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Cowboys seek to build winning outlook
By SCOTT GERFEN behind Linden’s Casey Hood (1,673 yards, 16
ThisWeek Contributor touchdowns) and Beechcroft’s Marvin Stew-
art (1,259 yards, 10 touchdowns).
At a glance
The glaring statistic that West High School Coaches gave Stewart the nod over senior COLUMBUS WEST COWBOYS
coach Mike Flusche hopes to eliminate this Steve Campbell in the fourth game to run the Colors: Buff and brown
Coach: Mike Flusche, second season
season could make all the difference in where spread offense and never looked back. Key players: DeAndre Betton, J.R. Brihm, Brandon
his team finishes in the City League-South He’ll have plenty of targets to pick from in Butcher, Brad Chapman, John Ford, Ralphiel Hugh-
Division. senior receivers Brandon White, who caught ley, Jamar Johnson, Tyler Lohwing, Derek Sizemore,
Four times last year the Cowboys allowed 33 passes for 603 yards and three touchdowns, Eric Stewart, Dejuan Tannyhill, Shomari Taylor, Dustin
Thomas and Brandon White
more than 50 points — losses to Lancaster (77- and J.R. Brihm and juniors Dustin Thomas On the Web: columbus.k12.oh.us/west_hs/index.html
8), Franklin Heights (54-27), Independence and Derek Sizemore. 2007 SCHEDULE
(56-20) and Eastmoor (54-22) — and oppo- Senior Ralphiel Hughley will start at tail- Aug. 24..............Bainbridge Paint Valley ......Home
nents averaged nearly 34 points. back. Aug. 31..............East...................................Away
“If things go right, I think we can be right “I think those starting four receivers are Sept. 7...............Franklin Heights ................Home
Sept. 14 ............Africentric...........................Away
there in the mix with everybody else,” said awfully tough,” Flusche said. “Now, whether Sept. 21 ............Walnut Ridge ......................Away
Flusche, whose team will open Friday at home we can protect the quarterback is a different Sept. 28 ............Marion-Franklin .................Home
against Bainbridge Paint Valley. “Around here story. He’s only a sophomore, but he’s look- Oct. 5 ................Independence ....................Away
they’ve lost for so long that they really have to ing really good after starting as a freshman. Oct. 12 ..............South ...............................Home
overcome that mentality of losing. These kids We’re going to run what we ran last year only, Oct. 19 ..............Eastmoor..........................Home
Oct. 26 ..............Briggs ................................Away
have to learn how to win.” hopefully, better.”
2006 RESULTS
West went 3-7 overall and 3-4 in the league In preseason practices, much of the focus (3-7 overall, 3-4 City-South)
a year ago, tied with Walnut Ridge behind Mar- has been on defense. Thomas Worthington..................................L, 39-6
ion-Franklin (7-0), Eastmoor (5-2), South (4- The Cowboys did show some promise last Lancaster .................................................L, 77-8
3) and Independence (4-3) and ahead of Afri- season in the final two games with shutouts Franklin Heights ......................................L, 54-27
By Tim Norman/ThisWeek
Walnut Ridge............................................W, 13-6
centric (2-5) and Briggs (0-7). Ralphiel Hughley will be the starting tail-
against Africentric (16-0) and Briggs (14-0). Marion-Franklin..........................................L, 34-6
The Cowboys were 1-9 in 2005, and some back for the Cowboys. Key starters include juniors DeAndre Bet- Independence .........................................L, 56-20
predicted a winless season last year. Those pre- ton (DE), John Ford (LB) and Jamar Johnson South .......................................................L, 19-7
dictions haven’t troubled Flusche, who remains Depth appears to be weakest up front, espe- (DB) and sophomore Shomari Taylor (LB). Eastmoor................................................L, 54-22
Africentric ................................................W, 16-0
cautiously optimistic with plenty of experience cially on offense where junior center Tyler Hughley also will play linebacker with Chap- Briggs ......................................................W, 14-0
at the skill positions. Lohwing (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) and senior man and Butcher up front. White at defensive
Still, he understands his team has a long way tackles Brad Chapman (6-3, 310) and Bran- back last season had three interceptions for 60
BE THE ONE to
to go in winning the numbers game.
“I think we have a little bit more depth than
don Butcher (6-2, 285) are expected to return
as starters.
yards and a touchdown.
“We’ve really been working on our pursuit,” champion
last year,” he said. “It’s still not where I want They’ll have to protect sophomore quarter- Flusche said. “Most of the seniors that we lost life for patients in need.
it to be. The guys have been working hard and back Eric Stewart, who completed 81 of 184 were on the defensive side of the ball. We’re 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
I think we just have a better overall attitude passes for 1,181 yards and eight touchdowns just going to have to come together and see BloodSavesLives.org
than we did this time last year.” and finished third in City League statistics what happens.”

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