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Coach determined to build on success


By SCOTT GERFEN experience things that I hope we will (5-6, 165) and Demetris Womack (5-
ThisWeek Contributor At a glance get in the scrimmages.”
South looks to be most experienced
8, 155).
Bradley, a senior, came into camp
A former player at Columbus South COLUMBUS SOUTH BULLDOGS Sept. 28.......Briggs......................Home on defense, where it returns seven as one of the top receivers along with
High School, football coach Jeramie Colors: Blue and gray Oct. 5...........Africentric..................Away starters who held opponents to 13.7 his classmate Womack.
Coach: Jeramie Carter, second season Oct. 12.........West .........................Away
Carter is determined to bring City Oct. 19.........Walnut Ridge............Home
points per game — second-best in the Russell, sophomore DeVonte Sher-
Key players: Marcus Allen, James Bradley,
League prominence back to his alma Dominique Chandler, DeShawn Farr, Ky’Ayre Oct. 26.........Marion-Franklin.........Home league behind Marion-Franklin (9.4). wood and Dominique Chandler (6-0,
mater. Hubert, Shamaal Russell, DeVonte Sher- 2006 RESULTS Among them is senior MarcusAllen 205), a transfer from Franklin Heights,
But he’s not about to talk up last wood, Demetris Womack, Romando Wor- (6-4 overall, 4-3 City-South) (6-foot-3, 245 pounds), a versatile per- will get most of the carries in the back-
season’s finish at 6-4 overall and 4-3 thington Medina Buckeye .......................L, 14-12 former who plays linebacker, quar- field. When starter Robert Harris went
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in the City-South Division behind Linden.....................................W, 29-12 terback and tight end. He dropped 10 out with a season-ending injury last
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Marion-Franklin (7-0) and Eastmoor Eastmoor ...................................L, 26-0 pounds in the offseason and report- year, Russell and Sherwood combined
2007 SCHEDULE
(5-2) and ahead of Independence (4- Aug. 24 ........Cincinnati Aiken .........Away
Briggs .....................................W, 40-12 edly can run 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. for 550 yards.
3), West (3-4), Walnut Ridge (3-4), Africentric ................................W, 32-24 “We’ve got a lot of young kids so “I’m expecting a lot from our back-
Aug. 31 ........Linden.......................Away West .........................................W, 19-7
Africentric (2-5) and Briggs (0-7). Sept. 7.........Whetstone.................Away Walnut Ridge ................................L, 7-0 it’s going to be kind of tough, but I field this year,” Carter said. “Russell
“As a first-year coach it felt good Sept. 14.......Independence............Away Independence............................W, 38-8 think we’re going to work through it,” goes by the nickname ‘Sub Zero.’He’s
to get to 6-4, but I wasn’t satisfied,” Sept. 21.......Eastmoor.................Home Marion-Franklin .........................L, 21-13 Allen said. “I’ve really been working one of those running backs who use
said Carter, who took over a program on my speed, form and footwork. I fakes and freezes.”
that went 4-6 in 2005. “I think my Be a champion for life — donate blood! think it’s going to be a better year for The Bulldogs drop down a division
school and my kids deserve more. We 1-800-GIVE-LIFE S www.BloodSavesLives.org me.” this season from II to III.
lost some close games, so we could’ve Others expected to be leaders on “We’re actually going to play four
easily been 8-2. We just want to be defense include junior linebacker Division I teams this year so I think
better.” (68 tackles) and Alexis Vaughn (58 “We’ve got a lot of new additions DeShawn Farr (5-9, 185), senior defen- we have a tremendous chance to shake
The Bulldogs were loaded with tackles) as well as running back Ste- this year who I think are really going sive end Romando Worthington (6-2, things up,” Carter said. “With us play-
senior talent last season that included fan Gregory, who rushed for 1,099 to shake things up, but they’re young,” 215), junior lineman Ky’Ayre Hubert ing that many Division I schools it’s
defensive stars Luther Missick (60 yards on 135 carries and scored 11 said Carter, whose team opens Friday (6-1, 330) and defensive backs James only going to help us points-wise for
tackles, seven sacks), Brandon Joiner touchdowns. at Cincinnati Aiken. “It’s one of those Bradley (5-9, 159), Shamaal Russell the playoffs.”

Walnut Ridge
‘Confident’ Scots
enter season with

. . . .
high expectations
By SCOTT GERFEN
ThisWeek Contributor At a glance
When Byron Mattox took over the WALNUT RIDGE SCOTS
Colors: Red, gray and white
football program at Walnut Ridge Coach: Byron Mattox, second season
High School last season, he figured Key players: Zakee Bashir, Alphonzo
the Scots might be a year away from Berry, Alvin Busbee, Thomas Douglas,
making a run at the City League- Anthony Gamble, Chris Harvey, Glenn
Hicks, Darius Jones, Kamrin Kimbrough,
South Division title. Brandon Rice, Lamar Ross, La’Velle
“Last year I don’t think they were Steans and Willie Tatum
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done,” said Mattox, whose team will
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open Friday at St. Charles. “But a lot 2007 SCHEDULE


Aug. 24 ........St. Charles .............Away
of our guys wrestled over the winter Aug. 31 ........Westland ................Away
and they had some success at that Sept. 7.........Mifflin ...................Home
and other sports. Sept. 14.......Marion-Franklin .......Away By Chris Parker/ThisWeek
Sept. 21.......West.....................Home
“All that kind of carries over, so I Sept. 28.......Eastmoor................Away The Scots’ Thomas Douglas walks back to the huddle after making a tackle Aug. 11 against Northland.
hope we have a pretty confident bunch Oct. 5...........Briggs.....................Away
coming in.” Oct. 12.........Africentric..............Home tox said. “Every week in the fourth react,” Harvey said. “We’ve been Brandon Rice, a junior tailback who
The Scots return 11 starters — Oct. 19.........South .....................Away quarter we were in the game.
Oct. 26.........Independence .......Home
putting in a lot of hard work in the made a few starts last season and
seven on defense and four on offense “We lost to Marion-Franklin in the offseason.” rushed for 165 yards and a touch-
2006 RESULTS
— after finishing 4-6 overall and (4-6 overall, 3-4 City-North) final two minutes of the game. It was Walnut Ridge might need a strong down against Independence.
3-4 in the league to tie West behind Pickerington North....................L, 21-7 a big lift and these guys have bought defense as it nurtures first-year junior Gamble was second-team all-City
Marion-Franklin (7-0), Eastmoor Northland ...............................W, 19-0 into what we want to do.” quarterbackAlvin Busbee, the replace- at receiver with more than 15 catches
Brookhaven ...........................L, 28-12 The Scots, like a year ago, appear
(5-2), South (4-3) and Independence West .......................................L, 13-6 ment for Dion Sink, who completed for nearly 300 yards.
(4-3) and ahead of Africentric (2-5) Eastmoor...............................L, 32-14 to be strongest on defense as they 66 of 140 passes for 1,006 yards and Senior receiver Darius Johns played
and Briggs (0-7). Briggs.....................................W, 37-0 held opponents to 13.7 points per nine touchdowns. in just one game last season after he
After losing four of its first five Africentric ..............................L, 16-13 game. Mattox expects to run multiple sets broke his collarbone.
South .......................................W, 7-0
games, Walnut Ridge won three of Marion-Franklin ......................L, 21-14
Leaders on defense include senior in his offensive scheme, but doesn’t Three-year starter Alphonzo Berry
its final five contests, including deci- Independence .........................W, 21-6 defensive backs Thomas Douglas want to throw too much at Busbee (6-foot, 330) will anchor the line at
sions over South (7-0) and Indepen- (second-team all-City), Lamar Ross all at once. center along with junior Zakee Bashir
dence (21-6). BE THE ONE to (first-team all-City) and Glenn Hicks, “He’s an intelligent player who (6-2, 225), who starts at tackle and
Mattox, a longtime defensive coor- champion junior free safety Chris Harvey, junior takes care of the football,” he said. defensive end.
dinator at Beechcroft, has worked to life for patients in need. linebackers La’Velle Steans and “He can throw it when we need to “Last year, I think we went into
change the mindset of expecting to 1-800-GIVE-LIFE Kamrin Kimbrough and sophomore throw it. He’s lacking in experience, some games thinking we were going
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lose against tough competition among defensive end Willie Tatum, who but I think he’s played enough over to win and we really didn’t work as
his players. was a City League champion in the past couple of years that he’s ready hard in practice,” Gamble said.
It showed last season, even in a last game. wrestling. to go in and take command of the “This year we want to take one
21-14 loss to Division II playoff-qual- “These guys were able to experi- “We’ve got a lot of experience this position.” game at a time and hopefully come
60 ifier Marion-Franklin in the next-to- ence tough games every week,” Mat- year and we know how to read and Others at the skill positions include out with a win every Friday.”