third consecutive sea- Aug. 31.......Whetstone.................Home Westerville North ........................L, 20-0 the second consecutive season, and The receiving corps is led by senior
Sept. 7 .......Teays Valley ...............Home Thomas Worthington ...................L, 24-7
son and went 1-4 in the OCC-Central Sept. 14 .....Dublin Jerome ...........Home Marysville...................................L, 35-7 Beatty was second-team all-OCC. Brad Arnold (6-0, 172), who had five
Division, tied with Thomas Wor- Sept. 21 .....Westerville North.........Away Westerville Central......................L, 20-7 Offensively, the Comets managed touchdowns and was honorable men-
thington behind Westerville Central Sept. 28 .....Thomas Worthington ..Home Pickerington North ....................L, 14-10 just nine touchdowns in 10 games last tion all-OCC last year.
(5-0), Marysville (4-1), Pickerington Oct. 5 .........Marysville ...................Away Delaware ....................................L, 11-6 year. Other targets include seniors Faiella
North (2-3) and Delaware (2-3). Barker (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) and (5-11, 174) and Nate Samson (5-9,
Papas, who resigned and now is the Be a champion for life — donate blood! sophomore Vinnie Williamson are 168) and junior Torrey Smith (5-8,
defensive coordinator at Grove City, 1-800-GIVE-LIFE S competing for the quarterback job. 155), as well as junior tight end Sha-
went 9-41 overall and 6-23 in the OCC Williamson started last year in a spread juan Grace (6-3, 226).
in five seasons. formation and passed for 827 yards The linemen are seniors Cody Brent
“We have great new vibe,” said Barker said of camp compared to years made four playoff appearances and and six touchdowns, but the Comets (5-11, 196), David Himmeger (5-11,
senior wide receiver and defensive past. “It’s so much more positive. We won the Division I state title in 1996. now have a more balanced attack. 244) and Tony Pastorek, juniors Julian
back Jason Faiella, whose team will don’t have some of the talent we’ve He served as an assistant for one Barker was named the starter last Jackson (5-10, 276) and Charles
open Friday at Watkins Memorial. had in the past, but the coaches bring season under Kerry Hodakievic at season before making way for Williamson (5-9, 207) and sophomores
“It’s a whole different mindset and a that themselves. They are more player Reynoldsburg in 2003. He was the Williamson. As a sophomore, Barker Robert Herron and Matt Schramm.
completely different environment. friendly.” defensive coordinator at Chillicothe threw four touchdowns. After giving up 216 points last year,
Before it was go out there and do what Vaughn was the head coach at his for the two years before that. “It’s good to have that type of expe- Central Crossing has adopted an attack-
you can. Now we expect nothing less alma mater, Lima Senior, for three “It’s awesome to get an opportu- rience,”Vaughn said. “As a head coach, ing style of play.
than winning. CoachVaughn is a great seasons, going 4-6 in 2004, 1-9 in 2005 nity to get back,” Vaughn said. “The it’s a nice problem to have.” “We’ll blitz somebody every play,”
guy. We expect to win every play we and 2-8 last fall. He also was the defen- OCC has some great teams and tra- Junior Cameron Tarver (6-1, 172) Faiella said. “(Against) a lot of teams
are out there.” sive coordinator there for nine sea- ditions and continues to grow. A lot leads the way at running back. Tarver’s
“No comparison,” senior Mike sons, during which time the Spartans of good things are happening here. highlights last year were returning a See COMETS, page 38

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at defensive end last season, takes over as the

starting quarterback. He replaces graduate Ryan
Sparks, who completed 60 of 129 passes for
Central Crossing
643 yards with three touchdowns and nine inter-
ceptions and rushed for 309 yards and two touch- “Old World Cooking”
The time is GREEN & SONS, LTD.
downs on 89 carries (3.5 yards per carry).
Last season as Sparks’ backup, Hoffman
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completed three of six passes for 67 yards and
one touchdown. Juckett could develop into the Luck Isn’t life great??

team’s go-to receiver. Last year he had 14 recep-

tions for 177 yards and a touchdown.
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defense in Corbin (T), Howell (LB) and senior

Nick Bailey (5-11, 180), who played linebacker
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