Winton Woods enters 2008 loaded with talent

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Winton Woods Warriors

Cincinnati Winton Woods barely qualified for the playoffs last year with the No. 8 seed in Division II, Region 8. This year, the Warriors return a host of talented players and are expected to be in the postseason hunt once again.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

WR/DB Chris Williams (5-11, 175, Sr.), WR/OLB/DB Maalik Bomar (6-2, 195, Sr.), TE/DE Anthony Talbert (6-5, 220, Sr.), OL Alvin Walker (6-4, 320, Sr.), QB Dominique Brown (6-2, 185, Jr.), RB Jeremiah Goins (5-10, 200, Jr.), CB Avery Cunningham (6-0, 165, Jr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 7-4, Regional quarterfinalist

Cincinnati Winton Woods barely qualified for the playoffs last year with the No. 8 seed in Division II, Region 8. This year, the Warriors return a host of talented players and are expected to be in the postseason hunt once again.

“Our goals stay the same each and every year,” head coach Troy Everhart said. “We want to win our league, get in the playoffs and then advance as far as we can if we get there.”

The head coach of one of the top teams in all of Division II last season – Cincinnati Turpin – expects Winton Woods to be one of the toughest teams in Region 8 this year.

“If Winton returned everyone they were suppose to, they’ll be nothing short of amazing,” Turpin’s Rob Stoll said.

Leading the group of returnees is Williams, who is ranked as the No. 38 senior prospect in the state by Ohio High magazine and is a productive two-way starter.

The other big name on the team is Bomar who is ranked as the No. 67 senior prospect in the state by Ohio High and received early scholarship offers from Toledo and Miami (Ohio).

According to Everhart, Bomar’s top three assets are his “relentless pursuit, his willingness to throw his body at the ball, and his leadership.”

But the talent doesn’t end there. Talbert is ranked as the No. 86 senior prospect in the state by Ohio High, Walker is ranked in the top 150, Brown is ranked as one of the top 10 junior quarterbacks in the state and Goins is ranked as one of the top 10 junior running backs.

The Warriors must replace second-team All-Ohio LB Chaz King who graduated.

SCHEDULE

8/22 at Cincinnati LaSalle

8/29 at St. Bernard Roger Bacon

9/5 Fairfield

9/12 Columbus Bishop Watterson

9/19 at Kings Mills Kings

9/26 Cincinnati Anderson

10/3 Harrison

10/10 Milford

10/17 Loveland

10/24 Cincinnati Glen Este

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