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Continued from page 5 maybe the northeast. Until we start to do some- more durability and a consistent playing sur- $168,000, I don’t know how anybody can
thing on a more consistent basis, we have no face. afford not to. The maintenance on a regular
“I don’t know if people realize it, but there’s right to complain or say that we’re treated “It comes at a cost,” Grandview first-year field is so much higher than that.”
been a shift, and central Ohio football is already unfairly or are second rate. We need to prove coach Jason Peters said. “But once it’s in, it’s •QUESTION: Can successful coaches in
on the map,” Central football coach Jay Shar- it.” very low to maintain. The longer it’s around, new places continue their winning ways?
rett said. “The football in the northeastern part •QUESTION: Will the popularity of Field- the more companies come out with it, the lower Several central Ohio football teams under-
of the state has always been strong, but cen- Turf continue to grow? the price. Then you’ll see almost everyone went a coaching change in the offseason. But
tral Ohio has made a lot of progress and you Gahanna, Grandview, Hamilton Township eventually go to it. the two most notable changes came at
can see the results by looking at who played and St. Charles joined the list of central Ohio “At a school like Grandview, everyone is Marysville and Hamilton Township.
in the state title games last year. The other school that feature synthetic turf that also fea- on it. It is a smart decision, because we know After a one-year hiatus, Jeff Gafford resur-
coaching staffs here have seen the shift, and ture Bexley, DeSales, Dublin Coffman, Dublin we’re getting a quality field.” faced at Marysville. Gafford went 142-93 with
they’re working harder than ever because they Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Grove City Christian At St. Charles, the cost of the project was eight playoff appearances at Franklin Heights
want to get a piece of that, too. I can guaran- and Upper Arlington. about $1.1 million. Added into the final fig- and Worthington Kilbourne. He retired after
tee that central Ohio will be well-represented “When we call up our opponents for our ure were new dugouts and backstop on the the 2005 season with a 98-67 record in 15 sea-
in the playoffs from here on out.” scrimmages they all want to play here because baseball field, a new concession stand, new sons with the Wolves.
Two wins in seven years (Upper Arlington they want to be on that kind of surface,” Jerome entrance to the football field and new football Bob Jacoby left DeSales — where spent 19
in 2000) at the Division I level is not enough coach Mark Hundley said. goal posts, new lacrosse goals and soccer goals. seasons — for Hamilton Township. Jacoby’s
for White. He would like to see more consis- At smaller schools like Grandview and St. “Hamilton Township just put it in. I think DeSales teams won two state titles and played
tency from the area on the state-wide level. Charles, the football field is used more than it only cost them $168,000 to put it in. I think in six state championships.
“Look at us last year,” he said. “We did not Friday nights in the fall. Soccer, field hockey, the price when Dublin put these in was around Jacoby seemingly has the bigger challenge
have any (college) Division I kids and our suc- track, lacrosse and even the marching band all $500,000,” Hundley said. “They’ve been drop- as Hamilton Township was 1-9 last season
cess came on just hard work, execution and use the football field. A synthetic fields offer ping steadily since. If Hamilton did it for compared to Marysville’s 6-4 record.
chemistry of our team. I think it’s been proven
time and again that central Ohio football is
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“We know we have to all work together,” Dublin Jerome Africentric Early Hilliard Davidson Worthington Kilbourne H.S.
Grizer said. “But talent-wise, we have a lot in MIKE WAITS College School KYLIE MAYFIELD CHEERLEADERS
place to be successful.” VICTOR GRAHAM
Other key players include senior J.R. Forbes
(6-5, 195), junior Storm Timson (5-11, 180)
and sophomores Alex Kielmeyer (6-0, 225),
Dan Pennington (5-9, 200) and Trayvon Ware
(6-0, 270), a lineman. Forbes, a receiver and Good Luck cheering on the
defensive end, caught four balls for 90 yards team this year! You will all be
great. Best of luck to the
and two touchdowns last year and provides a Hope this season ROCKS! football team. GO WOLVES!
big target for Smith. Pennington, a running You've come such a long way We love you and
back and linebacker in the 3-4 defense, rushed on & off the field. We are so you are the best.
We are proud of you! Mom, Dad, Aidan
for 148 yards and a touchdown and led the team We wish you continued proud of you. Love and
blessings to you this season and Mackenna
with 103 tackles. Kielmeyer started every game success and happiness.
GO CELTS! The Graham Family
as a freshman. Timson, a receiver and strong Love, Mom, Dad,
safety, is another playmaker. Marisa & Zeak St. Charles

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August 22, 2007 • Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07
McClelland are in the mix to start in Hen-
dren’s spot at tailback. Carter said it could Look how far you've gone!
Congratulations Jeff & Good
change from game to game whether he rotates Luck on your Senior Year!
multiple tailbacks or sticks with one player. Love, Mom, Dad & Jon
The Johnnies, who again will operate pri- Set your goals high, and
don't stop until you get there!
marily out of the unbalanced I-formation, are We're so proud of you! GO CELTS! Try the
undecided at quarterback after the graduation Have a great season! From your biggest fans....
of last year’s starter, Kyle Dodderer. Carter said Love, Grandma
& Grandpa Miller
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Sheppard was last year’s top receiver with KYLE MERZ Send your student
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LIONS From your biggest fans, before the game at
Defensively, Dawson and senior Jake Julian Bexley Loves You The Klahs Family.
return at linebacker, and McKnight and Rosshirt Have a Great Year Westerville North H.S.
will be back in the defensive backfield.All four Robyn Jones GO SUSIE, CLASS of '09
had an interception last season. Your goal is in sight!
From your biggest fans,
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ers, Will Beacom, Evan Poling and Phil Swick Rachel and Leah Ann
all return with experience on the offensive and
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