Circleville in the hunt for third playoff berth in four years

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Circleville Tigers Football

Circleville has made the playoffs two out of the last three years and won its first postseason contest last season with a 25-19 win over Washington Court House.

This year, the Tigers will be young in areas but boast some experience.



PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB Chris Starner (5-9, 190, Sr.), OL/LB Eric Wadlington (6-3, 215, Sr.), DB Jeremiah Weekley (5-10, 175, Jr.), LB Eddie Strawser (6-3, 215, Jr.), K/P Kort Wolfe (5-7, 175, Jr.), QB Casey Hawkins (5-10, 175, Soph.), RB Clay Davis (5-9, 165, Soph.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

Circleville has made the playoffs two out of the last three years and won its first postseason contest in school history last season with a 25-19 win over Washington Court House.

This year, the Tigers will be young in areas but boast some experience.

“We lettered eight freshman last year on special teams that played on Friday nights. So, we’re really excited about that and I think they are ready to go,” head coach Keith Downing said.

“It came down to they just had to play for us. We had a small senior class last year so these young guys got to play. I think it made a big difference for us. And with the two extra weeks of practice we got to rotate a lot of kids in and get them some playing time.”

Starner and Wadlington were All-Mid-State league selections last season and also earned All-Pickaway County honors. Weekley and Strawser were also all-county selection and Wolfe was All-Southeast District and Honorable Mention all-state.

Wadlington is hearing from colleges in the Midwest Athletic Conference and will take on a leadership role this year.

“Wadlington can be a big leader for us. He is kind of a quiet guy but he is going to be a vocal player for us this year,” Downing said. “I think a big negative for us is leadership overall with a lot of underclass kids. We just haven’t had a senior that can step up so I think the whole senior class has to as a group.”

Starner will take over the running back duties this year.

“I think he will be one of our bigger running backs that we have that can take the load,” said Downing. “Last year all he had to do was play defense. But I think he will be able to step up his game offense-wise.”

Hawkins, a three-sport athlete, will be under center in only his sophomore year.

“He is very athletic young man,” said Downing.

Circleville will have the same schedule it has had for the last ten years opening up against Washington Court House Miami Trace and Washington Court House and Pickaway County rivals Williamsport Westfall and Logan Elm.

“Our first four games for us are very big for us and our football team,” said Downing.

SCHEDULE

8-22 at Washington Court House Miami Trace

8-29 at Washington Court House

9-5 Williamsport Westfall

9-12 at Circleville Logan Elm

9-19 Canal Winchester

9-26 at Amanda-Clearcreek

10-3 Hamilton Township

10-10 Teays Valley

10-17 at Fairfield Union

10-24 Bloom-Carroll

 

 

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