Talent, experience make Toledo Central Catholic a contender again this year

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Toledo Central Catholic Fighting Irish

Toledo Central Catholic won the 2005 Division II state title and earned the No. 2 seed in Region 6 last year (they fell to eventual state champion Piqua in the first round).  This year, head coach Greg Dempsey returns 10 starters, including five on each side of the ball, but must replace Ohio State recruit Dane Sanzenbacher who was TCC’s star player the last two years.  


2006 Record: 9-2

Toledo Central Catholic won the 2005 Division II state title and earned the No. 2 seed in Region 6 last year (they fell to eventual state champion Piqua in the first round).  

This year, head coach Greg Dempsey returns 10 starters, including five on each side of the ball, but must replace Ohio State recruit Dane Sanzenbacher who was TCC’s star player the last two years.  

However, returning to lead the offense is quarterback Tyler Kleeberger (5-11, 175, Sr.) who threw for 1,547 yards and nine touchdowns last year. Kleeberger was a first-year starter a year ago and Dempsey is “expecting even bigger things” from his signal-caller this season. 

Another key player for the Fighting Irish is offensive lineman Josh Dixon (6-2, 240, Sr.) who was named first-team All-Ohio last season.  

But the wealth of talent doesn’t stop there as two-way lineman Eric Herman (6-4, 270, Sr.) returns after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. Herman has scholarship offers from Ohio University and Eastern Michigan. 

Brad Rogers (5-9, 215, Jr.) will start at running back and linebacker and his coach seems excited about what he brings to the table. 

“Brad has 4.65 speed and he had 73 tackles and six sacks for us last year,” Dempsey said.  

Another standout player on defense is linebacker Greg Hammond (5-11, 210, Sr.) who was second on the team in tackles last season. 

Toledo Central Catholic plays a challenging schedule that includes four Division I opponents. The Fighting Irish suffered their only loss in the regular season last year to rival Toledo St. John’s Jesuit (13-6). This year, the teams will face off in week four at St. John’s.

Toledo Central Catholic
2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/25/2007 @ Canton
8/31/2007 Hilliard Darby I
9/7/2007 @ Whitehouse Anthony Wayne II
9/14/2007 @ Toledo St. John's Jesuit I
9/21/2007 @ Oregon Clay II
9/28/2007 Toledo Start I
10/5/2007 Toledo Rogers II
10/12/2007 Toledo St. Francis DeSales II
10/19/2007 @ Toledo Whitmer I
10/26/2007 @ Toledo Waite II


* Toledo City League games in bold

 

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