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Braves counting on experience, depth


By JARROD ULREY
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
The City League-North Division title race WHETSTONE BRAVES
tightened last season, but the Whetstone High Colors: Navy and white
Coach: Todd Boyd, fifth season
School football team wasn’t one of the squads Key players: Jeremy Althouse, Blake Callahan, Herb
to benefit from the shifting of power. Cornell, Mario Dovell, Ciaran Lawlor, Marcus Penn,
While Beechcroft went 6-1 to win a race that Tommy Williams and Marcus Willis
also included runners-up Brookhaven, Mifflin 2007 SCHEDULE
and Northland at 5-2 and an improved East at Aug. 24..............Briggs...............................Home
4-3, Whetstone finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in Aug. 31..............Central Crossing.................Away
Sept. 7...............South ...............................Home
the league. Sept. 14 ............Brookhaven ........................Away
That’s something a more experienced and Sept. 21 ............East...................................Away
deeper Braves team plans to change. Sept. 28 ............Linden..............................Home
“We want to be able to contend for the Oct. 5 ................Northland...........................Away
league,” said coach Todd Boyd, whose team Oct. 12 ..............Mifflin ................................Away
Oct. 19 ..............Beechcroft........................Home
opens Friday against visiting Briggs. “We need Oct. 26 ..............Centennial ........................Home
to get our base defense and base offense to be 2006 RESULTS
second nature. We’ve got a lot of experience, (3-7 overall, 2-5 City-North)
and I think almost all of the teams last year hit Olentangy Liberty ......................................L, 50-0
a youth cycle.” Briggs ......................................................W, 14-3
With just five seniors a year ago in James Thornville Sheridan..................................L, 35-14
East ...........................................................L, 6-3
Fosnaugh (QB/DB), James Kramer (FB/DL), Linden ...................................................W, 42-14
Thomas Manter (RB/LB), Dustin Mills Northland .................................................L, 55-3
(OL/DL) and Matt Tuttle (WR/DB), Whet- Mifflin .......................................................L, 20-0
stone was among the squads Boyd was refer- Beechcroft ................................................L, 33-0
Brookhaven...............................................L, 40-6
ring to in terms of inexperience. Centennial .................................................W, 7-6
This season, the Braves will have 20 seniors, By Chris Parker/ThisWeek
led by captains Herb Cornell (RB/LB), Ciaran Mario Dovell returns for his second season at quarterback for the Braves, who finished 3-7 BE THE ONE to
Lawlor (TE/DL) and Marcus Willis (WR/DB).
The other captain is junior Jeremy Althouse
last season. Whetstone opens Friday at home against Briggs. champion
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(OL/DL). West at guard and senior Ian Heffelfinger (6- of Brown, Dovell, Harvey, Hodges and junior
Junior Mario Dovell (5-11, 170) is back at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
0, 273) and junior Ayo Jerkins-Kerega (6-1, Matt Werner at cornerback and Willis at free BloodSavesLives.org
quarterback after starting at the position for 257) at tackle. Seniors Lazarus Taylor (5-10, safety.
portions of last season. At one point, Whet- 258) and Logan Stokes (6-0, 255) also should Junior Zach McGuire will be the punter and
stone had 17 players — including Dovell — see action on the line but battled injuries dur- kick field goals and sophomore Charles Jack- and Columbus South (home, Sept. 7). Central
out with injuries.

. . . .
ing the preseason. son is expected to kick off. Crossing was 2-8 last year and South went
Dovell split time behind center with senior “(Dovell) was going to be the starter last Several players, including Callahan, Dovell, 6-4.
Tommy Williams last season, but Williams is year and then he got hurt, but he’s athletic and Hodges and Penn, will be the kick and punt The Braves won 14-3 last season at Briggs,
expected to spend most of his time at very shifty,” said Boyd, who is 20-20 during returners, with Althouse expected to be the which finished 0-10. Whetstone’s other wins
linebacker. four seasons. “We’ve got some guys who can long snapper. came over Linden (42-14), which also went 0-
Cornell was the leading rusher with 270 play in the 250s this year. The main thing is “We’re way more experienced than last year,” 10, and Centennial (7-6), which finished 1-9.
yards and will be at running back along with that all of them are juniors and seniors (on the Cornell said. “Everybody looked at us as under- The Braves struggled all season on offense,
seniors Joshua Brown and Blake Callahan (229 line), and that’s what helps us.” dogs last year and we took a lot of criticism scoring just 89 points and completing just six
yards) and juniors DeShawn Booth, Keiolntay Callahan and Lawler will be at defensive with everybody doubting us. We practice a lot touchdowns outside of the win over Linden.
Harvey and Michael Haynes (236 yards). end and Stucki, Taylor and West are at nose of execution because technique can beat tal- “We’ve got in the upper 60s in numbers,
Seniors Jamon Hodges and Dillon Volk and guard in a 3-5 defensive set that also will show ent. If we use our technique, speed and talent, which is higher than we have been,” Boyd said.
sophomores Marcus Penn and Joe Tuttle will a 4-3 look. we’ll be successful.” “We went to Otterbein for our team camp (the
join Willis at wide receiver. Junior DeShawn Booth will be at middle After getting pounded by Olentangy Liberty last two weeks of July) and I think that helped
Althouse (6-1, 239) and senior Ryan Mal- linebacker, Volk and Williams will play inside 50-0 and Thornville Sheridan 35-14 in non- immensely. We only lost five seniors from last
one each worked at center during the presea- linebacker and Penn and Tuttle will be outside league games last season, Whetstone replaced year and I think we should be pretty compet-
son, with senior Nino Stucki and junior Adrian linebackers. The secondary will be comprised the pair with Central Crossing (away, Aug. 31) itive.”

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