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OLENTANGY
New coach brings fresh approach Continued from page 29
hits, 52 assists and two fumble recoveries
By FRANK DiRENNA The senior-laden unit also will include tackle
ThisWeek Contributor At a glance Curt Shultz, center Collin Wiggins and guards
Jeremy Jacobs and Seth Kelling.
and was second-team all-OCC.
Areas of concern for the Braves are rebuild-
First-year coach Gary Keller hopes to bring MOUNT VERNON YELLOW JACKETS Keller said his team will use multiple-scheme ing the defensive line and defensive backfield.
a fresh attitude to the Mount Vernon High Colors: Orange and black defenses.The line will feature seniors Nate Gone are defensive backs Donovan Dula, Evan
Coach: Gary Keller, first season Dahn, Anthony Korpieski and David Zehn-
School football program. Key players: Trevor Boyd, Joe Galle, Brian Hoar, Kyle
Woodford (DE) and Rex Little (NG), junior
Keller replaces Scott Spitler, who stepped Shackle and Caleb Tier Devin Allnutt (T) and sophomore Dane Cullen der. Korpieski and Dula were first-team all-
down after last year’s team finished 1-9 over- On the Web: mt-vernon.k12.oh.us (DE). Juniors Chris Hinger, Kevin Burdulis OCC.
all and 0-5 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. His 2007 SCHEDULE and Cameron Grandstaff will man the linebacker Vying for time at free safety are senior Matt
first team will open Friday at McConnelsville Aug. 24..............McConnelsville Morgan .......Away positions. The secondary will include seniors Silvia (6-0, 163) and junior Ben Spragg (6-
Morgan. Aug. 31..............Wooster .............................Away Shane Lester and Aaron Beeman and juniors 2, 173). Juniors Tom Carpenter (6-0, 185) and
Keller was the head coach at Ashland Uni- Sept. 7...............Mansfield Madison............Home Hoar, Jim Perry and Zach Melton. C.J. Eichler (6-0, 162) are competing for the
Sept. 14 ............Delaware ..........................Home
versity from 1994-2003 before taking over at Sept. 21 ............Watkins Memorial .............Home Junior Corey Sheller will handle kicking strong safety spot.
Mansfield Senior in 2004. He coached there Sept. 28 ............Westerville South ...............Away duties and and sophomore Zack Roden will Dawson, senior Justin Hughey (6-3, 177),
for three seasons. He will teach in the career- Oct. 5 ................Worthington Kilbourne .......Home punt. junior Joey Carlson (5-9, 155) and sophomore
based intervention program at Mount Vernon. Oct. 12 ..............Dublin Jerome ....................Away “We have a pretty good number of young Corey Joe (5-9, 160) are expected to see time
“We want to set a system up where we can Oct. 19 ..............Olentangy .........................Home men who came out for football,” Keller said.
Oct. 26 ..............Pickerington Central............Away at cornerback.
be competitive,” Keller said. “We have to start “I’m encouraged with the kids that we have. Junior Zac Kerin (6-4, 225) and sopho-
2006 RESULTS
basically at ground level and just start work- (1-9 overall, 0-5 OCC-Cardinal)
I’m new to the system and I’m new to the teams more Eric Barnes (6-3, 235) look to join Cun-
ing our program and try and develop kids. We McConnelsville Morgan...........................W, 37-32 that we play. I’m not real familiar, but I’m very ningham at defensive tackle. Anunike and
want to work on their attitudes, both on and Wooster..................................................L, 24-14 happy with the kids that we have.” juniors Oglesbee, Josh Hillard (6-3, 225),
off the field. We want to take small steps to Mansfield Madison..................................L, 40-19 Last season, theYellow Jackets finished last Matt Fischer (6-3, 215) and Anthony Zabonik
make ourselves better.” Delaware ................................................L, 34-29 in the OCC-Cardinal behind Pickerington Cen-
Watkins Memorial......................................L, 49-6 (5-11, 176) are competing for time at defen-
TheYellow Jackets will feature several new tral (5-0), Westerville South (3-2), Olentangy
Westerville South ......................................L, 56-8 sive end.
players but have a key returnee in senior quar- Worthington Kilbourne .............................L, 55-14 (3-2), Worthington Kilbourne (3-2) and Dublin
terback Kyle Shackle, who will direct the run- Jerome (1-4). Joining Pepper and Langwasser at linebacker
Dublin Jerome.........................................L, 56-19
and-shoot offense. Olentangy .................................................L, 38-6 Central again is expected to be the team to are juniors Trevor Thrash (5-11, 195) and
“It will be a big help for us to have a guy Pickerington Central...................................L, 49-6 beat in the division. The Tigers reached the Blake Files (5-10, 175) and sophomore Aaron
that has some experience,” Keller said. “He Division II state final last season, falling to Gutentag (5-11, 155).
has stepped forward. He is the veteran quar- BE THE ONE to Piqua 26-7. “We lost some great players, but I think
terback on our squad.” champion Mount Vernon’s lone win a year ago came we’re going to have a little more speed and
agility to our defense this year,” Anunike said.
Junior Brian Hoar will back up Shackle. life for patients in need. in the opener against Morgan 37-32, and the
A potentially deep backfield will include 1-800-GIVE-LIFE Yellow Jackets finished 0-10 in 2005. “I know we’re going to win games, but the
senior Trevor Boyd, juniors Jordan Brooks and BloodSavesLives.org “My big thing right now is each time we thing we have to be careful of is thinking we
Cody Reed and sophomores Jordan Williamson step out on the field I want to see improve- are invincible and stop working hard in prac-
and Justin Edwards. Wide receivers include ment,” Keller said. “If we can do that and we’re tice. That was kind of our downfall last year.
seniors Caleb Tier and Drew Cheek, and junior At 6-foot-2, 270 pounds, senior tackle Joe getting better as a football team then I feel We need to keep a cool head and make plays.”
Alex Anderson. Galle should anchor the offensive line. good about what we’re doing.”

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