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By RAY LEE his line to shield him from the defense kids who can be competitive. The kids
ThisWeek Contributor At a glance until he is able to select his gap and are up for the challenge. We just need
run through it. the experience.”
WHITEHALL RAMS Oct. 12 .......Granville....................Home “Marty is built low,” Kane said. “He Junior Corey Dulaney (5-6, 160) is
Whitehall High School football Colors: Black and white Oct. 19 .......Lakewood ...................Away
coach Kip Kane will look to mix things Coach: Kip Kane, sixth season Oct. 27 .......Newark Catholic ..........Away runs differently. He is short and stocky. a versatile defensive player who can
up offensively by using three running Key players: Robbie Bridges, Quan Brooks, 2006 RESULTS Marty is able to hide behind the line be put almost anywhere on the field.
backs, each with his own style. Andrew Coburn, Corey Dulaney and Martin (0-10 overall, 0-7 MSL-Ohio) and then hit the gap when he needs He has played strong safety, defen-
After the Rams finished 0-10 over- On the Web:
Zanesville.................................L, 53-13 to.” sive tackle and cornerback for the
all a year ago, Kane plans on using Franklin Heights ..........................L, 55-7 Kane doesn’t expect his three backs Rams.
2007 SCHEDULE St. Charles .................................L, 56-0
senior Quan Brooks (6-foot-2, 206 Aug. 24.......New Albany .................Away Newark Catholic........................L, 42-12 to do all the work. Senior quarterback “Corey is real tough,” Kane said.
pounds) and juniors Martin Aug. 31.......Eastmoor ..................Home Columbus Academy...................L, 69-20 Andrew Coburn (6-4, 226) enters the “He can do a lot for us, so he will be
McMichael (5-4, 155) and Robbie Sept. 7 .......Canal Winchester ........Away Bexley ........................................L, 48-7 season with nagging injuries, but somewhere on the field.”
Bridges (6-0, 170) to carry his young Sept. 14 .....Columbus Academy....Home Licking Valley ............................L, 55-20 should be able to lead the team when The Rams’ main goal is to win the
Sept. 20 .....Bexley .......................Home Heath.......................................L, 33-14
team in the early part of the season. Sept. 28 .....Licking Valley...............Away Granville.....................................L, 54-7 he is healthy. MSL-Ohio Division, which they
“Offensively, we are strong at run- Oct. 5 .........Heath........................Home Lakewood...................................L, 20-7 One of the biggest challenges for believe also should lead to a playoff
ning the ball,” Kane said. “We have the Rams as they prepare for their berth.
three good backs to carry the ball.” Be a champion for life — donate blood! opener Friday at New Albany is over- “We need to work hard and get con-
Bridges, the speed back, returned 1-800-GIVE-LIFE S coming inexperience. They have only ditioned,” Kane said. “It is a long, hard
four kickoff for scores last season. six seniors and 10 returning letter- schedule. I am impressed with the
“Robbie is a slasher,” Kane said. winners. boys’attitude and work. They just need
“He is able to hit the hole real hard. According to Kane, Brooks has runner. McMichael is able to use his “We are awful young,” Kane said. to believe in themselves and get over
Once he hits the hole, he has the speed good feet and hands, has the ability to size to his advantage. A small back, “We need to mature and grow up the hump. We need to stay positive
to score.” catch the ball and is a good open-field McMichael has learned how to use quickly. If we stay healthy, we have and work hard everyday.”


Continued from page 56 two-way linemen led by seniors Denzel Ken- Continued from page 67 “As a staff, we’ve really simplified things
ley and Ray Watters and juniors Jordan Stan- defensively,” said Franks, who has added Fisher
linemen Mike Christian and Sterling Demons ley and Mike Gardner have the team believ- and Lewis on the defensive line. Catholic to the schedule this season, with the
leading the way. If Northland can get by the ing it can have another strong season. Lott (6-0, 215) made second-team all-district two clashing Sept. 8 at White Field. “We’ve
Punchers on Sept. 28 on the road, it could be “Mifflin is going to come back and be strong,” at linebacker, and senior Christian Spencer also stressed body positioning, things like that. It’s
in line to contend for the title when it plays Dunlap said. “I think Whetstone will be bet- made second-team all-district as the punter and not a big group but it’s a fit group.”
host to Brookhaven on Oct. 19 and at Beechcroft ter, Northland will be better and Brookhaven placekicker. Being fitter seems to be the key to survival
on Oct. 26. is Brookhaven. Last year, the team that won Joining Lott’s group on defense are seniors in the MSL-Ohio, as the Green Wave found out

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The Punchers struggled with numbers for the league even had one loss. If either Mifflin Nick Brown (5-8, 180) and Bo Kreager (5-11, a year ago while graduating first-team all-dis-
much of the preseason and have little experi- or Northland beats us last year, they win the 190) and juniorAaron Shook (5-11, 195), among trict selections John McGrath (lineman), Andy
ence at the skilled positions, but a group of league instead of us.” others. The secondary includes Baker, seniors Paul (lineman/running back) and Tommy Pel-
Adam Annarino (5-11, 160), Eliot Peters (6-1, lett (defensive back) and second-team pick Mar-
170) and Jarred Huey (5-11, 145) and juniors shal Carpenter (quarterback/defensive back),
CITY-SOUTH Matt Lewis (5-10, 155) and Nick Richards (5-
10, 140).
The 4-4 look on defense is new this season
who stood in for Elwell and threw for 742 yards
and five touchdowns while rushing for 157 and
two more scores. All but Carpenter made hon-
Continued from page 57 13.7 points per game. and the Green Wave must show improvement orable-mention all-state.
“The South Division is very competitive, with it, especially after surrendering a combined “We learned so much about our new league
kids so they expect to go to the playoffs every but we’d like to think we’re going to have an 110 points in the final three games a year ago, last year,” Lott said. “We have to be more phys-
year. We have to get back to that point.” opportunity to win it,” he said. “A lot of teams including regular-season losses to Bexley (33- ical, and I think we’ve got the conditioning to
The Red Devils have one of the league’s top were young last year, but all of them were 7) and playoff-bound Licking Valley (35-0). do that.”
quarterbacks in senior Jeremy Hill, who com- pretty good. I think we’re only going to see
pleted 44 of 86 passes for 811 yards and 15
West sophomore Eric Stewart hopes to help
more quality across the league this year.”
Even Africentric, which hadn’t won a game
in 27 tries until last season, expects to improve
Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07 • August 22, 2007

his team’s cause after throwing for eight touch- upon its finish at 4-6 overall with a number of
downs and nearly 1,200 yards as a midseason key returnees on defense. Continued from page 65 the U.S. Army.
replacement. “You have a lot of teams who improved “I think we still have pretty good team speed,
Walnut Ridge had one of the top defenses tremendously last year,” Eastmoor coach Jim at cornerback. Classmate Caleb Downey (6- and some of these guys definitely know what
in the City last season under first-year coach Miranda said. “South turned it on and Afri- 0, 175) and junior Cameron Ross (5-9, 150) it takes to win and have shown that,” Collier
and former Beechcroft defensive coordinator centric had a great season so it looks like our are other slot backs, and senior Chase Ober- said.
Byron Mattox, whose team held opponents to entire league should be strong.” field (6-0, 170) is a downfield receiver. . Two years ago, the Bulldogs just missed
Up front, senior Chuck LaRue (6-3, 215) making the playoffs for the first time since
and sophomore Dylan Wethey (6-0, 215) return, 1991, and last year several close games could
CCL but LaRue is moving from tight end to tackle
and Wethey from tackle to center. They’ll likely
see time on the defensive line as well. LaRue
have turned either way. They lost 36-31 in the
opener, a chaotic finish at Delaware that set a
strange tone. They also fell 21-14 against play-
Continued from page 48 With 17 returning starters back, including and Jones played key roles for the baseball off-bound Newark Catholic in sixth week, post-
senior quarterback Brock Brown and senior team that won a Division III state champi- ing a 1-3 record overall against postseason
takes on a big feel.” inside linebacker Ian Graham, the Silver Knights onship last spring. qualifiers that included a 34-28 triumph over
•The CCL-Gold game between Ready and hope to turn things around this season. Other key defenders include senior linemen Division V regional semifinalist Johnstown in
Hartley — the only division members — will “Hartley is the favorite this year,” coach Kevin Sharrock (6-0, 185) and Cyle Crouse the second game.
be Oct. 26 at Ready. Larry Wolf said. “They’re the favorite until we (5-6, 160) and promising junior cornerback The Bulldogs, who until 2005 hadn’t
The Silver Knights’ 6-3 loss to the Hawks beat them.” Lucas Barrett (5-9, 160). Ross and Oberfield had a winning season since ’01 when they
last season ended their Division V, Region 19 Hartley finished 5-5 last year and is expected will play linebacker, Wethey up front and won a third consecutive MSL-Cardinal title,
playoff hopes as they finished 10th in the region. to start a senior at quarterback in Jeff Daley Downey at free safety. At nose guard is senior have dropped down to Division V this sea-
Ready beat only one team that posted a win- who hasn’t played at the position since his Mike Flagg (5-10, 200), who Collier said son and is the county’s only school to change
ning record in DeGraff Riverside (45-9 in the freshman season. already has gone through basic training with divisions.
opener) last year on the way to finishing 7-3 “When we play Ready, it’s always a great
and has lost to Hartley each of the last three game,” Hartley coach Dick Geyer said. “They
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