Whiting banking on offense, but defense could be the key for Northwest


Canal Fulton Northwest Indians
The Indians’ offense should be worth watching this fall. Nine starters return, including senior wideouts Teddy Robb and Tony Stover, who both participated in the Ted Ginn Tour. Senior quarterback Jimmy Shiplett is also a big offensive weapon. He was 128-of-245 for 1,786 yards and 13 TDs in 2006. If the Indians are to reach the playoffs for a seventh straight season, Coach Vic Whiting’s defense could be the key.

WR/CB Teddy Robb (6-1, 205, Sr.), WR/S Tony Stover (6-3, 205, Sr.), QB Jimmy Shiplett (6-3, 200, Sr.), WR Paul Hensley (6-4, 190, Sr.), OT Tony Barkey (6-5, 315, Sr.), OT Corey Fuller (6-3, 300, Sr.), RB/LB Brice Griffin (5-8, 205, Sr.), LB Mark Gauer (6-1, 205, Sr.), K Chris Koy (6-1, 175, Sr.), C Nate Klatt (6-5, 280, Jr.), TE Tim Cailett (6-6, 235, Jr.)

2006 Record: 6-5, 6-1 Northeastern Buckeye Conference; lost to Cambridge, 27-14, in regional quarterfinals)

The Indians’ success will revolve around their offense. Robb runs a 4.4 40-yard dash while Stover wields a 4.6 time. Robb has 88 receptions for 1,337 and 11 TDs in his career.

“Offensively, we’ve got a good mixture,” said the nine-year head coach. “We have a good balance and will not have to rely on the running or passing game. We’ll be able to take what the defense gives us.

“With a group that was so young last year, it really helped us grow up. We return nine starters on offense and have four returning on defense. We’ll also be able to rotate a lot of other kids too. I think we should be solid on offense, defense and in the kicking game,” he added.

With so many good teams in Region 11, Whiting would go as far as to say his team is one of the top favorites, despite the fact that it has reached the playoffs the past six seasons.

“There are a lot of very good teams in our region,” he commented. “I think so many teams are as good as they were last year or even better.

“I think the kids in this program expect major things every year. This group has never not been in the playoffs. There is a tradition here and they expect it. Often, the talent and experience you face dictates your success. Going into the season, we’re just going to take care of ourselves.”


Canal Fulton Northwest
2007 Schedule


Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Orrville IV
8/31/2007 Akron Firestone II
9/7/2007 Chardon II
9/14/2007 @ Louisville II
9/21/2007 Canton South III
9/28/2007 Minerva III
10/5/2007 @ Carrollton III
10/12/2007 Beloit West Branch III
10/19/2007 @ Alliance Marlington III
10/26/2007 @ Alliance IV

* Northeastern Buckeye Conference game in bold


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