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Continued from page 70 ble player.

Harvest Prep returns eight letter-
steps are so much different than winners. Johnson called quarterback
Nick’s. We’ll go with whoever times Dane Givner one of the top three or
up best with our offense.” four high-school quarterbacks he
The Rockets have eight returnees has seen.
on defense, including defensive Others whom Johnson believes
tackle Parrish, linebackers Hutchins are capable of playing at the Divi-
and Queen and Speelman at safety sion I level are Dustin Elizondo,
with Edwards and Holloway at cor- Nicko Shellow (WR/CB) and
ner. Adams was also a cornerback Nehemiah Trotter (LB). Last sea-
last season. son, Trotter had more than 130 tack-
Mike McCann is in a different role LIBERTY UNION
with Fisher Catholic this season, Dan Johnson plans to shuffle the
making the switch from defensive deck in his 23rd season as coach of
coordinator to head coach to take Liberty Union.
over for Mike Burkhardt, now at The Lions return seven starters on
Bloom-Carroll. offense and six players on defense
“I’m responsible for the whole from a team that finished 7-3 over-
deal now,” said McCann, whose team all last year, with all three losses
lost to Danville 29-12 in a Division coming to playoff teams But those
VI regional semifinal last year to experienced athletes will find them-
finish 10-2 overall. Fisher Catholic selves lining up in different spots
will open Saturday at home against when the ball is snapped Friday in
Centerburg. “I have to control both the opener at home against Bloom-
sides of the football and everything Carroll.
from equipment to the trainer to Senior Luke Boucher (5-11, 185)
administrative things. It’s been dif- will move from quarterback to tail- By Jon Malis/ThisWeek
ferent. I haven’t been responsible back with senior Jake Russell (5-9,
Liberty Union’s Emmett Rowland breaks loose from a Crooksville defender on his way to a touchdown Aug. 11
for a few things this year, I’ve been 175) moving from tailback to wing- during a scrimmage.
responsible for everything.” back in the unbalanced I-formation
Fisher Catholic has only three set. (6-0, 185), junior outside linebacker the Lakers would like to find an alter- linebacker and a defensive lineman.”
offensive letterwinners and four Other offensive returnees are James Weaver (5-10, 175) and sopho- native to a scrambling quarterback. The key players will be seniors
defensive back, but McCann has senior tackles Jon Armstrong (6-0, more cornerback Dustin Love (5- Rounding out the offense will be Shane Brentlinger (FB/DL), Nick
been satisfied with the amount of 220) and Kyle Clum (5-10, 220) and 10, 165). senior quarterback Alex Hopkins (6- Cunningham (OL/DL), Adam Hard-
effort this year’s team has put into junior guard Shane Little (6-0, 200) 3, 185), who also kicks and punts, ing (OL/DL), Hunter Routte

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making this season as good as the as well as senior running back MILLERSPORT tight end Garrett Lee (6-2, 205)and (OL/DL) and Zach Williams
last. Emmett Rowland (5-10, 165) and First-year coach Larry Blackstone senior fullback Adam Evans (5-11, (WR/DB). Williams set the program
“We have been impressed as a junior tight end Sam Johnson (6-4, brings an optimistic yet realistic 210). record for catches in a single season
coaching staff with the work ethic 260), the coach’s youngest son. approach to Millersport. Other seniors on the team are last year with 39 and is second all-
of this team,” he said. Rowland leads the defensive This is Blackstone’s 40th year Andy Gatewood (DL/OT), William time in career catches at the school.
“They have been in the weight returnees. He was second-team all- coaching and 15th as a head coach. Haney (OT/LB), Nick Lewis There are some positions that will
room, and I have yet to complain league as an outside linebacker last “The teams I have coached in the (OT/DT), Kyle Smith (OT/DT) and need to be filled this year, including
about out effort whether in the weight season and is the team’s top return- past have been good,” he said. “The Zach Whitney (G/DL). Other return- the tailback and the quarterback roles.
room, conditioning or on the prac- ing tackler after having 148 last sea- teams at Millersport have struggled ing letterwinners are junior Ryan The two competing for the quarter-
tice field.” son. Also back are Clum at nose in the past, so it will be a big change Barber (C/DT) and sophomore Jeff back role are senior Andrew Pear-
Key players include Eddie Budde, guard, Sam Johnson at defensive for me.” Maynard (FB/LB). son and sophomore D.J. Menenhall.
Chris Davis, Patrick Duffee, Patrick tackle, Little at inside linebacker, Blackstone, whose team will open Buescher believes his team plays
Faum and Mike Wellner. senior cornerback Don Short (6-1, Friday at Heath, isn’t expecting to WEST JEFFERSON a physical game that can carry it
150) and junior safety Andy Mix (6- turn this team into a league cham- After graduating an accomplished through the season, but no goals have
HARVEST PREP 5, 190). pion in one year, especially after the senior class, Buescher is confident been set as far the league or the play-
Coach Jack Johnson believes he Mix will be a key player for the Lakers finished 3-7 overall last year. West Jefferson can perform to expec- offs, just to get better every game.
has a few Harvest Prep players capa- Lions by also playing quarterback
Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07 • August 22, 2007

But he expects changes to be made. tations. One of Buescher’s concerns is the

ble of going on to play at the Divi- and handling duties as the place- The strength of the team, accord- “We were very fortunate last year experience level of the new defen-
sion I college level. kicker for a third consecutive sea- ing to assistant Bill McLeish, is the that we had a great senior class last sive backs. Many of the players
“Our strength this year will be son. running game, led by seniors Kerry year,” said Buescher, whose team haven’t had a significant amount of
athletic ability and doing whatever Some new faces opening eyes in Green (5-9, 140) and Cody Stanley will open Friday at Mechanicsburg. playing time, and Buescher has been
it takes to win this year,” said John- the preseason are senior tackle/cen- (6-0, 170) and junior Daren White “We lost a tailback, our quarterback, preparing them all offseason.
son, whose team finished 1-9 over- ter Kasey Maddux (5-11, 250), junior (5-4, 140). one wide receiver and a couple of
all last year. It had to forfeit five defensive end Trey Miller (6-0, 185), The weakness will be finding a offensive-linemen. Defensively we ThisWeek staff writer Scott Hennen
games because of use of an ineligi- junior guard Ethan Pulvermacher true passer. According to McLeish, lost three defensive backs, a contributed to this story.

Continued from page 62 year coach John Smith understands Smith. “Licking Valley is the team two seasons? Licking Valley won 38- receiver Adam Alderman last season
the Goliath the Panthers have become. you want to be like. That’s the team 14 a year ago and 33-7 in 2005 when as he ranked fourth in the state in
Academy coach Mark Barren stops In the 2005 regular-season finale, you shoot for. You are either getting both were undefeated entering the receptions (76) for 927 yards. The
short of conceding that his Vikings undefeated New Albany played at better and become more like Lick- sixth game. Blue Aces lost to Licking Valley 35-
might be playing for second place, undefeated Licking Valley, and the ing Valley or you will be in the bot- “They’re the team to beat until 0.
but he did recognize Licking Valley’s host Panthers scored early and never tom of the pack. … We don’t want someone proves otherwise,” Heath “We just didn’t show up,” Hens-
place. looked back in a 16-0 victory. to play to be second. We want to get coach Mark Collier said. ley said.
Licking County’s two most sto- “Just based on what I have seen to that level.” “I know they play in our league, The Panthers, who outscored their
ried programs met in last year’s finale, on film and what I know of the area So do Lakewood and Heath, both but they’re really kind of in a league league opponents by an average mar-
and the visiting Panthers throttled you have to give Licking Valley the of which have made only one play- of their own,” Lakewood coach Scott gin of 44-12 last year and 33-2 in
playoff-bound Newark Catholic 35- upper hand,” said Mark Smith, who off appearance. Just last year, the Elwer said 2005, always seem to. And they also
0 at White Field. grew up in Logan and previously Bulldogs had an all-state receiver in Granville’s spread offense has pro- won outright titles in their division
“Clearly, Licking Valley is the king coached at New Middletown and is Aaron Roberts, now an Ohio State duced more than a dozen all-state of the Buckeye Athletic Conference
of the hill,” Barren said. the brother of former Ohio State freshman track and field recruit. Their players in the eight years since Hens- from 2000-02, posting undefeated
74 As an outsider, even Bexley first- women’s basketball standout Katie results against the Panthers the past ley brought it in, including junior records each season.