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M I D- ST A T E L E A G U E- CA R D I N A L
Overview

Roughriders try to remain atop league


By BRITTON DOVE ning of the year and say we want to munity the success that they deserve.”
ThisWeek Contributor be 10-0 or we want to win the league The Rockets run a wing-T offen-
title or be state champions,” he said. sive set with three members of the
Inside the division
The defending champion appears “We focus on the here and now.” backfield returning — senior half- 2006 STANDINGS Licking Heights at Harvest Prep
Team League Overall Millersport at Liberty Union
to be this year’s favorite in the race back Zach Hutchins (6-foot, 195 West Jefferson 7-0 12-1 Oct. 5
for the MSL-Cardinal Division BERNE UNION pounds), senior fullback T-Jay Queen Fisher Catholic 6-1 10-2 Berne Union at Harvest Prep
championship in football. With one scrimmage past, Berne (5-9, 200) and junior halfback Colton Liberty Union 5-2 7-3 Grandview Heights at Millersport
West Jefferson High School went Union coach Gary Cox was waiting Speelman (5-9, 180). Licking Heights 4-3 5-5 Liberty Union at Licking Heights
Berne Union 2-5 4-6 Oct. 6
7-0 against league opponents and for everything to fall into place. Senior guards James Angles (5- Grandview 2-5 2-8 West Jefferson at Fisher Catholic
finished 12-1 overall after losing to With seven starters returning on 9, 185) and Chris Parrish (5-7, 190) Millersport 1-6 3-7 Oct. 12
Amanda-Clearcreek 21-14 in a Divi- offense and eight on defense and 17 return on the offensive line with Harvest Prep 1-6 1-9
Liberty Union at Berne Union
sion IV regional final. From that seniors on a 56-player roster, the senior Chris Holloway (6-2, 180) 2007 SCHEDULE Licking Heights at Grandview Heights
Sept. 14 Millersport at West Jefferson
team, 20 letterwinners are back. fourth-year coach wants to find the back at wide receiver. Berne Union at Licking Heights Oct. 13
The Roughriders finished ahead appropriate slots to help his Rock- Ronnie Edwards (6-5, 200) started Grandview Heights at Harvest Prep Harvest Prep at Fisher Catholic
of Fisher Catholic at 6-1, Liberty ets reach the top of the MSL-Car- at quarterback last season, but might Liberty Union at West Jefferson
Oct. 19
Sept. 15
Union at 5-2, Licking Heights at 4- dinal. move to wide receiver to make way Millersport at Fisher Catholic Grandview Heights at Berne Union
3, Berne Union and Grandview at “We have a senior class that is for junior Nick Adams (5-8, 165). Sept. 21 Fisher Catholic at Liberty Union
2-5 and Millersport and Harvest Prep really unselfish and they really don’t “One of them will be the quar- West Jefferson at Berne Union Millersport at Licking Heights
Liberty Union at Grandview Heights Oct. 20
1-6. care who gets the credit as long as terback and the other will play wide Harvest Prep at Millersport West Jefferson at Harvest Prep
For sixth-year West Jefferson it’s for the good of the team,” said receiver and also play (cornerback) Sept. 22 Oct. 26
coach Shawn Buescher, the goals Cox, whose team was 4-6 overall for us,” Cox said. “Ronnie is a big Licking Heights at Fisher Catholic Berne Union at Millersport
are the same every season — to get last season and will open Friday at guy at 6-5 and his release and his Sept. 28 Grandview Heights at Fisher Catholic
Fisher Catholic at Berne Union Harvest Prep at Liberty Union
better. Glouster Trimble. “They want to go Grandview Heights at West Jefferson Licking Heights at West Jefferson
“We do not sit down at the begin- out and give the school and the com- See MSL-CARDINAL, page 74

Grandview Heights
Peters sets bar
high in first year

. . . .
as Bobcats coach
By DON DELCO ished 22-19 overall, and in 2005 he
ThisWeek Staff Writer led the Bobcats to their first appear-
ance in the postseason since 1987 and
Mercifully, the Grandview Heights first league title since 1979.
High School football team ended its Peters has no desire to draw moti-
morning session Aug. 13. For the last vation from last season’s struggles. By Karen Carter/ThisWeek
15 minutes of practice, the team under- “We’re moving on,” he said. “We
went conditioning drills on the field started with this season and we’re Jason Peters begins his first season as head coach of Grandview, which opens Friday at home against Utica.
north of the Bobcat Stadium. going forward.”
is at center.”
As the team slinked its way toward
the locker room for a midday break,
Peters is in his first role as a head
coach after 12 years as an assistant At a glance Juniors Casey Rouch and Russ
Cheney are battling for time at tight
Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07 • August 22, 2007

there was no mistaking the first-year that included stints at Bexley, Fosto- GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS Oct. 19.........Berne Union ..............Away
coach. Jason Peters, a Hilliard grad- ria, Ready and West Jefferson. Since end. Senior Fred Lane returns at quar-
Colors: Navy and white Oct. 26.........Fisher Catholic .........Home
uate and former three-year starter on 2004, Peters was the offensive coor- Coach: Jason Peters, first season
terback after throwing for 1,079 yards
2006 SCHEDULE last season and senior Zach Jump is
the offensive line at Bowling Green, dinator and offensive line coach at Key players: Zach Jump, Fred Lane, Sam (2-8 overall, 2-5 MSL-Cardinal)
was the largest presence among the Hilliard Darby. Mehling, Jack Minnillo and Casey Rouch New Albany...............................L, 56-21 back at running back. Jump led the
On the Web: www.ghfootball.com Madison Plains.........................L, 36-11 team with 508 yards rushing.
40-player team. In keeping with his “I’ve waited my whole life for this,”
large presence, so, too are his expec- Peters said. “I wanted to go some- 2007 SCHEDULE Eastmoor Academy .....................L, 18-0 Also expected to see time on offense
Aug. 24 ........Utica .......................Home Fisher Catholic............................L, 40-7 are junior Garrison Graves, Mehling
tations for the Bobcats. where where athletics mattered, where Aug. 31 ........East Knox..................Away *Harvest Prep..............................W, 1-0
“Being mediocre is not acceptable,” Friday night is the only show in town, Sept. 7 .....Eastmoor Academy.......Home Liberty Union ............................L, 21-16 and Teach at running back and Tittel
said Peters, whose team opens Friday and this is what we’re doing. That’s Sept. 14.......Harvest Prep .............Away West Jefferson..........................L, 39-14 at wing back. David Ellis returns at
at home against Utica. “Playing hard why I’m here.” Sept. 21.......Liberty Union............Home Millersport.................................W, 14-0 place kicker while punting is between
Sept. 28.......West Jefferson...........Away Licking Heights ............................L 20-7 Jump or Rouch.
is not an expectation but a demand. If So far, Peters experienced a smooth Oct. 5...........Millersport.................Away Berne Union ...............................L, 27-7
you’re not going to play hard, you’re transition and has established how he Oct. 12.........Licking Heights.........Home *Harvest Prep forfeited “You’ll see lots of formations on
not going to play for us.” wants his team to conduct themselves offense,” Peters said. “We’ll have lots
Grandview finished 2-8 last season on the field. of motion, a little bit of option, a lit-
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and earning another victory after Har- and put a lot of pressure on teams to “But I’m old school, I’m an old
vest Prep had to forfeit its first five adjust to what we’re doing.” “It’s similar to what Buddy Ryan With 40 players total, Peters has offensive lineman so we’re going to
games for using an ineligible player. Senior running back and linebacker ran with the (Chicago Bears),” Peters numerous two-way players and run the ball first.”
“We don’t want to go through what Sam Mehling has taken to Peters’ said. “You’ll see nine to 10 guys in nowhere is that more evident than on Based off the enthusiasm and opti-
we went through last year,” senior requests. “We have to push ourselves the box. We’re bringing blitzes, twists the defensive and offensive lines. mism, Peters expects improve on the
wide receiver and defensive back Jack ever play,” Mehling said. “We expect and stunts. We’re not going to sit still.” “Right now, six guys are really step- two-win season.
Minnillo said. “It was embarrassing to win each game, not give up and go Joining Mehling at linebacker are ping up,” Peters said. “They’re com- “We’re not hoping just to hang on
for us and the whole school.” down fighting.” juniors Shawn Rine and Casey Rouch ing together. Three guys are working and make it close,” he said. “We’re
Grandview was in search of a coach Mehling led Grandview with 138 and sophomore Clay Teach. In the sec- in at the tackle spots in Shawn Rine, going to get after it offensively, get
after Scott Gordon ended his four-year tackles last season. Peters brings a dif- ondary, Minnillo is at free safety and Zach Taylor and freshman Dan Sat- after it defensively and our special
tenure last March to accept a position ferent philosophy on defense as the senior Jarrad Tittel is at one corner terthwaite. At guard, it’s Blake West teams are solid. We’re going to play
70 at Thomas Worthington. Gordon fin- Bobcats will play a 4-6 style. with his counterpart still unknown. and Erza Ruiz and Brendon Ballard smart, aggressive football.”