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Eagles again set to trounce foes in trenches


By JEREMY STEWART
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
In the first quarter of the Division III regional NEW ALBANY EAGLES
Colors: Maroon and gold
semifinal against Gallipolis Gallia Academy Coach: Mark Mueller, third season
last year, Gerald Nixon looked up into a light Key players: Corey Aronhalt, Robert Aurand, Jake
drizzle to field a punt at the New Albany High Campbell, Nick Campbell, Yuri Masser, Tristan Moore,
School football team’s goal line. He tracked it Gerald Nixon, Nathan Pickett and Kevin Smith
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down and caught it, but he stepped out of bounds
at the 1-yard line. 2007 SCHEDULE
Aug. 24..............Whitehall ..........................Home
Backed up as far as possible, the offense took Aug. 31..............Westerville North................Away
the field knowing that the line of seniors Corey Sept. 7...............Granville ...........................Home
Aronhalt, Robert Aurand, Jake Campbell and Sept. 14 ............DeSales.............................Away
Nathan Pickett and graduate Chris Perez Sept. 21 ............New Richmond..................Home
Sept. 28 ............Olentangy Liberty ..............Home
couldn’t allow Gallia’s defensive line an inch Oct. 5 ................Franklin Heights..................Away
of penetration or the result could be disastrous. Oct. 12 ..............Dublin Scioto......................Away
The offense broke the huddle from the end Oct. 19 ..............Watkins Memorial .............Home
Oct. 26 ..............Big Walnut..........................Away
zone and walked to the line. Aurand, the cen-
ter, looked over the defensive alignment while 2006 RESULTS
(9-5 overall, 2-3 OCC-Capital)
the offense set. He signaled to the others who Grandview..............................................W, 56-21
to block. Westerville Central......................................W, 7-0
“Everything starts with the offensive line,” Granville ................................................W, 48-18
Aurand said between practices Aug. 12, show- DeSales .................................................L, 35-14
New Richmond .........................................W, 41-0
ing the confidence the unit had developed. “With- Olentangy Liberty ........................................L, 7-3
out us there would be no blocking. There would Franklin Heights........................................W, 44-0
be no holes for anyone to run through. No one Dublin Scioto .........................................W, 30-19
would go anywhere.” Watkins Memorial......................................L, 28-9
Big Walnut ................................................L, 10-6
Quarterback Tristan Moore, now a senior, By Jon Malis/ThisWeek
PLAYOFFS
kept the ball on the first play for a two-yard gain. Cincinnati Indian Hill ........................W, 20-17 (OT)
That gave him enough room so that on the next Tristan Moore rolls out Aug. 11 during a scrimmage against Canal Winchester. New Albany
Gallipolis Gallia Academy ..........................W, 43-2
play he could hand the ball to fullback Jayce DeSales...................................................W, 10-6 opens Friday as host to Whitehall.
Stewart, a 2007 graduate, for another two-yard Kettering Alter ...........................................L, 31-7
gain. On the play after that, Moore handed to
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Stewart again and he gained 11 yards. Fourteen
plays later, 12 of which were runs, New Albany
had traveled 99 yards for a touchdown and a 7-
champion
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something special. top 11 tacklers are gone. They lost Stewart, their Make the right call.
And, with the exception of Perez, they get to leading tackler with 123 tackles, and defensive
lineman Cameron McRae, who had a team-high
play together another year with the confidence
of having cleared the way for 339 yards in a eight sacks and 17 tackles for loss. CALL COACH MORRIS!
regional semifinal. The confidence they earned Some of that slack will be made up by senior Greg Morris, Realtor®
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previous losses to the Stallions.


“There are not many teams in the state of Campbell returns. He had 98 tackles last sea-
Ohio that have as many guys returning,” said son. Also returning to that unit is Nixon, who
fourth-year coach Mark Mueller, whose team had 39 tackles last season.
opens Friday against Whitehall. “On the offen-
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sive line, (Aronhalt and Pickett) have been start-


ing since they were sophomores. They’ve played
six playoff games.”
The Eagles lost to Kettering Alter 31-7 in a
state semifinal to finish 9-5 overall.
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The Eagles tied Dublin Scioto for fourth in


the OCC-Capital Division at 2-3, behind Big
Walnut (4-1), Watkins Memorial (4-1) and Lib-
erty (3-2) and ahead of Franklin Heights (0-5).
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