2006 Record: 12-2
Head coach Rob Stoll took Cincinnati Turpin all the way to the Division II state semifinals in 2006 with a 12-2 record and the Spartans return an impressive group of players this season.
Turpin’s top players include wide receiver Andy Cruse (6-4, 205, Sr.), offensive tackle Aaron Van Kullken (6-7, 285, Sr.) and middle linebacker Luke Kelly (6-4, 220 Sr.). They are each among Ohio’s top 150 college prospects according to Ohio High magazine.
“Our goals are to win our league, get to the playoffs and win as many as we can if we get there,” Stoll said.
Stoll – a former powerlifting champion – is entering his sixth year at the helm. The Region 8 playoff bracket could be the strongest in D-II with the likes of Trenton Edgewood and Trotwood-Madison, but other coaches in Region 8 believe Turpin could be the team to beat once again.
“Turpin is going to be really tough just like last year,” Trenton Edgewood coach Steve Channell said. “They knocked us out of the playoffs (24-17 in the second round).”
Edgewood was actually the No. 1 seed in Region 8 last year, but fifth-seeded Turpin entered the playoffs on a roll on a six game winning streak and the Spartans were certainly able to keep the momentum going. They beat Dayton Carroll 34-0 at Carroll in the first round of the postseason and followed it up with the win over Edgewood. Turpin then topped second-seeded Harrison, 28-14, before falling to eventual state champion Piqua, 22-9.
This year, Turpin will look to avenge its only loss of the 2006 regular season in week one. Cincinnati Glen Este beat the Spartans 42-35 at Turpin last year and the teams will face off in the ’07 opener at Glen Este.
|8/24/2007||@ Cincinnati Glen Este||I|
|9/7/2007||@ Cincinnati Indian Hill||III|
|9/14/2007||@ Cincinnati Northwest||II|
|9/28/2007||@ Cincinnati Walnut Hills||II|
|10/5/2007||@ Kings Mills Kings||II|
|10/12/2007||Morrow Little Miami||II|