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Warriors seek
return trip to
postseason
By SCOTT GERFEN
ThisWeek Contributor At a glance
If the Eastmoor Academy football EASTMOOR ACADEMY WARRIORS
Colors: Red, white and blue
team makes a return trip to the play- Coach: Jim Miranda, fifth season
offs, it just might be doing it on the Key players: Alex Coleman, Michael Darby,
back of last year’s Division IV dis- Marcus Ervin, Malon Johnson, Isaiah Pead,
trict Player of the Year. Victor Rodriguez, Devon Ross, Ryan
Wilborn, Vince Williams and Darryl Wood
Senior running back Isaiah Pead On the Web: columbus.k12.oh.us/east-
(5-foot-11, 190 pounds) rushed for moor/index.html
more than 1,800 yards (10.1 yards 2007 SCHEDULE
per carry) and had 23 touchdowns Aug. 24 ........East......................Home
and, according to coach Jim Miranda, Aug. 31 ........Whitehall ................Away
Sept. 7.........Grandview...............Away
appears to be stronger and faster. Sept. 14.......Briggs ...................Home
Along with that, Pead — who has Sept. 21.......South .....................Away
numerous Division I college schol- Sept. 28.......Walnut Ridge .........Home By Paul Vernon/ThisWeek
Oct. 5...........Marion-Franklin .......Away
arship offers — will be running behind Oct. 12.........Independence .......Home The Warriors’ Carl Washington stretches for extra yardage Aug. 11 during a scrimmage against Mifflin.
a veteran offensive line. Oct. 19.........West ......................Away
“The offensive line got a lot of Oct. 26.........Africentric..............Home good nucleus of kids returning and “Terrence developed into a nice Juniors Devon Ross, Michael
experience last year and we really 2006 RESULTS we’re just going to have to build quarterback last year, but now it’s Darby and Rodriguez also will play
worked hard in the weight room (7-4 overall, 5-2 City-South) around those kids.” Malon’s turn to take the reins so to linebacker, while Coleman and Pead
East .....................................W, 40-14
in the winter and spring,” Miranda Westland ...............................L, 35-28
Fifteen letterwinners return with speak,” Miranda said. “He’s getting will see time at defensive back.
said. Grandview...............................W, 18-0 experience at the skill positions. the job done. He’s focused and he’s “A lot of those guys got a lot of
“I think we’re a lot stronger than South .....................................W, 26-0 But the Warriors, because of eli- become more disciplined in terms of playing time last year and they have
Walnut Ridge.........................W, 32-14 gibility requirements, will be with- running the offense and getting the a lot of experience so they should
we were last year. With the experi- Marion-Franklin ......................L, 31-18
ence and the greater strength, I Independence........................L, 33-28 out last year’s quarterback, Terrence ball downfield.” make an impact,” Miranda said. “I
think that’s only going to be a plus West ....................................W, 54-22 Drakeford, who threw for more than Junior Alex Coleman returns as like the kids’ progress so far.”
for us.” Briggs.....................................W, 57-7 900 yards and seven touchdowns, Eastmoor’s leading receiver after The Warriors secured a playoff
Africentric .............................W, 49-22
The Warriors finished 7-4 overall and a few others who weren’t able catching 25 passes for 339 yards and berth last season with victories in
PLAYOFFS
after falling to New Lexington 42-14 New Lexington .......................L, 42-14 to play. three touchdowns. their last three games against West
in a regional quarterfinal and took “I think there are a lot of people in Senior Vince Williams will line up (54-22), Briggs (57-7) and Africen-
second in the City League-South Divi- BE THE ONE to the city of Columbus who want to at fullback, and the offensive line tric (49-22).
sion at 5-2 behind Marion-Franklin champion see what we can do now, especially includes juniors Darryl Wood (first- League losses came consecutively
(7-0) and ahead of South (4-3), Inde- life for patients in need. with some of our guys ruled ineligi- team all-district), Ryan Wilborn and to Marion-Franklin (31-18) and Inde-
pendence (4-3), West (3-4), Walnut 1-800-GIVE-LIFE ble,” Pead said. “We lost a couple of Victor Rodriguez. pendence (33-28).
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Ridge (3-4), Africentric (2-5) and receivers and lineman, but this team The defense also should be strong Eastmoor also made a Division III
Briggs (0-7). is mature.” up front with senior lineman and out- playoff appearance in 2004, when it
Eastmoor will move up to Divi- offs,” said Miranda, whose team will Junior Malon Johnson takes over side linebacker Marcus Ervin (hon- earned a share of the league cham-
sion III this year. open Friday at home against East. at quarterback for the offense, which orable mention all-state, first-team pionship with Marion-Franklin at
“I don’t know that it will give us “There are some competitive teams led the City League by averaging 35 all-district) along with Wood and 6-1 but lost 52-14 to Bellevue in a
an edge if we were to make the play- in Division III, also. But we have a points per game. Wilborn. regional quarterfinal.

Briggs
Stronger Bruins must believe they can achieve
August 22, 2007 • Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07
By SCOTT GERFEN “The biggest challenge we face is they fail one, they’re ineligible.”
ThisWeek Contributor At a glance getting these kids to believe they can
win,” he said. “They don’t know how
Coplan has revamped the offense
from a wing-T to a pro-style scheme
When Joe Coplan was hired last BRIGGS BRUINS Oct. 5...........Walnut Ridge............Home to win. They have to believe they can that features the I formation and mis-
year to take over the football program Colors: Purple and gold Oct. 12.........Marion-Franklin.........Home achieve.” direction with the return of sopho-
at Briggs High School, he knew Coach: Joe Coplan, second season Oct. 19.........Africentric..................Away With such a young team last sea- more fullback Shawn Beasey, who
Key players: Shawn Beasey, Raymond Oct. 26.........West........................Home
change wouldn’t happen overnight. Bridgeman, Eric Broersma, Cameron son, the Bruins return nearly every- rushed for nearly 700 yards last year.
2006 RESULTS
Last season’s 0-10 record didn’t Dingess, John Flowers, Desmond Page, (0-10 overall, 0-7 City-South)
one on both offense and defense, Other key players include senior
help matters, but in the offseason Matt Rupe and Derick Showell St. Charles .................................L, 45-0 although they remain youthful with lineman Derick Showell (6-foot-6,
Coplan put in a new weight room and On the Web: columbus.k12.oh.us/brig- Whetstone..................................L, 14-3 underclassmen filling eight of the 200-pounds), Raymond Bridgeman
watched more than 40 players show ghs/index.html East ...........................................L, 30-0 starting positions on defense. and Cameron Dingess, and senior
up for winter workouts. 2007 SCHEDULE Independence.............................L, 48-0 Briggs lost a number of players wide receiver John Flowers.
Aug. 24 ........Whetstone.................Away South.......................................L, 40-12
“When I came here, we had two Aug. 31 ........Franklin Heights .........Away Walnut Ridge ..............................L, 37-0
because of district academic require- The defense features sophomore
guys who could bench 200 pounds,” Sept. 7.........Hilliard Darby .............Away Marion-Franklin ...........................L, 44-6 ments. nose guard Eric Broersma (6-2, 230)
Coplan said. “Now we have 26 guys Sept. 14.......Eastmoor ..................Away Africentric...................................L, 35-8 With the exception of Eastmoor and junior linebacker Matt Rupe.
who can do it. I’m a little more old- Sept. 21.......Independence ..........Home Eastmoor ...................................L, 57-7 and Africentric, which are academies, Showell and Bridgeman will play at
school when it comes to commitment. Sept. 28.......South........................Away West ..........................................L, 14-0 Columbus Public Schools have gone the other linebacker positions and
Either you’re in or you’re out. There’s to an eight-period day and students Page, Beasey and Flowers will start
nothing in between, and these guys Be a champion for life — donate blood! must earn five credits in order to par- in the secondary.
have bought into it.” 1-800-GIVE-LIFE S www.BloodSavesLives.org ticipate in extracurricular activities. Briggs will have a number of two-
The Bruins finished 0-7 in the City “I’ve got at least seven kids who way players, which concerns Coplan.
League-South Division behind Mar- have a 2.6 GPA or better, but they’re “It’s tough because if you want to
ion-Franklin (7-0), Eastmoor (5-2), cessful in the past with league cham- shut out five times. ineligible,” said Coplan, who spent talk to them about strategy you can’t
South (4-3), Independence (4-3), West pionships in 1991, 1993 and 1995. A victory Friday over Whetstone nine seasons at West as defensive because they’re out there on the field.
(3-4), Walnut Ridge (3-4) and Afri- Briggs lost its games by an aver- in the opener would do wonders for coordinator. “They only have an You can’t afford to give them a break;
centric (2-5), but they have been suc- age 26 points last season and was the program, Coplan said. opportunity to take six classes, so if we don’t have the personnel.”
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