However, the Warriors pulled together and finished the regular season with a 7-2 record which was good enough to earn the No. 6 seed in the Division I, Region 4 playoffs last year (where they fell in the first round at Cincinnati Sycamore 24-19).
This season, head coach Jay Minton welcomes back 12 starters, six on each side of the ball and most people feel that Wayne will be a better team. And not just because the outside distractions are no longer prevalent.
“We have some outstanding players and we could be pretty decent this year,” Minton said. “We have experience on both sides of the ball, we have some some speed and we think we can step it up a little bit.”
Leading the way is defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (6-3, 285, Sr.) who is ranked as the No. 57 prospect in the state by Ohio High magazine. Thus far, Worthy has received four Division I scholarship offers (Nebraska, Cincinnati, Ohio, Marshall). He is big and strong enough to play nose guard, but athletic enough to line up anywhere on the defensive front due to his quickness off the ball.
Other key returning starters for Wayne include: RB/DB Steve Curtis (5-9, 186, Sr.), WR/SS Troy Gilmer (6-1, 205, Sr.), DT David Dick (6-3, 280, Sr.) and LB Dustin Harrison (6-0, 220, Sr.). All of them are college prospects.
The Greater Western Ohio Conference will be tough this year and Wayne’s non-conference slate includes a very tough opener at Cincinnati Colerain. Another playoff birth seems likely for the Warriors, even in the loaded Region 4.
Huber Heights Wayne
|8/24/2007||@ Cincinnati Colerain||I|
|9/21/2007||@ Clayton Northmont||I|
|9/28/2007||@ Springfield North||I|
|10/19/2007||@ Kettering Fairmont||I|