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Spread offense
has given Lancers
shot of enthusiasm
By KURTIS ADAMS
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
Coach Scott Elwer is finding it hard to con- LAKEWOOD LANCERS
trol his enthusiasm for the Lakewood High Colors: Red, white and blue
Coach: Scott Elwer, third season
School football team. Key players: Michael Albaneese, Tony Baldazo, Jared
Never mind those three combined wins enter- Heck, Nick Klingerman, Chase Meldau, Cody Men-
ing his third season and last year’s 1-9 overall tor, Nick Roelle and Andrew Yakubesin
finish included a seventh-place showing (1-6) On the Web: lakewoodlocal.k12.oh.us
in the MSL-Ohio Division won by Licking Val- 2007 SCHEDULE
ley (7-0). Aug. 24..............West Muskingum................Away
“We are very excited,” he said. “We have Aug. 31..............Canal Winchester..............Home
Sept. 7...............Northridge ........................Home
By Chris Parker/ThisWeek more guys out (50) than before, and we’ve never Sept. 14 ............Heath ................................Away
had so many upperclassmen. Our players are Sept. 22 ............Newark Catholic .................Away
The Bulldogs’ Nick Jones, a two-year starter at cornerback, also is expected to receive much more athletic, too.” Sept. 28 ............Columbus Academy...........Home
playing time as a slot back. The Lancers have joined Utica in switching Oct. 5 ................Bexley................................Away
Oct. 12 ..............Licking Valley......................Away
to a spread offense this season. They managed
Heath At a glance only 58 total points a year ago, 48 of which
Oct. 19 ..............Whitehall ..........................Home
Oct. 26 ..............Granville ...........................Home
came in the final three games, and were shut 2006 RESULTS

Bulldogs HEATH BULLDOGS


Colors: Brown, white and orange
Coach: Mark Collier, third season
Key players: Nick Jones, Chuck LaRue, Cameron
Ross and Dylan Wethey
out five times. The lone victory was 20-7 in the
finale at winless Whitehall.
“We’re really going to try and make teams
defend us sideline to sideline,” said Elwer, whose
(1-9 overall, 1-6 MSL-Ohio)
West Muskingum.......................................L, 30-7
Hillsboro ...................................................L, 12-0
Watkins Memorial......................................L, 38-0
Granville ...................................................L, 45-3

to feature
team opens Friday at West Muskingum. Last Heath .......................................................L, 27-0
On the Web: heath.k12.oh.us
year, West Muskingum prevailed 30-7 in a game Newark Catholic ........................................L, 29-0
2007 SCHEDULE
Aug. 24..............Millersport........................Home
that marked the last time the Lancers would Columbus Academy ...................................L, 42-0
score a touchdown until a 49-21 loss at Bexley Bexley ....................................................L, 49-21
Aug. 31..............Johnstown..........................Away Licking Valley ............................................L, 50-7
in the eighth game.

new look
Sept. 7...............Utica..................................Away Whitehall .................................................W, 20-7
Sept. 14 ............Lakewood .........................Home That isn’t to say Elwer had no talent on that
Sept. 21 ............Licking Valley......................Away team. There just wasn’t enough of it. Graduate
Sept. 28 ............Newark Catholic ................Home
Josh Atkins, who made second-team all-district BE THE ONE to
Oct. 5 ................Whitehall............................Away
in Division III, rushed for 1,073 yards and three champion
on offense
Oct. 12 ..............Columbus Academy...........Home
Oct. 19 ..............Granville.............................Away touchdowns and was one of just seven running life for patients in need.
Oct. 26 ..............Bexley ..............................Home backs in Licking County to surpass the 1,000- 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
2006 RESULTS yard barrier.Among others, also departing were BloodSavesLives.org
(5-5 overall, 3-4 MSL-Ohio) Chris Riley (QB/DB) and Casey Robinson (OL),
By KURTIS ADAMS Delaware ................................................L, 36-31 who made special mention all-district.
Johnstown .............................................W, 34-28 Klingerman (5-10, 220), Jared Heck (5-11, 230)
ThisWeek Staff Writer Utica......................................................W, 35-20 Awards might be more plentiful in 2007.
Bexley ....................................................L, 56-35 Senior AndrewYakubesin (5-foot-9, 165 yards) and Aaron Bickham (6-3, 240), junior Brad
Once again, the Heath High School football Lakewood ................................................W, 27-0 will be the quarterback and might see time as Annett (5-11, 215) and sophomores Jacob Gray
team will feature plenty of new faces on offense. Licking Valley ..........................................L, 38-14 well in the defensive secondary, where he started (5-11, 185) and Chris Sarnes (6-0, 190).
“We only have two starters back and both Newark Catholic ......................................L, 21-14
last year. Michael Albaneese (5-10, 175) could “Our lines have more size and more strength,”
Whitehall ...............................................W, 33-14 Elwer said. “If we stay healthy, we won’t have
of them are playing new positions,” said coach Columbus Academy .................................L, 41-23 run some plays out of the shotgun, too, but he’ll
Mark Collier, whose team will face a new open- Granville ................................................W, 16-14 see more time at receiver and running back. a bunch of guys going both ways.At every posi-
ing opponent with Friday’s home game against Other playmakers could include receivers Chase tion we feel we have a good rotation.”
Meldau (5-10, 170) and Jon Crane and tight Look forAlbaneese, Mentor and junior Kyle

August 22, 2007 • Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07
Millersport, which replaced Delaware on the BE THE ONE to
schedule. “We’ve lost nine offensive starters
the past two years so it’s nothing new. It just
champion ends Nick Roelle (6-2, 195) and Clark Metheny
(5-11, 175), all seniors. Junior Cody Mentor (5-
Weekly (5-10, 185) to be among the lineback-
ers in the new 3-5 alignment, but the Lancers
life for patients in need.
might take the offense a little while to get going 10, 200), who played fullback previously, will have to improve on last year’s points-allowed
and really show what they’re capable of.” 1-800-GIVE-LIFE be the lone running back much of the time. average (32.9). In the secondary will be Meldau
BloodSavesLives.org and juniors Tim Dye (5-9, 150), Michael Ghiloni
Expect at least a few new wrinkles if the The key offensive and defensive linemen
offense does develop as expected. include seniors Tony Baldazo (6-0, 265), Nick (5-10, 160) and Christian Grosse (5-10, 155).
“We tried to put in some changes early on and all-purpose standout Aaron Roberts (786
(in preseason camp), but as time went by we receiving yards with nine touchdowns, 607
started moving kids around and decided to let rushing yards with seven touchdowns). Roberts,
them learn a little more about our old system also one of the area’s most dangerous return
instead of a new one,” said Collier, whose team men, was an Ohio State track recruit.
finished 5-5 overall last year and shared fifth First-team all-district lineman Chris Dun-
place with Granville at 3-4 in the MSL-Ohio lap and second-team lineman Drew Wethey
Division won by Licking Valley (7-0), one of also graduated, and Dunlap (honorable-men-
three playoff teams from the league. “For now, tion) and Roberts (second-team) earned all-
anyway, we’ve pared down what we do.” state honors for the Bulldogs, who went 8-2
Senior Nick Kelley (6-foot, 170 pounds) in 2005 and are 30-30 under Collier entering
looks to be the new quarterback now that Wes his seventh season.
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Howell, who graduated from Licking Valley, Behind Kelley, who has taken no varsity
is gone. Howell made Division IV second- snaps and also might be the placekicker, a pair
team all-district last fall after completing 88 of freshmen wait in the wings. One of them,
of 165 passes (53.3 percent) while leading Cole Benner, is an option quarterback, possi-
Licking County in yardage (1,474) and touch- bly hinting at forthcoming offensive changes
downs (17). either later this year or next.
Also departing were wideout Josh Kraner Senior Nick Jones (5-10, 150) is one of sev-
(358 receiving yards, four touchdowns), hon- eral slot backs and also is a two-year starter
orable-mention all-district running back Josh
Eckard (783 rushing yards, three touchdowns) See HEATH, page 68 65