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“Dalton handled the offensive tran- CIRCLEVILLE


sition very well,” Hinton said. In past years, Circleville has beaten
Other skill players who look to make opponents with its size, overpower-
big contributions include Judd Ellinger ing teams and pounding the ball on
at tight end and Josh Mathes and Tay- the ground. The Tigers plan to change
lor Griebel at wide receiver. this season.
Senior center and third-year starter Lacking the size they had previous
Cory Tedrow will anchor the line, but years, the Tigers have decided to open
other players will need to fill out the the offense and throw the ball more
rest. Ray Spence played some on the often.
line last year and likely will see more “It is different,” said coach Keith
time this fall. Downing, whose team will open Sat-
urday at home against Miami Trace.
One the defensive side Amanda-
“You have to take some chances and
Clearcreek returns most of its backs,
I think that we have the personnel to
but will need players to fill in the front do that.”
seven. Ellinger plays outside linebacker Last season Circleville made the
and was one of the team’s leading tack- Division III playoffs, going 8-3 over-
lers last season. Mathes and Griebel all. The Tigers lost 18 graduates from By Jim Metzendorf/ThisWeek
also play in the secondary. that team and return four starters on
Former DeSales coach Bob Jacoby has taken over at Hamilton Township, a program which has gone a combined
offense and four on defense. 1-19 the last two seasons.
BLOOM-CARROLL One returning player is senior quar-
When Burkhardt arrived at Bloom- terback Kory Hartinger (6-2, 165),
Carroll, everything changed. to shut down the run. is senior Kevin Darst (5-7, 140). Hamil- season, Teays Valley hopes to return
who threw for more than 1,000 yards Seniors Ike Lacey (6-2, 210),Andy ton Township plans to use a two run- to the top tier of the MSL-Buckeye.
Bloom-Carroll had operated out of and had seven touchdowns last sea-
a shotgun spread formation, throwing Watkins (6-0, 206), Travis Fisher (6- ning-back set, and four players are Last year the Vikings struggled and
son. With a larger emphasis on pass- 2, 217), junior Ted Duvall (6-3, 215) vying for the two spots. Seniors Matt finished 4-6 overall. The players and
the ball nearly every play. With ing the ball, Hartinger’s play will be
Burkhardt in control, the offense under- and sophomore Patrick Seesholtz (6- Snider (5-8, 174), Donovan Rains (5- coaches expect a different result this
a major aspect of the Tigers success. 3, 217) will handle the duties on the 7, 150), Josh Frakes (5-7, 170) and season.
went a major renovation. Hartinger’s top target will be senior
“We run the football,” said defensive front. Sean Hart (5-10, 180) will compete “Our goal is to win the Mid-State
Drew Clanin (5-9, 160), who was first- Offensively, the Falcons will need for the running back spots. League and have an opportunity to get
Burkhardt, whose team will open Fri- team all-district and all-league. Clanin
day at Liberty Union. “Everything is players to fill in at most of the skill Jacoby also expects all four of those into the playoffs,” said Evans, whose
also starts in the defensive backfield, positions. Junior Ross Householder players to also play defense. team will open Friday at home against
new to them.” and the coaches said he can make big (5-9, 160) will start at quarterback. He Westfall.
Using the passing attack, Bloom- plays with his speed.
Carroll struggled last season, finish-
has game experience at split end and LOGAN ELM A Division II program, Teays Val-
Another returning first-team all-dis- defensive back, but has not played any Logan Elm is not known for its cre- ley has the largest roster in the league,
ing 3-7 overall. Burkhardt brings his trict and all-league selection is senior games under center. ative offense. The program has devel- and it returns 13 seniors from last sea-
running offense from Fisher Catholic, running back Cody Griffin (5-9, 175), The Falcons operate out of a wing- oped a reputation as a power team, son. It runs an option-style offense,

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where he made the Division VI play- who scored 16 touchdowns and had T formation, primarily running the
offs all four years as a coach. and this year’s squad looks to con- rushing 35 to 40 times a game. Most
more than 1,100 total yards last year. option. Junior Nate Shull (5-5, 135) tinue with that mindset.
The change most will affect senior of the passing game comes from play-
With the graduation of running back will start at halfback. “For about 30 or 40 years we have
quarterback Ryan Hughes (6-foot-4, actions, and the Vikings plan to throw
Adam Turner, the coaches expect Grif- Using the option attack, the Falcons been smash-mouth football,” said
210 pounds), who collected big stats only 10 to 15 times per game.
fin to be the workhorse in the back- try to distribute carries evenly between Stephens, whose team will open Fri-
and statewide recognition under the field. Teays Valley lost 17 graduates,
the halfback and the fullback. At full- day at Washington Court House. “Our including most of the skill players.
spread offense. Hughes has started On the offensive line Circleville will back, Fairfield Union will use senior success is going to be whether we are During camp theVikings have worked
since his sophomore year and thrown have to replace Travis Lester and Joey Aaron Moore (5-8, 180) and juniors able to play smash-mouth football to establish starters at quarterback and
for more than 2,500 years each of the Cooper, who cleared the way for Grif- Mike Smith (5-8, 185) and MattArcher when we need to.” running back.
last two seasons. fin and Turner last season. The coach- (5-8, 152). Last season Logan Elm went 4-6 Senior Dustin Williams (5-10, 170)
Burkhardt said he likes to run boot- ing staff will use all grade levels to fill The Falcons also return four expe- overall. It returns key components of likely will begin the season as the quar-
leg passes, so Hughes will carry the the empty spots on the line. Senior rienced linemen —seniorsAlex Vogel its running attack, including senior
ball more and develop his abilities out- Terry Ford (6-0, 240) will play cen- terback, but junior Brady Stewart (6-
(5-11, 181) Devin Schwartz (5-9, 227), running back Bryant Blake (6-0, 200)
side the pocket. ter and his brother, freshman Dylan 2, 210) also has battled for time.
Lacey and junior Kris Ashbaugh (6- and a core of the offensive line. Seniors
“He was the first guy that has been Ford (6-3, 260), likely will start at left At running back the Vikings have
1, 218). Clay Sparks (6-3, 330), Zach Frazier
on board with the (new offense),” tackle. senior Walter Stewart (6-5, 210), a big
(6-1, 245) and Josh Linton (6-2, 205) back who also can break a run to the
Burkhardt said. “He has been great On the defensive side, the Tigers HAMILTON TOWNSHIP will anchor the line. outside.
Central Ohio High School Football Preview ’07 • August 22, 2007

and I love his abilities at quarterback.” return three starters in the secondary. After winning just one game in the Senior tight end T.J. Templeton (6-
Now with the team running between Clanin and Griffin both started in the past two seasons, Hamilton Township Stewart also brings a tough pass
1, 240) also will play a versatile role. rough on the defensive side. At out-
60-70 percent of the time, the running secondary and senior Andy White (6- has new expectations under Jacoby, In addition to Blake, the Braves will
backs will have a chance to get car- 3, 240) is back at linebacker. White who is wasting no time changing the side linebacker and defensive end, he
use several others as the halfback.
ries. Joining Burkhardt from Bloom- can make plays behind the line of culture at his new job. The Rangers can cause problems by getting into
Logan Elm varies from using the half-
Carroll are his twin sons. Ryan scrimmage and was one of the team’s will open Friday at home against Madi- the backfield with his combination of
back as a blocking back or a threat out
Burkhardt (5-7, 145) played quarter- leading tacklers. son Plains. of the backfield. size and speed.
back at Fisher Catholic and led his “I want to have a winning record Juniors Cody Cordle (5-11, 205) Other players who could see time
team to a 10-2 record last year, but FAIRFIELD UNION and see if we can make a run at get- and Lance Konkle (6-2, 182) and senior at running back or wingback include
with Hughes at the position Ryan will Winning the MSL-Buckeye and ting into the playoffs,” Jacoby said. “I Steven Peters (5-8, 168) hope to get senior Andrew Cox (6-1, 189) and
move to fullback. making the playoffs two years in a don’t want our kids to think that is not time as the team’s second back. juniors Stewart Trego (6-0, 180),
John Burkhardt will play the wing- row does not have Fairfield Union rel- something that is possible.” The quarterback battle has not been Colton Foreman (6-0, 180), Anthony
back position along with Aaron Dani- ishing its accomplishments. In fact, Last season Hamilton Township fin- resolved, as two players are compet- Barnes (5-8, 148), Kaleb McManus
son (5-10, 142) and freshman Doc the Falcons have stepped up the expec- ished 1-9 overall. It has most of its ing to replace last year’s starter, Luke (6-1, 170), Jeremiah Moody (6-2, 185),
Kilby (5-11, 168) tations. team returning, and also has seen a Sergeant — senior Tyler Davis (5-11, Nate Ormiston (6-0, 183) and Jacob
Other players who likely will get “We have to take that one step fur- significant increase in the number of 175) and junior Taylor Steed (6-2, Pontius (6-3, 200).
time in the backfield include Woody ther,” said coach Tom McCurdy, whose students coming out of the team. The 160). Davis stands in the pocket and TheVikings return most of the offen-
Schmitz, Pat Cunningham (5-9, 162) team will open Friday at New Lex- Rangers have added a freshman team Steed is more of an athletic quarter- sive line, which Evans considers an
and Alex Grover (6-0, 172). ington. “We want to go further in the this year, and have about 70 players back. athletic group. The linemen do not
During the early part of practice, playoffs.” overall. At the end of last season, the At wide receiver the quarterbacks have the same size as previous groups,
the offensive linemen have developed Fairfield Union finished 8-3 over- Rangers had 35 players. will have junior Chase Minor (6-1, but Evans thinks that shedding the
a previously foreign technique: run all last year after it lost to Gallipolis The coaching staff will implement 190) and senior Dustin Hardbarger extra pounds will help the offense.
blocking. With the spread offense, the GalliaAcademy 14-9 in the first round an option-style offense, and the (5-11, 175) as targets. Senior center Joe Streitenberger (6-0,
line focused on pass blocking, but now of the Division III playoffs. Rangers have three players compet- Logan Elm lost several starters from 270) will anchor the middle of the line.
it will have to create holes for the run- Fairfield Union returns 21 letter- ing for the job at quarterback — senior last year’s defense, and will look to Defensively, TeaysValley has speed
ning backs. winners and 16 seniors, but lost most Richard Delozier (5-11, 210), junior the young players to fill in the holes. that can cause problems for opposing
Another strength for Bloom-Car- of its skill players. Six starters return Dorian Curry (6-3, 195) and sopho- offenses.
72 roll is senior kicker Nick Blevins (5- on defense and McCurdy expects the more Casey Smith (5-10, 150). TEAYS VALLEY Senior linebacker Tanner Hoover
8, 164). Burkhardt considers Blevins line and linebackers have the ability One of the main targets at receiver After a disappointing record last will look to lead the way.