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By AARON BLANKENSHIP was second-team all-league and Anzuini
ThisWeek Staff Writer received honorable mention.
Senior center Nazar Soroka (6-1, 230) is the
Hilliard Darby High School football coach only returning starter on the offensive line and
Paul Jenne initially was concerned when two he’s competing with senior Collin Johnson (6-
members of his coaching staff left to accept 1, 210) to retain his position.
coaching jobs during the offseason. First-year starters include seniors Evan Mor-
Offensive coordinator Jason Peters was hired risey (6-1, 260) at left tackle and Justin Cor-
by Grandview and defensive coordinator Billy dial (6-4, 260) at right guard and juniors Gabe
Burke was hired by Medina Buckeye. Robinson (6-4, 225) at right tackle and Mike
Jenne found replacements in Pete Diehl, Volio (5-10, 230) at left guard.
Mario Jackson and Mike Owens. Diehl and “Timing is huge in our offense and having
Jackson are former head coaches at Briggs and an extra year of experience running it has made
Owens was the head coach at Mechanicsburg a world of difference for all of us,” Ebert said.
last season. “We were used to the wing-T last year and we
Owens coaches the running backs and Jack- didn’t know what the heck we were doing the
son coaches the wide receivers, and the two first few weeks. But we’ve gradually been get-
ting our timing down and I can see that we’re
will combine to call the plays.
way ahead of where we were at this point last
Diehl coaches the offensive linemen, along
with another former Briggs’ assistant, Jake
The shade defense, which allowed 23.1 points
Gallagher. By Steve Friend/ThisWeek
per game last year, lost 10 starters, including
John Santagata, an assistant on defense the
Darby quarterback Jeremy Ebert, who has committed to Northwestern, became the Panthers’
past five seasons, has been promoted to defen-
See DARBY, page 9 first player to both rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards last season.
sive coordinator.
The Panthers, who will open Friday in Crew
Stadium against Hilliard Davidson, finished
4-6 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Ohio Division
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last year behind Lancaster (5-0), Westland (4-
1) and Gahanna (3-2) and ahead of Groveport
(1-4) and Newark (0-5).
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“I wasn’t angry at the guys who left because

they were pursuing head-coaching opportuni-
ties,” Jenne said. “But I’m really happy that
we were able to find the coaches that we’ve
added because they have a lot of experience
running this type of offense (shotgun spread).
We’ve gained a tremendous amount of coach-
ing experience and there’s no substitute for the Panthers!
experience that they’ve brought to our team. Supporting High School
We went from being one of the youngest coach- Celebrating 28 Years! Football for Over
ing staffs in the OCC to being one of the more 40 Years.
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