Defending state champ Hilliard Davidson has many holes to fill

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Hilliard Davidson Wildcats
In one of the gutsiest calls you will ever see on a football field with the stakes so high, Hilliard Davidson head coach Brian White decided to go for a game-deciding two-point conversion in double-overtime in the state championship game last season. Despite the heavy losses to graduation, the top program in Central Ohio appears headed for another postseason berth.  


In one of the gutsiest calls you will ever see on a football field with the stakes so high, Hilliard Davidson head coach Brian White decided to go for a game-deciding two-point conversion in double-overtime in the state championship game last season. Running back Bo Delande scored and Hilliard Davidson (15-0) claimed a thrilling 36-35 win over Mentor.  

This year, the Wildcats must replace Delande and several other talented graduates. They return just seven starters (4 offense, 3 defense) led by quarterback Connor Dietz (6-0, 180, Sr.). He is a heady player who made all the right decisions during the title run. This year, he will be asked to do even more. 

Despite the heavy losses to graduation, the top program in Central Ohio appears headed for another postseason berth.  

“Our goals are the same as every year,” White said. “We want our players reach their individual potential and contribute to the overall success of our program. We haven’t talked about a repeat. We want to play good football and improve week-to-week.” 

Looking to pick up the rushing slack this year will be Clay Trubiano (5-7, 175, Sr.) who saw a lot of playing time last year. And there is another Delande to keep an eye on for future seasons. Spencer Delande (5-10, 175, So.) will be playing his first season of varsity ball. 

Joey Ciamacco (5-11, 175, Sr.) is a returning starter at wide receiver and he and Dietz might hook up a lot this season. Another WR to keep an eye on is Adam Frazier (6-2, 175, Jr.). 

The Wildcats must replace their entire starting offensive line, never a good thing for a power running team. But a program likes this simply reloads and the starters up front will likely be: Josh Suchecki (6-0, 245, Jr.), Dan Duncan (5-10, 200, Sr.), Steve Young (5-10, 190, Sr.), Ryan Brown (6-2, 205, Sr.) and Josh Maynard (6-2, 195, Jr.). 

Defensively, the team will be led by returning starting linebacker Drew Dolder (5-11, 180, Sr.). He is the leading returnee in tackles and sacks and there is not a Hilliard Davidson fan who will soon forget his safety in the 2006 state semifinals when he sacked Cincinnati Colerain’s quarterback in the end zone. Dolder might also see time at running back if need be. 

The other returning starters on defense are defensive backs Jake Dougherty (5-7, 165, Sr.) and Matt Rine (5-6, 160, Sr.). 

The defensive line will be young and inexperienced, but it has a lot of talent with the likes of Sky Strahler (6-3, 200, So.) and Richie Myers (5-10, 200, Jr.). 

Kicker/punter Colby Catlett will also be returning for the 2007 season as a senior and he was very solid a year ago. 

Looking at Davidson’s schedule, the first thing that jumps out is that the city of Hilliard has finally decided to allow its two high schools – Davidson and Darby – to meet up on the football field. Since the school district split in 1995, Davidson and Darby have not played because the city didn’t want a heated rivalry to begin which would split the community. However, due to pressure from the community members (and the teams) who wanted to see this game take place, the city acquiesced. And led by quarterback Jeremy Ebert, Darby will be a very tough team to beat this year. 

Yes, they are playing some good football in the city of Hilliard these days. And in a couple years, due the construction of a third high school, Davidson and Darby might have to move down to Division II.

Hilliard Davidson
2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Hilliard Darby I
8/31/2007 @ Columbus Brookhaven I
9/7/2007 Columbus Independence II
9/14/2007 @ Galloway Westland I
9/21/2007 Thomas Worthington I
9/28/2007 @ Upper Arlington I
10/5/2007 Reynoldsburg I
10/12/2007 Dublin Coffman I
10/19/2007 @ Westerville North I
10/26/2007 Grove City I


* Ohio Capital Conference Buckeye Division games in bold

 

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