2006 record: 8-2
Centerville was the odd team out in the playoff race last season, finishing ninth in Division I, Region 4. This year, head coach Ron Ullery returns 11 starters (6 offense, 5 defense) and the always-powerful Elks will look to get back in the postseason mix.
“Our goals at Centerville are the same as every year,” Ullery said. “We want to compete for the conference championship, compete in the playoffs, and win playoff games.”
The Elks have done a lot more than just compete for league titles over the years. They’ve won 19 league championships since 1975 – including the 2006 GWOC title.
“We’re proud of the tradition here and it’s our job to keep it going,” Ullery said.
One way to keep it going is to give the ball to running back James Cravens (6-0, 215, Sr.) as much as possible. He has nearly 2,000 career rushing yards and has 4.6 speed. Centerville has always had a strong running attack and Cravens will be the workhorse this season.
And leading the way for Cravens will be a talented offensive line that includes Rob Bicknell (6-1, 265, Sr.), Michael Bohnert (6-1, 260, Sr.) and Jake Feldmeyer (6-2, 255, Jr.). Feldmeyer also plays defensive tackle and will be one of the few two-way starters for the Elks this season.
Returning as the starting quarterback is David Fleming (5-11, 195, Sr.) who will be asked to do even more this season. Last year, CHS had a deep stable of running backs. This year, Cravens and Fleming will carry the bulk of the load.
Centerville lost talented linebacker Tyler Replogle to graduation (who is now playing at Indiana University) and leading the way on defense this season will be returning starting linebacker Tyler Williams (5-10, 200, Sr.).
The Elks’ only loss to an in-state opponent last season was against Clayton Northmont, 42-30. They also fell to Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep in the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs. USA Challenge (Herbstreit – the former Ohio State starting quarterback and current ESPN personality is a Centerville alumnus).
This year, the Elks will look to settle the score with Northmont in week three on the road. And they face another nationally-respected out-of-state opponent this year when Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes makes the trip to Ohio for the Herbstreit Challenge. Centerville’s archrival is Huber Heights Wayne and it’s always a big game in the Dayton area. The Elks and Warriors will do battle week eight at Wayne. Centerville won 21-13 last year, but Wayne made the playoffs.
Centerville 2007 Schedule
|8/24/2007||Liberty Township Lakota East||I|
|8/31/2007||@ Cincinnati Princeton||I|
|9/7/2007||@ Clayton Northmont||I|
|9/15/2007||Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes||–|
|10/12/2007||Huber Heights Wayne||I|
|10/19/2007||@ Springfield South||II|