After being one year ahead of schedule, John Glenn now ready to shine


New Concord John Glenn Muskies
The 2006 Muskies were a year ahead of schedule. The team was expecting somewhat of an off year, but made a return to the playoffs. The biggest key will be replacing first team All-Ohio K/P/QB/DB Aaron Bates, who is now at Michigan State. However, the Muskies have another top D-I prospect in senior OL Joe Pachuta, who has already received offers from Maryland and Akron.

OL Joe Pachuta (6-7, 290, Sr.), FB/LB Justin Gidcumb (6-0, 220, Sr.), RB/DB/K Garrett Bennington (5-8, 175, Sr.), RB/LB Ben Geyer (5-10, 185, Sr.), OL/DL Clayton Luburgh (6-1, 260, Sr.), OL/DL Chevy Shoemake (6-1, 230, Sr.), OL/DL Bill Patterson (6-2, 270, Sr.), OL/DL Justin Merry (6-3, 275, Jr.)

2006 Record: 7-4, 7-1 Muskingum Valley League; lost to state champion Steubenville, 26-10, in regional quarterfinals

The Muskies were one of the region’s surprises last season. Not only did the Muskies rank atop the MVL (their only loss was at New Lexington), they earned a trip to the postseason and gave eventual state champion Steubenville every thing it wanted on its home turf at Harding Stadium. This year, John Glenn will enter the year with high expectations and hopes to live up to them.

“I think we were a team considered in the hunt for the playoffs, but ending up being better than people thought,” 13th-year head coach John Kelley stated. “We just had a group of seniors that had great character. If we can capture that spirit again, we have a chance and hope to be in the hunt for the postseason.”

Replacing the ultra-talented Bates will be the team’s toughest challenge.

“We’ve got holes to fill. Losing a multi-talented player like Aaron at quarterback, defensive back, kicker and punter will be tough. We’ve still got a lot of talent and we feel we’ll still be able to accomplish some things this year.

“We are very excited about this year’s team. The strength of our team is the guys we have up front on offense and defense. With Joe and the other guys we have

“We have nice size and strength. We’ve also got a solid group of seniors who are not just good players, but they are solid leaders. We’re looking for good things this season.”

New Concord John Glenn
 2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Barnesville V
8/31/2007 Dresden Tri-Valley II
9/7/2007 @ Crooksville V
9/14/2007 Zanesville Maysville IV
9/21/2007 @ Zanesville West Muskingum IV
9/28/2007 Thornville Sheridan III
10/5/2007 @ Duncan Falls Philo III
10/11/2007 New Lexington IV
10/19/2007 @ Martins Ferry IV
10/26/2007 McConnelsville Morgan III

* Muskingum Valley League games in bold


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