Oak Harbor looks to ‘Rocket’ to the next level this season

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Oak Harbor Rockets
Oak Harbor flew under the radar last season until putting together an impressive playoff run to the state tournament that included a regional semifinal win over then-defending state champion Coldwater. The Rockets graduated 20 players from last year’s squad but head coach Gary Quisno is excited about what he has coming back in 2007.


OL/DL Wade Ishmael (6-0, 245, Sr.), TE/LB Spencer Skinner (5-10, 215, Sr.), OL/DL Jeff Chambers (6-0, 265, Sr.), OL/DL Bobby Brown (5-9, 220, Sr.), RB/DB David Ulery (6-0, 200, Sr.), RB/LB Tom Baker (5-9, 185, Sr.), RB/DB Matt Dunn (5-11, 190, Sr.), RB/LB Dustin Hernandez (6-0, 230, Sr.), WR/DB Kirk Tank (5-11, 170, Sr.), QB Josh Stone (5-11, 180, Sr.)

2006 Record: 13-1

Oak Harbor flew under the radar last season until putting together an impressive playoff run to the state tournament that included a regional semifinal win over then-defending state champion Coldwater.

The Rockets graduate 20 players from last year’s squad but head coach Gary Quisno is excited about what he has coming back in 2007.

“We had a real fine senior class but we’ve got a good nucleus of people coming back this year. I think our main concern is that we graduated those seniors and I only have about eight sophomores, so depth is going to be a concern,” said Quisno.

Ishmael was an All-Ohio first team selection last year and will anchor the defensive line. Skinner was an All-Sandusky Bay Conference selection and All-Northwest District. Chambers is a two-way starter on the line and Brown rounds out the roster in the trenches.

“Our strength should be our defensive front and we should have a pretty good group of running backs again,” Quisno said.

With a wealth of players more than capable of toting the ball for the Rockets, Oak Harbor will look towards Ulery, Baker, Dunn and Hernandez to get yards on the ground while first-year starting quarterback Stone adjusts to the new role.

“It is going to be important that we stay healthy early on through our first three games and then as we get into the league because by that time we should have some of these younger guys figured out and in the right spots,” said Quisno.

With younger players stepping into starting roles, Quisno is pleased with the extra practice and experience those players got last year playing 14 games.

“I think it is an advantage – the fact that not only did we play 14 games but we got to practice that much longer. I think that’s important. I see those guys that weren’t on the field on Friday night but were practicing during the week and they are all the much better for it,” he said.

Oak Harbor
2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 Genoa Area 4
8/31/2007 Toledo Woodward 2
9/7/2007 @ Pemberville Eastwood 4
9/15/2007 @ Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic 6
9/21/2007 Sandusky Perkins 3
9/28/2007 Castalia Margaretta 5
10/5/2007 @ Port Clinton 4
10/12/2007 Milan Edison 4
10/19/2007 @ Huron 4
10/26/2007 Clyde 3


* Sandusky Bay Conference games in bold

 

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