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Raiders motivated for success in OCC
By JEREMY STEWART Underwood. (non-league Pickerington Central)
ThisWeek Staff writer At a glance Helping the first-year starter will
be six returning letterwinners at
is now (in Division I). We have a lot
of teams we’re playing that are
Reynoldsburg High School seniors REYNOLDSBURG RAIDERS Oct. 12 .......Grove City..................Home receiver. They are seniors Jarred always strong. It’s motivating a lot,
Matt Cook, Bryan Kimbler, and Jay Colors: Purple and gold Oct. 19 .......Dublin Coffman..........Home Burke, Bryan Kimbler, Dante to go out there and beat them and
Coach: Woody Underwood, fourth season Oct. 26 .......Upper Arlington ...........Away
R. Taylor, along with a few other Key players: Matt Cook, Ray Cunningham, Stollings and Troy Webster and make a name for yourself and your
2006 RESULTS
players, stood outside the locker Josh Hutchinson, Bryan Kimbler, Kenny (2-8 overall, 0-5 OCC-Buckeye) juniors Trey Brundage and Milas team.”
room in T-shirts and padded pants Lee, Matt Perkins, Zach Stonerock and Jay Pickerington Central ....................L, 34-0 Stevens. Also blocking for Taylor are
after leaving the football practice R. Taylor Lima Senior ...............................W, 34-0 How often those receivers see the seniors Cook, Tyler Matchack, Bran-
On the Web: reynoldsburg.schoolnet.com Dublin Jerome..........................W, 45-14
field Aug. 13 when the topic of con- ball is dependent on the Raiders’ don Reams, Sheldon Travis, Nick
2007 SCHEDULE Gahanna ....................................L, 38-7
versation turned to this year’s home- Aug. 24.......Pickerington Central.....Away Fremont Ross ...........................L, 13-10 running game, which was the most Crecelius and juniors Nick Chitten-
coming game. Aug. 31.......Toledo Scott ..............Home Westerville North ......................L, 20-14 productive unit last season. Taylor den, Matt Edwards, Bryce Polinko
Cook had gone through the OCC- Sept. 7 .......Dublin Jerome .............Away Hilliard Davidson.......................L, 42-13 rushed for 1,251 yards on 199 car- and Chris Underwood.
Buckeye Division schedule out loud Sept. 14 .....Gahanna ...................Home Grove City.................................L, 38-22 ries last season, including 251 yards Cook is listed as a guard, but also
Sept. 21 .....Groveport....................Away Dublin Coffman...........................L, 28-7
and figured out that the homecom- Sept. 28 .....Westerville North .......Home Upper Arlington ....................L, 13-7 (OT) and four touchdowns in a 45-14 win as a defensive end. That’s where he’ll
ing game was against Grove City — Oct. 5 .........Hilliard Davidson .........Away over Dublin Jerome. Backing up play the most this year. Last year he
hardly the cupcake that tradition dic- Taylor is junior Rodney Smith, who lined up next to Ray Cunningham,
tates. But that’s been life in the OCC- Be a champion for life — donate blood! rushed for 101 yards against Jerome. who was a defensive tackle, but this
Buckeye since it realigned before 1-800-GIVE-LIFE S www.BloodSavesLives.org They will be running behind an year Cunningham is moving to the
the start of last season. offensive line that returns two starters other end position. Kenny Lee will
The Raiders’ homecoming oppo- in seniors Josh Hutchinson, a cen- start on the interior line with sopho-
nent last year was Hilliard David- City (1-4). replaced by Rusty Edwards. Lasker ter, and tackle Zach Stonerock, more Roosevelt Nix also expected
son, which went on to finish 15-0 The Raiders will be breaking in shared OCC Player of the Year hon- whom Taylor is happy to have return- to play.
after beating Mentor 36-35 in dou- several new pieces this season, but ors that year, but the Raiders’ quar- ing because they bring valuable expe- Other returning defensive line-
ble overtime in the Division I state most noticeably its starting quarter- terback position has been unstable rience to the running game. man are seniors Shiloh Sagraves,
championship game. back. Four days before Reynolds- since. Last season quarterbacks Rusty “They’re seniors and they’re lead- Travis and juniors Edwards and
“It is kind of motivating,” said burg scrimmaged Delaware on Aug. Edwards and Jeff Williams both went ers,” Taylor said. “They’re helping Steward.
Cook, whose team opens Friday at 11, coach Woody Underwood said down with injuries, which made Ben the young guys out and making us “We’re just looking to be more
Pickerington Central. “You just have junior Matt Perkins was preparing Kershaw a starter. even better. That’s helping me more, aggressive up front and read our keys
to have the thought that everyone’s as if he was the starter. Kershaw is no longer with the getting the holes bigger so I can hit more often,” Cook said. “We’re going
beatable, everyone has their weak- “He’s picked things up pretty team, clearing the way for Perkins. the holes and help the team out. to be a much more disciplined team
ness where they can be beat.” well,” Underwood said. “And he can Underwood talked about having “We have the hardest league in than we were last year. We’re going
The Raiders finished 2-8 last year throw the ball well.” “a pair and a spare” players healthy Ohio. We have the champions, against the first team a lot more (dur-
and were last in the OCC-Buckeye The Raiders will have their fourth at each position, and this year, should Hilliard Davidson, and Dublin Coff- ing practice). They’re a lot bigger,
at 0-5 behind Davidson (5-0), Upper starting quarterback since Lance Perkins go down, his backups are man with multiple Division I play- stronger. They know what they’re
Arlington (4-1), Dublin Coffman (3- Lasker went down with an injury at junior Matt Bangert, sophomore ers on their offense and defense and
2), Westerville North (2-3) and Grove the end of the 2005 season and was Richie Wellman and freshman Austin Grove City is always good. And See RAIDERS, page 24

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