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Thin leagues mean difficult schedules

ThisWeek Staff Writer Inside the division
As long as the CCL-Silver Divi- 2006 SILVER STANDINGS 2007 SCHEDULE
sion is comprised of just three pro- Team League Overall Sept. 28
Watterson 2-0 9-4 DeSales at St. Charles
grams, there might not be a more DeSales 1-1 9-4 Oct. 5
important game in terms of winning St. Charles 0-2 7-3 Watterson at DeSales
the championship than the one 2006 GOLD STANDINGS Oct. 19
between the DeSales and Watterson Team League Overall St. Charles at Watterson
high school football teams. Hartley 1-0 5-5 Oct. 26
Ready 0-1 7-3 Hartley at Ready
But in terms of playoff qualifica-
tion, having just three teams means
that every other game on the sched- of snapping a nine-game losing streak of 10-win seasons snapped at five. In
ule for DeSales, Watterson and St. against against the Eagles. addition to again facing Division I
Charles — which hasn’t won a CCL The Stallions will try to accom- playoff qualifier Westerville South
game since it beat Watterson 10-8 in plish that goal without Bob Jacoby (home, Sept. 7), the Eagles must play
2000 — becomes that much more as their coach. During his 19-year defending state champions
important. tenure, DeSales went 8-14 against Steubenville (away, Sept. 28) and
The Eagles advanced to the post- the Eagles, including three playoff Youngstown Mooney (home, Oct.
season for the eighth consecutive sea- losses. 26). The Big Red have won 30 in a
son and 14th time in 15 years last Ryan Wiggins, a former assistant row but are moving to Division IV.
season and the Stallions qualified for who wasAkron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Mason Takacs is back at quarter-
the 13th year in a row. The Cardinals By Giles Clement/ThisWeek coach last year, took over last Decem- back after passing for more than 1,200
haven’t made it since 2002. There will be a new look on the DeSales sidelines this season as Ryan ber. His first team faces a schedule yards last season and senior tackle
St. Charles inched back into con- Wiggins has replaced Bob Jacoby. that includes 2006 playoff qualifiers Matt Grieser also returns to lead the
tention a year ago when it finished Toledo St. John’s (home, Aug. 31) offense.
7-3 and placed ninth in Division II, which finished 8-2 last year (away, coach Ted Wierzbicki said. “It’s a and New Albany (home, Sept. 14) in “I don’t think (it changes any-
Region 7, but knows it never will have Aug. 31) and must play last year’s joke trying to find eight non-league addition to the league matchups. thing),” coach Dan Bjelac said of
any easy league games. Division IV state runner-up, Jonathan games. What other league in the state Last year, St. Charles lost to DeSales having a new coach. “It’s
In addition to playing defending Alder (away, Oct. 12). is like that?” DeSales 35-0 and Watterson 34-0, that it’s Watterson and DeSales that
City League-North Division cham- “The reason for our schedule is DeSales plays Sept. 28 at St. and Watterson beat DeSales 40-34. is the big thing. No matter what, it
pion Beechcroft (away, Sept. 7), the because the CCL is a joke with only Charles and then must face Watter- Watterson also has added strength
Cardinals have added a Bexley team two (league games),” St. Charles son on Oct. 5 at home with its hopes to its schedule after seeing its string See CCL, page 68

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Bishop Watterson
Eagles expecting another deep run in playoffs
By JARROD ULREY The 6-3, 204-pound Takacs completed 70 of wing-T base offense a year ago and will con- touchdowns and Mahaffey had 22 rushes for
ThisWeek Staff Writer 144 passes for 1,285 yards with 15 touchdowns tinue to show the same style, with juniors Jor- 140 yards and two scores. Seniors Kevin Brooks
and six interceptions and rushed 94 times for dan Gelhaus and Kevin Obyc and senior Mau- and Mike Krzan will be the wingbacks.
Watterson High School senior Mason Takacs 281 yards with seven touchdowns. rice Zigler expected to be the tailbacks. Obyc Expected to rotate at wide receiver are seniors
isn’t afraid to say it. The second-team all-district selection has saw some action last year, when Gelhaus was a Ralph Farina, Scott Kabelac, Mark Laird and
Beginning his second season as the starting received interest from Mid-American Confer- key running back for St. Charles. Alex Vaccaro and juniors John Wallace and Seth
quarterback of the football team and one of four ence schools and is backed up by juniors Chris Seniors John Passen and Michael Mahaffey Willoughby.
captains, Takacs knows the Eagles are in a much Byorth and Pat Nester. and junior Ryan Kiger will be the fullbacks.
better position than they were at this point last The Eagles added a shotgun look to their Passen rushed 51 times for 189 yards and three See WATTERSON, page 51
season when they returned only two seniors with
Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07 • August 22, 2007

With his teammates surrounding him in the
school’s weight room last Monday, he uttered
the team’s ultimate goal — and it’s a lofty one.
“I think we have a really good chance to win
Good Luck
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whose team opens Friday at home against a
Willoughby South team that went 7-3 last sea-
son but failed to make the Division II playoffs.
“We’ve had some good teams the past couple Check on your rivals
years, but this is one of our best chances.”
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