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Hornets starting to catch playoff fever
By KURTIS ADAMS nets. “I really like our schedule. There’s tough
ThisWeek Staff Writer competition week in and week out. When we
finally do get in (the postseason), we know we’ll
Excitement is brewing in the southwest cor- be ready because of the caliber of teams we
ner of Licking County. Licking Heights High play.”
School football coach Darren Waters even dares Waters has named six captains and Grizer (6-
to talk about the playoffs, and neighboring foot, 200 pounds), Shawn Smith (5-8, 170), Roy
Watkins Memorial is coming off its first post- Bias (5-10, 200) and Cody Denig (6-1, 205) are
season appearance. the first juniors under him to earn that honor.
“It’s just a great thing for this community,” The other captains are seniors Drew Domres (5-
Waters said. 8, 170) and Victor Stallings (5-10, 165).
The Hornets won three of their final four Smith returns at quarterback after throwing
games a year ago, including a forfeit over Har- for 366 yards and two touchdowns last year
vest Prep, to finish 5-5 overall and fourth at 4- when he split time with graduate and Dayton-
3 in the MSL-Cardinal Division won by play- recruit James Ward, a Division IV first-team all-
off-bound West Jefferson (7-0). They topped district pick who threw for 275 yards, rushed
Grandview 20-7 in the ninth game and prevailed for 271 and had 167 receiving yards while play-
54-0 at Millersport in the finale, and that four- ing a hand in eight touchdowns. Smith, also a
game stretch also included a 30-27 setback at cornerback, had six interceptions, three of which
Liberty Union in triple overtime. came in a 13-3 opening win over Northridge.
Now, nine starters return on offense and eight Grizer is a possession-type receiver moving
on defense. from tight end who also plays tackle for a defense
“I think we had more people at our (first) that forced 30 turnovers last season, even if the
scrimmage than some of our games in the past,” offense didn’t always capitalize (averaging only
junior Phillip Grizer said. 17.1 points with too many penalties). Bias, a
A promising junior class is a part of the opti- tailback and inside linebacker moving in from
mism at Licking Heights, which made its only the secondary, was the team’s leading rusher the
playoff appearance in 2001. The team finished past two years, totaling 443 yards last season to
5-5 a year later and that was the last time it man- make honorable mention all-district. Denig is a
aged even a .500 record until last season. offensive tackle and nose guard, Domres a wing-
The opener is Friday at Philo, which replaces By Lorrie Cecil/ThisWeek
Northridge on the schedule and should improve See HORNETS, page 75 Dan Pennington, a running back/linebacker, led the Hornets with 103 tackles last season.
on last year’s 5-5 finish. The other non-league
games areAug. 31 at Watkins Memorial, a Divi-
sion II regional semifinalist last year, and Sept.
7 at home against Johnstown, which advanced
to a Division V regional semifinal. The Warriors
went 10-2 and the Johnnies 9-3, and Watkins Good Luck
Licking Heights
shared the OCC-Capital title.
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“Adding (Division III) Philo, a bigger school


like that, if we’re thinking about the playoffs
it’ll be a good experience for us. We probably
have the toughest non-league schedule in the

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Northridge................................................W, 13-3
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