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Continued from page 21 safety and junior Keith Moore (6-1, 190) is at 2, 180), junior Kory Martin (5-10, 165) and Senior right tackle Gar Chappelear (6-3, 260)
strong safety. sophomore Jordan Sturgell (6-2, 170) all pos- returns as the only lineman with starting expe-
Usner (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) and Beatty (6-2, “Our defense is a lot better this year,” quar- sess big-play capabilities, according to McIn- rience. He played in two games last season.
240) were first-team all-OCC as sophomores at terback Elijah Smurthwaite said. “We’re a lot tire. Beatty and Kratz will share time at tight Senior left tackle John Bayless (6-2, 230),
Central Crossing. Last season, the duo were co- more excited this season and having a lot more end. senior left guard Gaige Lane (5-10, 220), sopho-
captains and Usner was first-team all-OCC and fun than last year.” Grove City graduated 27 players from last more center Patrick Jarvis (6-1, 220) and senior
Beatty was second-team all-OCC. Smurthwaite (6-2, 180) returns for his third year’s team and nowhere is that more evident right guard Derek Holt (5-11, 255) complete
Grove City still is playing its 50 scheme but season as a starter. than on the offensive line. the line. Joel Laborce is expected to see a major-
with some wrinkles. “Obviously, the extra year of experience helps “We lost everyone and that’s our big project ity of the carries, and he is confident the offen-
“We’re expanding it,” McIntire said. “It’s out a ton,” McIntire said. “He’s a little taller and right now,” McIntire said. “In our first scrim- sive line will jell.
going to be less vanilla.” stronger. Last year, consistency was an issue mage (Aug. 11 against Thomas Worthington) “Everything depends on them,” Laborce said.
With the addition of Usner and Beatty, Brock with Elijah and hopefully we’ll see that develop were were inconsistent. When we blocked well, “If we don’t get them going, our team doesn’t
Snyder was able to move back to linebacker as the season develops.” we ran well, and when we were able to pass pro- get going. Last year, I had all those seniors, but
joining senior John Kratz (6-2, 215). In the sec- Smurthwaite’s weapons on offense includ- tect we completed long passes. When we had I’ve been playing with these guys my whole life.
ondary, seniors T.J. Bock (5-10, 160), Alex Fra- ing wingbacks Joel Laborce and Moore. Half- breakdowns, we obviously struggled. I just have to get used to these guys again.”
ley (6-0, 160), Ryan Kitchen (5-11, 155) and back Ray Walker (5-9, 160) returns to the team “We did score five touchdowns so you can’t On special teams, senior Jeremy Latella earned
Joel Laborce (5-8, 165) will see time at corner- after suffering a season-ending knee injury last complain too much about that. But we have to punting duties and senior Aaron Vogel is kick-
back, senior Justin Laborce (5-9, 160) is at free season. At receiver, seniors Robbie Grooms (6- improve our consistency.” ing field goals and extra points.

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