Kettering Alter in good position to return to Stark


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Kettering Alter enjoyed its most successful season in school history last year finishing a perfect 10-0 in the regular season for the first time, claiming its fifth straight Greater Catholic League North title and finishing state runner-up. This year, the Knights are in good position to make a return trip to Stark County – this time – for a Division IV title.

OL Evan Johnson (6-2, 250, Sr.), OL Bobby Joseph (6-4, 220, Sr.), WR Patrick O’Donnell (5-10, 170, Sr.), WR Joey Graham (5-11, 160, Sr.), RB/HB Corey Roark (5-10, 190, Sr.), QB Austin Boucher (6-0, 180, Jr.), DT Tim Cableck (6-1, 240, Sr.), MLB Ben Girmann (5-10, 180, Sr.), DE Hank Keighley (6-3, 220, Sr.), DE Max Marshall (6-2, 195, Sr.), TE Nate Wolfe (6-2, 210, Sr.); OLB Tony Boyle (5-10, 170, Sr.), OL Evan Neff (6-1, 215, Jr.), C Bo Vari (5-10, 270, Sr.)

2006 Record: 14-1

Kettering Alter enjoyed its most successful season in school history last year finishing a perfect 10-0 in the regular season for the first time, claiming its fifth straight Greater Catholic League North title and reaching the Division III state title game before narrowly falling to Steubenville 34-33 to finish state runner-up.

“We lost a good number of starters from last year’s team but probably the best thing we can say at this point is we are going to have close to or more than 90 players on our varsity team,” he said. “So we are probably going to be able to two-platoon, which is going to be helpful in practice on offense and defense with those kids. What we have returning is probably one of the largest football classes returning at Alter since about 1981.”

Johnson and Joseph will anchor the offensive line in the wishbone offense and both are getting major college interest, according to Domsitz. Roark, who rushed for just under 500 yards and had five touchdowns in the regular season, will be the go-to player on the ground attack with the transfer of Michael Shaw to Trotwood-Madison.

Boucher is stepping in at quarterback for graduate Steve O’Donnell.

“He looks to be just the complete package as far a quarterback goes,” said Domsitz. “As I looked at him last year, his ability to throw the ball and lead the offense in the games he played in was good. I think we are sitting pretty good as far as quarterback.”

Alter’s defense, which had seven shutouts last season including three in playoffs, should be stout again with Keighley, Marshall, Cableck, Girmann, and Boyle all returning.

“I don’t see a whole of drop or decline – at least not yet – in what we were able to do defensively last year and we had a great defense. I think many of these kids are hungry and now they are getting the opportunity,” Domsitz said.

“In terms of actual strength of the players, we’re going to be a strong football team and we are going to be quicker than many people suspect. Chemistry is always a key. The big question is what kind of chemistry this team is going to have and if we are going to be able to put it together. It's the intangible things that make a great team.”

Like state championship game foe Steubenville, Alter drops to Division IV this season as well.

“I think we are now one of the bigger D-IV schools as opposed to one of the smaller D-III schools,” Domsitz said. “It is good competition on both levels. Steubenville dropped down too but they are in the same region as Cardinal Mooney, so that will eliminate two of the top favorites right there – they both can’t come out of that region, obviously.

“Once you get into the playoffs, you’re going to play some good football teams and ultimately you’re going to have to beat the best to be a state champion,” he said.

And with 15 weeks of experience last year and a good amount of players returning that saw action in the postseason run, Domsitz feels the Knights should be able to build upon the success of last year.

“I’ve heard coaches talk about the bowl experience and at the college level you get all that extra work for several weeks and our kids – the young kids in particular – got to practice and additional half season last year. We think that will help them,” he said.

Kettering Alter
2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Kettering Fairmont 1
8/31/2007 @ Bellbrook 2
9/7/2007 @ Greenville 2
9/14/2007 @ St. Bernard Roger Bacon 4
9/21/2007 Hamilton Badin 4
9/28/2007 Dayton Carroll 2
10/5/2007 Purcell Marian 5
10/12/2007 Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas 3
10/19/2007 @ Franklin Bishop Fenwick 4
10/26/2007 @ Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 5

* Greater Catholic League games in bold


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