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Tigers to build on trip to state title game


By AARON BLANKENSHIP
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
Pickerington High School Central football PICKERINGTON CENTRAL TIGERS 2006 RESULTS
coach Jay Sharrett said there’s no danger of the Colors: Purple and white (13-2 overall, 5-0 OCC-Cardinal)
Coach: Jay Sharrett, fifth season Reynoldsburg.............................................W, 34-0
Tigers resting on their laurels after winning the Key players: Zach Boren, Blaine Burgess, Brennen Canal Winchester.......................................W, 35-0
OCC-Cardinal Division, advancing to the Divi- Fraley, Eisen Hardy, Tim McGougan, Aaron Rittgers, Groveport ..................................................W, 35-7
sion II state championship game and finishing Patrick White, Jamie Wood and Kyle Wood Westerville North .....................................W, 42-10
13-2 overall. On the Web: pickerington.k12.oh.us Lancaster.................................................L, 24-10
In fact, Sharrett expects the success from last 2007 SCHEDULE Worthington Kilbourne..............................W, 42-21
Dublin Jerome ...........................................W, 31-0
season — which ended with a 26-7 loss to Piqua Aug. 24..............Reynoldsburg .....................Home
Olentangy..................................................W, 50-7
in the state final — to have a positive carryover. Aug. 31..............Piqua .................................Home
Sept. 7...............Groveport ............................Away Westerville South.....................................W, 27-10
“I was pleased to see that a lot of the momen- Sept. 14 ............Westerville North .................Away Mount Vernon ............................................W, 49-6
tum from last year carried through into the off- Sept. 21 ............Lancaster...........................Home PLAYOFFS
season for us,” said Sharrett, whose team will Sept. 28 ............Worthington Kilbourne ..........Away Canfield...................................................W, 42-37
open Friday at home against Reynoldsburg. Oct. 5 ................Dublin Jerome ....................Home Watkins Memorial ......................................W, 49-7
“That experience has been beneficial for us Oct. 12 ..............Olentangy ............................Away Watterson..................................................W, 13-3
Oct. 19 ..............Westerville South.................Away Macedonia Nordonia ....................................W, 7-3
in so many ways. Our kids’morale is good, and Oct. 26 ..............Mount Vernon.....................Home Piqua .........................................................L, 26-7
after getting a taste of that kind of success they
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going to be a champion. Because of our playoff
run, they all got in an extra five games and five ies. Peters and Smith were special mention all- On defense, Central allowed 1,689 rushing
weeks of practice, which is very valuable, too.” state and first-team all-district and all-league, yards on 569 carries and 1,313 passing yards
The Tigers have some key players to replace and Burk was second-team all-district and first- on 123 completions and 250 attempts.
on offense after losing quarterback ChazzAnder- The Tigers went 5-0 in the OCC-Cardinal and
team all-league.
son, running back Jordan Jarrell and wide receiver
Brian Peters to graduation. The returning starters are senior inside finished ahead of Olentangy (3-2), Westerville By Chris Parker/ThisWeek

Anderson completed 139 of 251 passes for linebacker Brennen Fraley (5-10, 190), senior Central coach Jay Sharrett has four starters
2,066 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for cornerback Eisen Hardy (5-10, 170), junior See TIGERS, page 33 returning on both offense and defense.
140 yards and six touchdowns on 66 carries. He linebacker Zach Boren (6-1, 240) and White at
was first-team all-state and all-district and the cornerback.

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OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year. Other key defensive returnees are senior line-
Jarrell rushed for a program-record 2,185 men Rittgers and Michael Williams (6-0, 260),
yards on 312 carries and scored a program-record senior defensive backs Chris Turner (5-10, 170),
28 touchdowns. He was second-team all-state junior defensive backs Raymond and Jamie

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and first-team all-district and all-OCC. Peters Wood, sophomore defensive back Kristoff, senior Volleyball • Men’s Basketball
had 32 catches for 491 yards and four touch- linebacker Ken Stanback (6-2, 190) and Burgess
downs. at linebacker. Women’s Basketball • Men’s and Women’s Tennis
“I don’t know if you can fill any of those guys Last year, Fraley, Hardy (4 interceptions) and
shoes with one player,” Sharrett said. “We’ll Rittgers were second-team all-league. Baseball • Golf • Softball
need several players to contribute and carry that “Defensively, we’ve been an attacking front
burden.” since 1998, and we’re going to continue to turn
Four offensive starters have returned — senior Associate’s Degrees • Bachelor’s Degrees
our kids loose,” Sharrett said.
left guardAaron Rittgers (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), The Tigers set a program-record for victories Master’s Degrees • Skills Certificates
senior right tackle Tim McGougan (6-1, 235), last season and advanced past a state semifinal
junior wide receiver Patrick White (6-1, 175) for the first time. Central outscored its oppo-
and junior tight end Blaine Burgess (6-3, 230). nents 473-161, rushed for 3,232 yards and 48
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White had 20 catches for 366 yards and one touchdowns on 574 carries and completed 149
touchdown. of 272 passes for 2,153 yards, with 14 touch-
Vying to start at quarterback are juniors John downs and 10 interceptions.
Montgomery (6-0, 165) and Nick Raymond (5-
8, 160) and sophomore Josh Kristoff (6-0, 175).
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Montgomery completed five of 18 passes for

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46 yards.
Seniors Trae Myers (5-9, 165) and Austen
Payne (5-7, 165) will share the running back
duties. Senior Kyle Wood (6-1, 180) and junior
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Jamie Wood (6-2, 185) have returned to a


receivers corps that includes Matt Burgoon (5-
8, 165) and D.J. Morris (6-3, 180).
Last year, Kyle Wood had 15 catches for 178
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yards and Jamie Wood had 16 catches for 332
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Senior J.D. Wisniowski (6-2, 190) will play
tight end, senior Eddie Jackson (5-11, 200) will
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play left tackle and junior Max Holbrook (5-11,
200) and sophomore Bill Hinterschied (5-9, 185)
will split time a right guard.
“We’re still running the same one-back (pro
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set) offense, and I have confidence in our new
starters,” Sharrett said. “Our bigger concern right
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