Replacing offensive line key for Clyde to return to the playoffs


Clyde Fliers
The Fliers are “fully expecting to be back in the playoffs” and “make some noise” this season, as third-year head coach Mark Gibson said. He feels those things can happen if everything falls into place. The team definitely has the pieces to reach the playoffs and compete for a regional crown.

LB/RB Jacob Andrews (6-1, 200, Sr.), K/P Jerry Phillips (6-1, 210, Sr.), WR/DB Nate Caudill (6-1, 175, Sr.), TE/DE Aric Thurn (6-2, 180, Sr.), QB Alex Gillett (6-1, 175, Jr.), OT/DE Jarad Branski (6-2, 205, Jr.)

2006 Record: 7-3, 5-2 Sandusky Bay Conference

Andrews, a senior linebacker/running back is being recruited by several MAC schools and recorded 120 tackles at his defensive position.

Senior kicker/punter Jerry Phillips is also being looked at by MAC schools and gives Clyde a solid special team’s advantage. The pair was two of three players to earn unanimous all-SBC honors.

Junior Alex Gillett (6-1, 175) also returns as the team’s QB. He threw for over 1,300 yards as a sophomore and accounted for 21 TDs, including a school-record five in one game. He is currently drawing D-I interest.

Thurn gives Gillett a solid target down field. He led the team with a mind-boggling 27 yards per catch. Gibson said the Fliers’ tight end is “very athletic.”

Although Clyde missed the postseason party last year after finishing with a

12-2 record and reaching the state semifinals in 2005, Gibson suggested his squad’s expectations are no different this season.

“We have high expectations this year, but I want us to have high expectations every year,” Gibson related. “Some schools just hope for the best, but we don’t look at things that way. We want to be one of the teams in the SBC and the area to be concerned with, and I feel we are moving in that right direction. But yes, with what we have coming back, we do have high expectations this year.”

Although there is a buzz when it comes to Clyde’s football team, Gibson faces the task of finding five new road graders on the ‘O’ line.

“Our biggest concern is replacing our entire offensive line as all five were seniors,” he noted. “We do have confidence in the players coming up. We have lots of skilled players back on offense and a lot of our defensive unit is back. Also, having an all-state kicker will be a plus.”

Clyde 2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Pemberville Eastwood IV
8/31/2007 Maumee II
9/7/2007 Bellevue III
9/14/2007 @ Milan Edison IV
9/21/2007 Port Clinton IV
9/28/2007 @ Huron IV
10/5/2007 Castalia Margaretta V
10/12/2007 @ Sandusky St. Marys Catholic VI
10/19/2007 Sandusky Perkins III
10/26/2007 @ Oak Harbor IV

* Sandusky Bay Conference games in bold


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