Sidney Lehman Catholic out to wrap some unfinished business

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Sidney Lehman Catholic Cavaliers

The Cavaliers goal is simple – make the playoffs. “That’s our only one,” head coach Dick Roll said. “We don’t have a league and that’s the only thing we have to shoot for. That’s how we approach it.” Lehman made the state semifinals in 2001 and should approach that plateau again. The Cavs fell one game shy last season.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB/LB Max Cartwright (6-0, 160, Sr.); RB/DB Zac Schmitz (5-10, 165, Sr.); OL Treg Sherman (6-2, 175, Sr.); OL Nick Pulfer (6-0, 190, Sr.); OLB Corbin Peltier (6-0, 165, Sr.); OLB Robbie Baker (5-11, 170, Sr.); DE Colton Hemm (6-0, 160, Sr.); DB David Spearman (6-1, 195, Jr.); LB/FB Caleb Goings (5-10, 185, So.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 9-4, Regional finalist

The Cavaliers goal is simple – make the playoffs.

“That’s our only one,” head coach Dick Roll said. “We don’t have a league and that’s the only thing we have to shoot for. That’s how we approach it.”

Lehman made the state semifinals in 2001 and should approach that plateau again.

The Cavs fell one game shy last season with a 48-14 loss to Springfield Catholic Central in the regional final. That rout hasn’t been forgotten and has since turned to fuel.

“We pretty much got manhandled,” Roll said. “We all have questions after that. But we’re very happy with last season and we want to build off it.”

The foundation is in place for another extended run. The Cavs return nine starters on defense and eight on offense.

Seniors Max Cartwright (6-0, 160), Robbie Baker (5-11, 170) and Corbin Peltier (6-0, 165) spearhead the defense for the second straight year, while junior defensive back David Spearman (6-1, 195) returns after earning second team All-Ohio honors.

On offense senior lineman Nick Pulfer (6-0, 190) was second team All-Ohio. He’ll help open holes along with senior Treg Sherman (6-2, 175) for Cartwright, Zac Schmitz (5-10, 165, Sr.) and Caleb Goings (5-10, 185, So.).

The big key is replacing graduated standout Dan Jacob (a task facing Goings) and handling a treacherous schedule, albeit one that contains seven home games.

The Cavaliers open with Anna, Milton-Union and Indian Lake. Games with West Carrollton (D-II school), Columbus Grove and Fort Loramie also line the docket.

“When you have a lot of two-year starters coming back for another season you know they’re either going to excel or get complacent,” said Roll, who starts his third season at Lehman after 21 at Plymouth. “That’s the key.”

Lehman will have a smaller roster than last year but still plans to suit up 40-45 players. Depth will be a positive.

“These kids are good high school athletes,” Roll said. “They can run, hit and they’re lean. We can do a little of everything.”

SCHEDULE

8/22 ANNA (V)
8/29 @ WEST MILTON MILTON-UNION (IV)
9/5 @ LEWISTOWN INDIAN LAKE (III)
9/12 DAYTON JEFFERSON TWP (VI)
9/19 WEST CARROLLTON (II)
9/27 COLUMBUS GROVE (VI)
10/3 @ TROY CHRISTIAN (VI)
10/10 FORT LORAMIE (VI)
10/18 CINCINNATI CLARK MONTESSORI (V)
10/24 ALLEN EAST (VI)

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