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Lions won’t miss beat under new coach
By PAUL BATTERSON
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
In his first season as coach of the Bexley High BEXLEY LIONS
School football team, John Smith knows he has Colors: Blue and white
Coach: John Smith, first season
a tough act to follow. Key players: Jake Brandt, Julian Coleman, David Edel-
The Lions last year finished 8-2, their best stein, Joe Luchsinger, Alex Morton, Robert Schnitz
record since 1985. They lost a graduating class and Seth White
of 15 that spearheaded them to a mark of 21-9 On the Web: bexleylions.com
the last three seasons. They scored a program- 2007 SCHEDULE
record 343 points. Aug. 24..............Canal Winchester ...............Away
“One of the challenges is going to be living Aug. 31..............St. Charles .......................Home
Sept. 7...............Hartley .............................Home
up to last year,” said junior quarterback Seth Sept. 14 ............Licking Valley ....................Home
White, whose team will open Friday at Canal Sept. 20 ............Whitehall............................Away
Winchester. “We had one of the best finishes in Sept. 28 ............Granville.............................Away
school history. (Last year’s seniors) started it Oct. 5 ................Lakewood .........................Home
Oct. 13 ..............Newark Catholic .................Away
all. We’re just trying to live up to that, but I think Oct. 19 ..............Columbus Academy...........Home
we’ll do it. Oct. 26 ..............Heath ................................Away
“Bexley hasn’t always been known for foot- 2006 RESULTS
ball, but over the last two years we’ve become (8-2 overall, 5-2 MSL-Ohio)
more confident. Last year’s seniors started this Canal Winchester .....................................W, 20-8
and coach Smith taught us to believe in our- London ..................................................W, 41-14
selves.” Africentric ................................................W, 47-8
Heath ....................................................W, 56-35
Bexley tied Columbus Academy for second Licking Valley ..........................................L, 41-17
in the MSL-Ohio Division last year at 5-2, behind Whitehall .................................................W, 48-7
Licking Valley (7-0) and ahead of Newark Granville ................................................W, 36-15
Catholic (4-3), Heath (3-4), Granville (3-4), Lakewood ..............................................W, 49-21
Lakewood (1-6), and Whitehall (0-7). Newark Catholic .......................................W, 33-7
Columbus Academy ...................................L, 27-0 By Tim Norman/ThisWeek
The Lions finished ninth in Division III,
Region 12 as the top eight teams made the play- The Lions’ Julian Coleman celebrates after leveling Columbus West’s John Ford during their
BE THE ONE to scrimmage Aug. 11.
off, but Academy (Division V), Licking Valley
(Division III) and Newark Catholic (Division champion
VI) did make the postseason. Academy lost to life for patients in need.
Amanda-Clearcreek 36-9 in a regional semifi-
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White was a backup the last two years to grad- touchdowns on 135 carries and caught three
uate Jake Kastan, who last season completed
99 of 145 passes for 1,274 yards and 13 touch-
passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns last
year.
“Bexley Sheila Straub
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times for 459 yards and six touchdowns. Kas- Luchsinger (5-11, 188) and Brian Farlough (5- WHO MAKES MEETING YOUR NEEDS 324-4330
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White was second-team all-MSL, but not as sophomore Mike Edwards (5-9, 161) and fresh-
a quarterback. He was 6-for-15 passing for 152
yards and two touchdowns as a backup, but he
man Kyle Boddie. Junior Julian Coleman (6-3,
206) will be at fullback.
is a Special Place
also rushed for 327 yards and five touchdowns “We’re going to be a multiple-formation style, A TOP PRIORITY BECAUSE SHE KNOWS
on 47 carries and caught 24 passes for 251 yards sort of like last year, but from an actual Xs and
and a touchdown. White set a program record Os standpoint there will be some differences,”
to Live”
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for extra points in a season, making 33 of 39, Smith said.


and made six of eight field goals (5-for-7 from
30-46 yards). See BEXLEY, page 67 WHAT IT’S LIKE TO MOVE A FAMILY.
Defensively, White led the team with three
interceptions.

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“Seth has taken what we’ve given him and
gone with it,” said Smith, who took over after
former coach Tom Phillips left for Pickering-
ton North. “He’s been in the fire and knows
what it’s like.”
Good Luck
Bexley
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The Lions will rely on an experienced offen-


sive line of seniors David Edelstein (6-1, 233)
and Jake Brandt (6-5, 222) at tackle and Alex
Morton (5-9, 195) at center. All were starters

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last season. Edelstein was second-team all-MSL Check on your rivals
and Brandt received honorable mention. Good Luck Meet the new coach
What kind of
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Seniors Kyle Dingman (5-10, 171) andAdam season will it be?


Myers (6-0, 160) and junior Herb Porter (6-0, Lions! See award-winning
205) are battling for time at the guard spots and photography
seniors John Haenszel (6-2, 204) and Celik Sis-
Find up-to-date local
mauturk (6-2, 167) are competing for time at
tight end.
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The Lions lost graduates Jon Carroll (18 for you! feature will cover all fall
catches, 199 yards, 2 touchdowns), Chris Beck sports in central Ohio.
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Graduate Bylal Humphrey was second-team