Steady improvement highlights Dayton Oakwood


Oakwood Lumberjacks

Victories last year over Valley View and Bellbrook led Oakwood to its fourth playoff trip in six years and the Lumberjacks are looking to continue their ascent behind returning four-year starter Chris Hardy this season.

Managing Editor Eric Frantz has more.

Oakwood did something last season it had not done in quite a while – the Lumberjacks beat both Bellbrook and Valley View. Those two wins helped catapult Oakwood into the Division IV playoffs for the fourth time in six years.

This year the Lumberjacks hope the momentum carries over and propels them to their first SWBL title since 1985.

“Our kids truly care about one thing – the scoreboard,” head coach Paul Stone said. “We check all egos at the gate in Oakwood.”

Stone, who has amassed a 64-41 record in 10 years, has plenty of talent at his disposal.

“We have a good mix of speed and size on both sides of the ball,” Stone said. “Our defense will be our strength.”

One player who will provide punch on both sides of the ball is senior Chris Hardy (RB/WR/OLB/DB/KR). A four-year starter, Hardy has 2,364 career yards and 178 career points. He visited Bucknell, Cornell, Dartmouth and the US Naval Academy over the summer. Hardy was also the SWBL Southwest Division player of the year in basketball last season and is a college prospect in baseball.

“Chris will get a lot of touches,” Stone said, “but we have other kids that can hurt you

as well.”

In addition to Hardy, key returners are seniors Brian Beck (6-2, 245OT; 3 year starter), Matt Money (6-2, 255, OG/NT; 2 year starter), Ben Scott (6-0, 175, WR/FS; 2 year starter), AJ Lewis (6-2, 185, QB; 3 year starter) and J.T. Allen (5-9, 185, LB; 2 year starter).

Also expect juniors Robby Sherk (6-1, 185, RB/WR/SS; 2 year starter; top tackler in 2006), Tony Lamb (6-1, 185, LB; 2 year starter) and Joey Lefforge (6-1, 200, C/LB; 2 year starter) to make significant impacts.

“We expect our league to be tough again,” Stone said. “The SWBL is up for grabs.”

Dayton Oakwood
2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Versailles 5
8/31/2007 Riverside Stebbins 2
9/7/2007 @ Carlisle 4
9/14/2007 Germantown Valley View 3
9/21/2007 @ Eaton 3
9/28/2007 Brookville 4
10/5/2007 @ Waynesville 5
10/12/2007 @ West Milton Milton-Union 4
10/19/2007 Bellbrook 2
10/26/2007 Franklin 4

* Southwest Buckeye League games in bold

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