PLAYERS TO WATCH
DL Mike Hilty (6-4, 235, Sr.), RB/DB Allen Eggleston (5-9, 185, Sr.), WR/DB Cameron Whitner (5-7, 160, Sr.), LB Victor Kacvkowski (6-3, 215, Sr.), FB/K Todd Henderly (5-9, 190, Sr.), WR/DB John Merlina (5-9, 170, Sr.), RB/SS Cale Garverick (6-0, 190, Sr.).
2007 Record: 8-3, Regional quarterfinalist
Olentangy Liberty has made the playoffs four consecutive years and the school has only been in existence for five. This year’s team will be led by the trio of Hilty (all-conference and all-district in 2007), Eggleston (1,100 total yards; all-conference, all-district) and Kacvkowski (all-conference). Hilty is ranked as the No. 81 senior prospect in the state by Ohio High and Eggleston is ranked in the top 150.
The Patriots must replace first-team All-Ohio quarterback Ryan Cypret and head coach Steve Hale says there will be “a couple kids competing for that spot.”
If Olentangy Liberty finds a reliable quarterback, Hale is confident the Patriots will have a big year.
“We have solid senior leaders coming back,” he said. “We return most of our offensive line and having Allen back at tailback is a nice thing. We also return most of our defensive line and we should be OK on defense.
“This year we’re going into a new division of the (Ohio Capital Conference) and we’ll be facing some new and bigger teams. But we’re going to try and play at the same level that we’ve played at the last few years and that will be challenge. We’re going to play the other Olentangy school this year (Lewis Center Olentangy) and that will be a big one. We haven’t played previously.”
Region 6 of Division II boasts several strong teams and Hale is just hoping to return to the playoffs.
“State champs keep popping up from our region like Piqua and Toledo Central Catholic, and Avon Lake is always very good too,” he said. “Our region has strong competition. We’re usually the odd ball in the region because we’re the southernmost team in the region. It creates a certain dynamic and it’s fun for us because teams up there don’t know us well and we don’t know them as well. We get to watch a difference area of the state and then hopefully compete against some of those teams in the postseason.”
8/22 DUBLIN COFFMAN
8/29 @ THOMAS WORTHINGTON
9/5 @ HAYES (DELAWARE)
9/19 @ DUBLIN JEROME
9/26 OLENTANGY (LEWIS CENTER)
10/3 WESTERVILLE NORTH
10/10 @ DUBLIN SCIOTO
10/17 WESTERVILLE CENTRAL
10/24 @ WESTERVILLE SOUTH