Eleven returning starters has Hilliard Davidson thinking playoffs

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Hilliard Davidson Wildcats
Davidson won the 2006 Division I state championship, but ended up 10th in the region in 2007 and missed the playoffs.

Brian White, returning for his ninth year at Davidson and 11th season as a varsity head coach, has five starters back on offense and six returning on defense.



Hilliard Davidson (7-3)

* Players to Watch – DE/TE Tyler Backstrom (6-4, 215, Sr.), WR/DB Adam Frazier (6-2, 190, Sr.), C Josh Suchecki (6-2, 260, Sr.), ILB Kenny Klatt (6-0, 190, Jr.).

* Outlook – Davidson won the 2006 Division I state championship, but ended up 10th in the region in 2007 and missed the playoffs.

Brian White, returning for his ninth year at Davidson and 11th season as a varsity head coach, has five starters back on offense and six returning on defense.

“I think we could be pretty good and not have a record as good as last year,” White said. “Our schedule this year is much more difficult. We only beat one really good team last year in (Columbus) Brookhaven. But if it’s any consolation, our three losses were all close games against some good teams – Dublin Coffman, Upper Arlington and Hilliard Darby.

“We know we will not be as good on the offensive line. We think we have some kids to step in. Two years ago with our state championship team, we had a great offensive line. Our defense should be pretty good.”

White will count on Backstrom and Frazier to get it done on both sides of the ball.

“Hopefully, those two guys will play well and give us a good starting point,” White said. “Backstrom is a pretty good player. He started both ways last year.”

Suchecki provides an anchor on the offensive line. Klatt just makes plays at inside linebacker.

“He is only about 190 pounds, but he surprised some people last year as a sophomore with the way he could hit,” White said.

The Ohio Capital Conference has realigned, putting Davidson in the same division as talented nearby rivals like Hilliard Darby, Dublin Coffman and Upper Arlington.

“In the past, we played five or six league games,” White said. “Now, we have an eight-team league with a seven-game league schedule. This is probably the third time in six years we have realigned, but they just keep building new schools. Instead of letting any school get too big, they just split.

“There are so many new schools coming online and even more coming. They want to fit them all into the OCC, so they have to realign. We have gone to more of a regional alignment. Darby is now a league game for us. The Westerville schools will play each other. They have made it so the sister schools will play each other as league games.”

2008 Schedule

Aug. 22 at Westerville South

Aug. 29 Columbus Brookhaven

Sept. 5 Grove City

Sept. 12 Galloway Westland

Sept. 19 at Thomas Worthington

Sept. 26 at Grove City Central Crossing

Oct. 3 Worthington Kilbourne

Oct. 10 at Dublin Coffman

Oct. 17 at Upper Arlington

Oct. 24 Hilliard Darby

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