Experienced defense, ground game big keys for St. Marys Memorial


St. Marys Memorial Roughriders
The Roughriders’ ground game should be excellent. Senior RB Koby Frye has rushed for over 3,100 yards the last two years and is closing in on the school record of 3,900 yards. The team’s defense should also be a position of strength as nine starters return. Ten-year head coach Doug Frye said his team’s success is going to come down to the evolution of the passing game and the team’s health.

RB/DB Koby Frye (5-9, 185, Sr.), C Jarred Seaver (6-1, 305, Sr., transfer from Minster), OT Jordan Crouch (6-4, 260, Sr.), LB Sam Rammel (6-0, 180, Sr.), QB Eric Dunlap (6-1, 70, Sr.), OT Mike Breland (6-4, 290, Jr.), DT (Marcus Neal (6-2, 275, Jr.)

2006 Record: Western Buckeye League runner-up; lost to Sunbury Big Walnut, 34-20, in regional semifinals

Seaver, a transfer from Minster who is also drawing D-I interest, will pave the way for Frye from his center position. As aforementioned, Frye will be the key to the offense. He’s not only fast (4.57 40-yard dash), but he’s also extremely strong as he can bench 320 pounds six times.

Frye feels his team will be very successful rushing the pigskin, but said his defensive unit should be an even bigger strength.

“I think our running game will be strong as we have the ability to rush the football a little bit,” head coach Doug Frye noted. “I think our defense will be a big key. We return nine starters and got better as the year went on. We started five sophomores and that group is back. I think we can build on what our defense accomplished last year. We didn’t play our best game against Big Walnut in the playoffs, but I feel good about our defense as we’ve got a solid group coming back.

“The WBL will be tough again. We’re going to be an improved team, but our schedule is much improved. We’ve added Piqua (the defending state champ in D-II) so it makes our schedule that much tougher. It’s just going to come down to the evolution of our passing game and health. Those are two keys to being an even better football team this year.”

St. Marys Memorial
 2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Piqua II
8/31/2007 Lima bath IV
9/7/2007 @ Celina II
9/14/2007 Defiance III
9/21/2007 @ Wapakoneta II
9/28/2007 @ Ottawa-Glandorf IV
10/5/2007 Van Wert III
10/12/2007 Lima Shawnee III
10/19/2007 @ Kenton III
10/26/2007 Elida III

* Western Buckeye League games in bold


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