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Braves face bigger task to reach playoffs
By PAUL BATTERSON
ThisWeek Staff Writer

The Olentangy High School football team


advanced to the Division II playoffs the last
two seasons, but lost in the first round to Avon
Lake 21-7 in 2005 and to Tiffin Columbian
21-7 last season.
But now, the Braves, who finished 8-3 over-
all last year, have been moved up to Division
I.
“It becomes more difficult to make the play-
offs because we’re now thrown in there with
all of the OCC and Franklin County teams
instead of being in Division II where you were
kicked up north with the Toledo region,” said
coach Ed Terwilliger, whose team will open
Friday at Dublin Scioto. “The move just throws
another good football team into a region where
it has been difficult to get into the playoffs to
begin with.”
Olentangy tied Worthington Kilbourne and
Westerville South for second at 3-2 in the OCC-
Cardinal Division behind eventual Division II
state runner-up Pickerington Central last year.
It opened 7-0, with victories over eventual play-
off qualifiers Big Walnut (Division II) 28-21
in three overtimes and Westerville South (Divi-
sion I) 36-17.
But the Braves lost two of their last three
regular-season games, to Central 50-7 and Kil- By Karen Carter/ThisWeek

bourne 15-14. The Braves’ Nick McVay outruns Kenton defenders Dailyn Campbell and Chris Fannon (front) during their scrimmage Aug. 11.
“The thing about the playoffs is you have to
win games to get in,” Terwilliger said. “If you 10, 210) — on offense. Stevens, who as a full- He will be backed up by senior Nic Jasper Oglesbee (6-3, 222) are looking for time at
don’t win, you’re not going anywhere. We aren’t back rushed for 817 yards and 11 touchdowns (5-10, 142) and junior J.J. Johnson (5-11, 150). tackle.
looking at anything else other than taking care and caught 16 passes for 167 yards and a touch- Senior Jackson Roberts (5-10, 204) is the “The offensive line is crucial at any level,
of ourselves. If we do that, then the other stuff down and was named second-team all-OCC, fullback. Seniors Nick McVay (6-1, 174), John whether it is youth league, middle school, high
will take of itself.” has moved to tailback. Dawson caught six May (6-0, 176) and Jake Deering (6-0, 163) school, college or pros,” Terwilliger said. “It
Olentangy returns five senior starters — tail- passes for 100 yards, and Anunike caught four and junior Monte Davis (6-1, 155) are receivers. takes time to get those guys to jell together.
back Drew Stevens (6-foot-3, 215 pounds), passes for 63 yards. “We’re going to have some real talent,” Hopefully you have enough talent to be suc-
receiver Andre Dawson (6-0, 170), tight end Stevens has made a verbal commitment to Stevens said. “I can’t say enough about Duffy. cessful and enough depth in case someone gets
Kenny Anunike (6-5, 220) and linemen John Michigan State and Anunike has committed to I feel very confident with him as our quarter- hurt.”
Greenzalis (6-0, 238) and Eric Spracklen (5- Duke. back. We have some guys who were used as Defensively, the Braves return only three
Senior Michael Duffy (5-11, 160) takes over blocking receivers last year who are going to starters in senior Kevin Cunningham (6-2,
At a glance the quarterback spot vacated by graduate Daniel
Johnson, who rushed for 204 yards on 41 car-
surprise some people.”
The Braves lost senior center Adam Fell to
265) at defensive tackle and seniors Chad Pep-
per (6-0, 200) and Christian Langwasser (6-
OLENTANGY BRAVES ries and completed 82 of 182 passes for 1,206 a knee injury. Sophomore Kyle Bognor (6-0, 0, 205) at linebacker. Langwasser had 53 first-
Colors: Blue and gold
Coach: Ed Terwilliger, 18th season
yards with nine touchdowns and 11 intercep- 245) and junior Nic Theodor (5-11, 217) will hits, 52 assists and one interception and was
Key players: Kenny Anunike, Kevin Cunningham, tions. Duffy completed seven of 11 passes for compete for the starting slot. Seniors Sam first-team all-OCC, while Pepper had 62 first-
Andre Dawson, Michael Duffy, John Greenzalis, Chris- 91 yards and a touchdown as a backup and led Gutentag (6-3, 190), Grant Gorham (6-1, 222)
tian Langwasser, Chad Pepper, Eric Spracklen and the junior varsity to a record of 8-1. and Kent Kinter (6-3, 282) and junior Preston See OLENTANGY, page 31
Drew Stevens
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August 22, 2007 • Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07
2007 SCHEDULE

Good Luck
Aug. 24..............Dublin Scioto......................Away
Aug. 31..............Thomas Worthington .........Home
Sept. 7...............Delaware............................Away
Sept. 14 ............Big Walnut..........................Away
Sept. 21 ............Marysville .........................Home

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Sept. 28 ............Dublin Jerome ....................Away


Oct. 5 ................Westerville South ..............Home
Oct. 12 ..............Pickerington Central ..........Home
Oct. 19 ..............Mount Vernon.....................Away
Oct. 26 ..............Worthington Kilbourne .......Home
2006 RESULTS
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Thomas Worthington.................................W, 10-7
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