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Inexperienced Warriors have high hopes


By CORY STEGER
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
Westerville North High School football WESTERVILLE NORTH WARRIORS
coach Chad Williams entered last season opti- Colors: Cardinal and gold
Coach: Chad Williams, fifth season
mistic that his team would make a run at return- Key players: Shane Borowy, Matt Clegg, Nate Gua-
ing to the Division I playoffs for the first time genti, Adam Krieger, Grant Lewis, Chris McCluney,
since 1999. Jake Milnes, Tony Nardone, Joe Salvino, Eric Sulsarz,
But the Warriors lost their first four games, Taj Taylor and Matt Workman
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then watched as some key players got injured.
2007 SCHEDULE
North eventually finished 3-7 overall and went Aug. 24..............Olentangy Liberty................Away
2-3 in the OCC-Buckeye Division to place Aug. 31..............New Albany.......................Home
fourth. Sept. 7...............DeSales.............................Away
The Warriors do not return many starters Sept. 14 ............Pickerington Central ..........Home
Sept. 21 ............Central Crossing ...............Home
but do have a lot of seniors and depth at the Sept. 28 ............Reynoldsburg .....................Away
skill positions, and again there is some opti- Oct. 5 ................Grove City.........................Home
mism. Oct. 12 ..............Upper Arlington...................Away
“We felt like we did some good things last Oct. 19 ..............Hilliard Davidson ...............Home
Oct. 26 ..............Dublin Coffman ..................Away
year and we got some younger guys into the
2006 RESULTS
game,” said Williams, whose team will open (3-7 overall, 2-3 OCC-Buckeye)
Friday at Olentangy Liberty. “There are going Hilliard Darby ..........................................L, 31-14
to be a lot of first-year starters out there, but Westerville South ......................................L, 34-7
they’ve gotten better every day. They’ve been DeSales .................................................L, 53-19
Pickerington Central ................................L, 42-10
working hard, and they’ve been positive. The Central Crossing.......................................W, 20-0
more we go along, the better I feel about where Reynoldsburg .........................................W, 20-14
this group is going to end up.” Grove City ..............................................W, 28-21
North will move from a spread-option Upper Arlington .......................................L, 17-13
Hilliard Davidson .......................................L, 48-7
offense to a more traditional split-back option. Dublin Coffman .........................................L, 21-3
The Warriors will attempt to replace Terry
Tyree at quarterback with whoever wins the By Lorrie Cecil/ThisWeek
BE THE ONE to
competition between seniors Adam Krieger,
Chris McCluney and Matt Workman.
North’s Chris McCluney dives for extra yardage Aug. 11 against Newark. McCluney is in a
three-way battle for the starting quarterback job.
champion
life for patients in need.
Workman also plays receiver and defen-
sive back, and McCluney will start at free Milnes (OL), Ryan Call (WR/DB), Isaac Pet- “I’d like to see our defense have some 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
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safety for the second consecutive season. tiford (WR/DB), Lewis Childs (WR) and Tyler shutouts,” senior linebacker Grant Lewis said.
Krieger started at quarterback in a scrimmage Rowland (WR), juniors Brandon Laws (RB), “We we’ve been working on a lot of run reads

. . . .
at Newark on Aug. 12. David Lomax (RB), Taj Taylor (WR), Zach and not over pursuing the ball. We just want Seven teams that made the playoffs last
“I think (the new offense) works in our favor Walker (OL), Simon Wallace (OL), Ryan to give our offense the ball to put points on year are on North’s schedule.
and gives us more control of the game,” Krieger Sroufe (G), Mark Xander (C) and Kordell the board.” “We realize that there are no easy games
said. “It’s a better offense for us because we Smith (WR) and sophomores Andrew Ziegler Leading the defense will be Lewis, seniors on our schedule,” Williams said. “But the kids
can control the clock and the ball.” (TE/LB) and Zach Yontz (OL/DL). Joe Salvino (LB), McCluney (FS), Shane know what the competition is. We’ve faced
“Krieger has leadership and a good grasp “Last year, we threw the ball about 50 per- Borowy (DL), Workman (DB), Call (DB), this competition every year I’ve been here. I
of the offense,” Williams said. “He played cent of the time,” Williams said. “We’re going Justin Brewton (LB), Nate Guagenti (LB), believe good competition makes you better.
some varsity last year and has taken a lot of to mix in a more of a power offense this year. Brandon Oshodin (LB/DE) and Marcus Raney We’ll find out right away kind of players we
strides this year. Chris and Matt are battling We’ll still throw the ball, just not as much.” (LB), junior Chizo Emeaghara (DB) and have.
every day. It’s never a bad situation to have The Warriors will use a 50 base defense, sophomore Drew Hall (LB). “We have to understand what kind of team
three options at quarterback that you feel com- featuring five down linemen, two lineback- “The 50 base allows us to use a lot of vari- we are and we have to play our type of foot-
fortable with.” ers and four defensive backs. Williams likes ations out of it. We can use different fronts ball. We have to control the football offen-
The rest of the offense will consists of some the formation because it allows him to put his and have different looks,” Williams said. “We’ll sively and shut down the run defensively.
combination of seniors Eric Sulsarz (OL/DL), best defensive athletes on the field at the same bring some pressure so we need guys who That’s what we need to do to become a suc-
Matt Clegg (OL), Tony Nardone (OL), Jake time. can get into the backfield.” cessful team this season.”

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