OL/DL C.J. Williams (6-3, 230, Sr.), OL/DL Larry Zornes (6-3, 275, Sr.), OL/DL Joe Collins (6-3, 240, Sr.), OL/DL Kyle Hostetler (6-1, 215, Jr.), QB Austin Schlosser (6-1, 190, Sr.), RB/LB Luke Bates 5-9, 190, Sr.), WR/DB Mitch Hanrahan (5-11, 190), WR/LB David Smith (6-3, 210, Sr.), RB/DL Nick Schrader 6-2, 270, Jr.), RB/LB Jason Parker (6-0, 190, Jr.), WR/DB Alek Knowles (6-3, 190, Sr.), WR/DB Wes Bundenthal 6-2, 190, Jr.), RB/LB Logan McGuire (6-2, 200, Jr.), LB/QB Tyler Gray (6-4, 190, Jr.)
2006 Record: 13-2
Jonathan Alder enjoyed its most successful season in program history last year finishing state runners-up in its first trip to the state tournament.
After allowing just over nine points per game and boasting five shutouts last season, Alder will have to address the defensive situation in 2007.
“Our big deal is that our starting defense was all seniors last year. We are going to have to replace all of those but we’ve prepared several people for that role this year but time will tell how that goes,” explained head coach Steve Coate.
“There are a lot of players in line but they just have to prove they’re ready to play. We’re pretty excited about the players but at the same time it is quite a challenge to repeat or improve upon playing in the state championship. So, we’ve got a significant challenge ahead of us.”
Offensively, Schlosser is back under center for his third season and four of five starting offensive linemen are back with two-year starters Williams and Zornes blocking upfront as well as Collins and Hostetler. Bates, who had 73 yards rushing and two TDs in the 26-12 state championship game loss to Cardinal Mooney is back to lead the ground game as well.
Coate feels last year’s success coupled with 15 weeks of practice and game experience will be an advantage this season for those returning players and the younger players coming up through the program.
“Once you’ve been through it, you have a road map of what it takes to get there and that is a big factor,” he said. “You know what it takes to get through the playoffs and the region and I think that was the big advantage Mooney had. They have a ton of experience in the championship game. Experience is a major, major factor for us and we need to build on that.”
The road won’t be easy for Alder with Monroe Lemon-Monroe, Washington Court House Miami Trace, Columbus Bishop Ready, Clarksville Clinton-Massie and Dayton Colonel White all on the schedule
“We scheduled as if we were going to be Division III but we are still in Division IV so that is even more of a challenge now,” Coate said. “It’ll be a week-to-week deal for us and we’ll have to address it that way. The schedule was good for us last year and it prepared us for the good teams that we faced in the playoffs and that is still the plan this year.
“Every year, the goal has been to become better and better and we have done it six years in a row and our goal will be to improve upon what we did last year. Last year we went in and proved we were the best team in Region 16 and we hope we can do that again and set our sites on a state championship. So, that is a huge goal and that is about all we have left now.
Coate added, “Plain City is a place where they love their football and everybody will be out early in the season expecting us to do well. There will be a lot of energy in town and our players will have to get us off to a great start against Lemon-Monroe.”
Plain City Jonathan Alder
|8/31/2007||@ Lewistown Indian Lake||3|
|9/7/2007||St. Paris Graham||3|
|9/14/2007||@ Washington Court House
|9/28/2007||@ Columbus Bishop Ready||5|
|10/5/2007||Dayton Colonel White||2|
|10/12/2007||Columbus St. Charles||2|
|10/19/2007||@ Greenfield McClain||3|
|10/26/2007||@ Clarksville Clinton-Massie||4|