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Vikings NORTHRIDGE VIKINGS
Colors: Green and white
Coach: Tim Priest, second season
Key players: Matt Boudinot, Sean Haines, Nathan
Hume, Colin Ralph, Justin Shaw and Palmer Smith
Johnnies expect to
prepared On the Web: northridge.k12.oh.us/nhs.html
2007 SCHEDULE
Aug. 24..............Coshocton .........................Away
Aug. 31..............Hamilton Township..............Away
play tough, have fun
to take By ANDERS LARSON
Sept. 7...............Lakewood...........................Away
Sept. 14 ............Utica ................................Home
Sept. 21 ............Fredericktown .....................Away
Independent Staff Writer At a glance
Sept. 28 ............East Knox.........................Home
Oct. 5 ................Loudonville .......................Home Coach Mike Carter said that in his six years JOHNSTOWN-MONROE JOHNNIES
Colors: Red and gray

next step as coach of Johnstown-Monroe High School
Oct. 12 ..............Centerburg........................Home
Oct. 19 ..............Danville..............................Away Coach: Mike Carter, sixth season
football team, he hasn’t set any specific goals Key players: Will Carter, Mitchell Dawson, Jake Hol-
Oct. 26 ..............Johnstown..........................Away
as far as wins and losses. lis, Jake Julian, Kenny Kuskowski, Todd McKnight,
2006 RESULTS
(4-6 overall, 3-4 MBC)
He believes that if his team accomplishes Colton Rosshirt and Shane Sheppard
three things, the rest ought to fall into place. On the Web: johnstown.k12.oh.us
By ANDERS LARSON Licking Heights..........................................L, 13-3
Licking Valley ............................................L, 30-0 “Did the kids play tough? Did the kids try 2007 SCHEDULE
ThisWeek Staff Writer Aug. 24..............Granville.............................Away
Hartley.....................................................W, 17-7 their hardest? Did the kids play with enthusi-
Utica........................................................W, 17-7 Aug. 31..............Heath...............................Home
Coaches and players with the Northridge asm and have fun?” Sept. 7...............Licking Heights...................Away
Fredericktown..........................................L, 16-10
High School football team agree that last sea- East Knox ................................................W, 14-8 Last season, the Johnnies did all three and Sept. 14 ............Loudonville .......................Home
son’s record fell short of their own expectations. Loudonville...............................................W, 13-0 picked up plenty of wins along the way. They Sept. 21 ............Centerburg .........................Away
There doesn’t seem to be much debate about Centerburg................................................L, 16-8 Sept. 28 ............Fredericktown ...................Home
finished 9-3 overall, won their first playoff game Oct. 5 ................East Knox ..........................Away
that. Danville ....................................................L, 14-0 and finished second in the MBC at 6-1 behind
Johnstown ..............................................L, 16-12 Oct. 12 ..............Danville ............................Home
“Last year was obviously disappointing Danville (7-0). Carter is sticking with his same Oct. 19 ..............Utica..................................Away
because we had some pretty decent playmak- three goals for this year’s group, but that has- Oct. 26 ..............Northridge ........................Home
BE THE ONE to
ers and we were big everywhere,” senior quar-
terback Justin Shaw said. “We ended up going champion n’t stopped his players from setting some of
their own aspirations.
2006 RESULTS
(9-3 overall, 6-1 MBC)
4-6, had a lot of injuries, and we were losing life for patients in need. Granville ..................................................W, 45-6
“Our overall goal is to go undefeated,” senior Heath .....................................................L, 34-28
games we should have won.” 1-800-GIVE-LIFE lineman Kenny Kuskowski said as his fellow Licking Heights.........................................W, 24-6
The Vikings aren’t looking for any excuses. BloodSavesLives.org Loudonville.............................................W, 48-24
seniors nodded in agreement. “And then every-
Shaw and fellow senior Colin Ralph said the thing else will fall into place.”
Centerburg...............................................W, 27-0
disappointment of last season kept the team Fredericktown.........................................W, 35-32
ball through the air could be the offensive line, The players believe that’s realistic, and it East Knox ..............................................W, 35-14
motivated throughout offseason workouts. Coach which lost four starters. Senior tackle Nathan appears the program is headed in the right direc- Danville ....................................................L, 27-6
Tim Priest said the team’s attitude and work Hume (6-0, 221), the only returning starter, will tion to make that happen. The Johnnies were Utica......................................................W, 49-14
ethic has been good during the preseason. start at tackle.
Northridge..............................................W, 16-12
just 5-5 in 2003, but in the past three seasons
But looking back, last year’s 4-6 record was Ralph (6-2, 195) will be back at tight end, PLAYOFFS
they have gone a combined 24-8 and not lost Stewart Federal Hocking ...........................W, 30-0
understandable. Priest, who had been with the where he caught six passes for 74 yards last more than 3 games in a season. West Jefferson ........................................L, 40-14
program as an assistant, took over for Ed Dani-
year, and Priest said that he expects speedy junior Last season was certainly one of the pro-
her, the coach since 2003. Priest implemented
Sean Haines (5-11, 185) to make an impact in gram’s best seasons, and Carter attributed the BE THE ONE to
speed training last summer, but it hardly had
time to show significant results. Priest also intro- his first season starting at wingback.
The Vikings will also need to cut down on
success to the Johnnies playing team football.
There’s no reason to expect that to change this
champion
duced the wing-T offense to a group of players life for patients in need.
that had been used to a power running game for turnovers after committing 37 a season ago. year, as this team again has shown tremendous
Defensively, Priest said the Vikings’ added 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
as long as they had been playing. work ethic and has gotten solid leadership from BloodSavesLives.org
Midway through the year, with the offense speed could pay even more dividends. Shaw its seniors.
struggling, Priest resorted back to the team’s and Ralph return in the defensive backfield, and “The seniors last year were like brothers,”
previous offensive system. Haines and Boudinot both started a year ago at wide receiver Shane Sheppard said. “They did trict’s leader in rushing last season with 2,900
This season, with a full year of work, the linebacker. Smith will be starting at defensive everything outside of football together. Inside yards. Hendren, who is on the team at Cornell
changes Priest made to the program are more end for the third consecutive season. of football, they hung out all the time. I think this fall, ran for 8.4 yards per carry and broke
likely to elicit the results he wants. After going 3-4 and tying Centerburg for that’s what we’re building right now, more of Mick Reilly’s school record of 2,045 yards rush-
“Last year’s group wasn’t comfortable with fourth in the MBC a year ago, the Vikings have like a brotherhood.” ing, set in 2002.
the wing-T because it was new,” Priest said. their minds set on getting back in the race for a The Johnnies have plenty of experience back, Carter said Sheppard, senior Todd McK-
“This year, we’ve had a lot more time to rep it, league title. The Vikings won the league title particularly on defense, but there are still major night and juniors Colton Rosshirt and Josh
understand it. We’ve had more classroom time, outright in 2004 and shared the title in 2002 and holes to fill. The biggest vacancy is at tailback
coaches have had more time to get accustomed.” 2003. after the graduation of Marcus Hendren, the dis- See JOHNSTOWN, page 75
Attendance was up in the weight room all

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offseason, according to Shaw and Ralph, and
they believe the focus on speed training has paid
off. Priest said because of that emphasis on
speed, this year’s squad will be better equipped
to run this system. The offensive linemen,
although inexperienced, are smaller and faster
Good Luck
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across the board, and the Vikings return talent
and experience in the backfield.
“It’s a better system for us this year because
of our speed,” Priest said. “Last year, maybe we
didn’t have quite the speed we needed to be suc-
cessful with the wing-T. This year we do.”
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