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Tigers must replace strong senior class
By JARROD ULREY Also lost to graduation were Sher- sive line.
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance man Moorer-Saunders (QB) and
Scott Craft (WR/DB).
“Offensively we looked good (in
a scrimmage Aug. 11 against Har-
With as much experience and one COLUMBUS EAST TIGERS Oct. 5...........Centennial.................Away Senior Chris Miller (5-foot-10, 180 vest Prep and Linden-McKinley) but
Colors: Orange and black Oct. 12.........Brookhaven ...............Away
of its most talented offensive units Coach: Mike White, 10th season Oct. 19.........Mifflin ......................Home
pounds) played last year at corner- there are some things we need to work
since coach Mike White took over in Key players: Chris Carter, David Elliott, Oct. 26.........Linden .....................Home back and wide receiver but will lead on,” Tyrone Willoughby said. “I think
1998, the Columbus East High School Chris Miller, Lamar Smoots, James Swan- 2006 RESULTS an I-formation offense at quarterback. it’s been going well so far.”
football team posted its first non-los- son and Tyrone Willoughby (5-5 overall, 4-3 City-North) Senior Chris Carter and sophomore Defensively, East will use a 5-2
On the Web: columbus.k12.oh.us/ Eastmoor .................................L, 40-14
ing season a year ago since going east/index.html South..................................L, 18-8 (OT) Anthony Curry will be the tailbacks package that features Swanson at
8-3 in 1999. Briggs........................................W, 30-0 and senior Donovan Miller and sopho- linebacker, Willoughby and Williams
2007 SCHEDULE Whetstone...................................W, 6-3
Things could turn out to be much Aug. 28 ........Eastmoor ..................Away more Adrian McGee are at fullback. at end and Elliott, Morgan and Pear-
Beechcroft..................................L, 22-2
tougher this season for the Tigers, Aug. 31 ........West........................Home Centennial...............................W, 34-14 Sophomore T.C. Turner will lead the son at tackle. Jones should see action
who open Friday at Eastmoor Sept. 7.........Cincinnati Aiken........Home Brookhaven ..............................L, 27-12 wide receiver corps. throughout the line.
Academy. Sept. 14.......Northland ..................Away Mifflin.......................................L, 22-17 Junior James Swanson (6-1, 175) Joining Swanson at linebacker will
Sept. 21.......Whetstone ...............Home Northland ..................................W, 14-0
After going 5-5 overall and 4-3 in Sept. 28.......Beechcroft ...............Home Linden.......................................W, 18-6 made second-team all-City last year be McGee, while Carter and Turner
the City League-North Division to and will play at wide receiver or on will be at cornerback, Miller will play
finish fifth behind Beechcroft (6-1), Be a champion for life — donate blood!
the offensive line. Junior Tyrone free safety and Diante Ward will be
Brookhaven (5-2), Mifflin (5-2) and 1-800-GIVE-LIFE S www.BloodSavesLives.org Willoughby (6-1, 185), who is at strong safety.
Northland (5-2), the Tigers have just Jonathan’s brother, is expected to be In league play last season, the
32 players out — few of whom have at tight end or on the offensive line Tigers’ 14-0 victory over Northland
experience. The Tigers had one of the strongest last season. Trey Fowlkes, who was and junior Josh Williams also will kept the Vikings from earning a
“We’re real young,” said White, senior classes a year ago among City- first-team all-district and made the play at tight end. share of the City-North title.
who has gone 23-67 in nine seasons. North teams. Jonathan Willoughby ThisWeek Super 25, now is playing Senior Russell Morgan, juniors “Our defense will be quick to the
“We’re working on everything. We is gone from the backfield after rush- for Hampton. Willie Poindexter, who David Elliott (C, 5-7, 240), Patrick ball,” White said. “Offensively we’re
don’t really have any strengths or ing for more than 1,600 yards as a finished with 147 tackles and was Jones and Jeff Pearson (T) and sopho- going to have to struggle to find our-
weaknesses right now because we’re junior when he was special mention second-team all-district, is compet- more Lamar Smoots (6-0, 260) are selves. We won five games last year
working from the ground up.” all-district and more than 900 yards ing for a junior college in Iowa. others who should play on the offen- and we’d like to improve on that.”

Mifflin

Punchers focusing
on conditioning
By JARROD ULREY
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
During the minutes that followed his team’s MIFFLIN PUNCHERS
opening scrimmage against 2006 Division IV Colors: Blue and white
Coach: Brian Miller, fifth season
playoff qualifier Eastmoor on Aug. 10, Mifflin Key players: Adrian Arter, Desmond Hairston, Den-
High School football coach Brian Miller greeted zel Kenley, DeShawn Morton, Jordan Stanley, Isaiah
several onlookers with the observation, “We’ve Thompson and Ray Watters
got to get in better shape.” On the Web: mifflinhs.org
He had only about 35 players that day, and 2007 SCHEDULE
the Punchers should have 50 on the sidelines Aug. 24..............Gahanna ............................Away
Aug. 31..............Marion-Franklin .................Home
when they open Friday at Gahanna. Sept. 7...............Walnut Ridge ......................Away
Still, despite having athleticism as one of its Sept. 14 ............Centennial .........................Away
strengths, Mifflin knows it will have fewer bod- Sept. 21 ............Beechcroft........................Home
ies to work with than most of its opponents. Sept. 28 ............Northland .........................Home

August 22, 2007 • Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07
“We’re going to be doing a lot of condition- Oct. 5 ................Linden ...............................Away
Oct. 12 ..............Whetstone........................Home
ing or Gahanna is going to kill us,” Miller said. Oct. 19 ..............East...................................Away
“We were probably only at about 50 percent (in Oct. 26 ..............Brookhaven ......................Home
the opening scrimmage) of where we need to 2006 RESULTS
be.” (5-5 overall, 5-2 City-North)
For the third season in a row, two of the Punch- Gahanna...................................................L, 40-0
ers’three non-league opponents made the play- Marion-Franklin..........................................L, 12-2
Worthington Kilbourne ...............................L, 21-0
offs the year before.After facing the Lions, who Beechcroft ..............................................L, 34-20
were 8-4 and pounded the Punchers 40-0 last Northland .................................................L, 24-6
year, Mifflin plays host to Division II playoff- Linden ...................................................W, 22-12 By Paul Vernon/ThisWeek
qualifier Marion-Franklin onAug. 31. The Punch- Whetstone ...............................................W, 20-0 Mifflin’s DeShawn Morton, who was second-team all-City last year, returns at fullback for
ers have replaced Worthington Kilbourne, which East ......................................................W, 22-17
Centennial ...............................................W, 14-6 the Punchers. Mifflin opens the season Friday at Gahanna.
made the playoffs two years ago, with Walnut Brookhaven................................................W, 6-0
Ridge (away, Sept. 7). Carlos Hardiman. didn’t want to show too much, but I feel like we
The Punchers lost their first five last season, BE THE ONE to Senior Isaiah Thompson (6-0, 185), who did pretty good (in the first scrimmage),” Ken-
including 34-20 to eventual City League-North
Division champion Beechcroft, but won their
champion played at Hartley last season, will be at wide
receiver along with senior Curtis Anderson.
ley said. “We just need to keep working hard,
be dedicated and have everybody coming to
life for patients in need.
final five, including edging Brookhaven 6-0 in Senior Toure Benton (6-3, 210) will be at tight practice. I think we’ve got a great team. We def-
the finale. That victory kept the Bearcats from 1-800-GIVE-LIFE end. initely have the athletes.”
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earning a share of the title with Beechcroft and Senior Denzel Kenley is back at center after Benton, Kenley and Watters will lead a defen-
gave the Punchers a tie with Brookhaven and making second-team all-City and is a captain sive line that also includes senior Kenny Boateng.
Northland for second at 5-2 in the City-North (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) as their quarterback to along with Arter, Thompson and senior tackle Morton and Hardiman are at linebacker. Join-
behind the Cougars (6-1). start the season. Chris Harris, a 5-7 senior, saw Ray Watters (6-1, 250). ing Harris in the secondary are sophomores Mar-
After finishing 7-4 in 2002 under former coach action behind center last season but is expected Joining them on the line are freshmanAnthony vin McCombs and Jaylin Littlefield and junior
Brian Staats, Mifflin has gone 19-21 in four sea- to play strong safety. Pruitt (6-4, 308) and juniors Mike Gardner (6- Abdulwahab Dhudhi.
sons under Miller and hasn’t made it back to the Junior DeShawn Morton (5-8, 210), who 3, 275) and Jordan Stanley (6-4, 335). Stanley “We were second in the league last year and
playoffs. made second-team all-City, is back at fullback made second-team all-City last year but missed won our last five games,” Miller said. “I don’t
If the Punchers are to reach that goal, they and will be joined in the backfield by senior the first scrimmage with a hand injury. expect to lose. We took a step last year and I
will do so with sophomore Desmond Hairston AdrianArter, junior Jorell Davis and sophomore “We were missing a couple players and we don’t expect a letdown.” 55