Williamsport Westfall hoping ‘everything falls into place’ in 2008

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Williamsport Westfall Mustangs

After serving as the offensive coordinator for five years, Scott Keller took over as head coach of the Mustangs last season. He guided Westfall to a perfect 10-0 regular season and the state semis where it lost to Coldwater (56-14). Although a lot of players will have to be replaced, Westfall’s expectations are high, as they are every season.


Williamsport Westfall (13-1, won Scioto Valley Conference; lost to eventual state champion Coldwater, 56-14, in state semifinals)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB DJ Cain (5-10, 170, Sr.), OL Aaron Bailey (6-3, 225, Sr.), OL Mitchell Riffle (6-0, 245, Sr.), WR/CB Bryant Gibson (5-10, 160, Sr.), WR/CB Ben Cline (5-10, 160, Sr.), WR/LB Tyler Cobb (6-3, 205, Sr.) and K Cameron Puckett (5-11, 150, Sr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

After serving as the offensive coordinator for five years, Scott Keller took over as head coach of the Mustangs last season. He guided Westfall to a perfect 10-0 regular season and the state semis where it lost to Coldwater (56-14). The Mustangs have a winning percentage of .867 in the regular season over the past six years. Although a lot of players will have to be replaced, Westfall’s expectations are high, as they are every season.

Keller will have to replace eight starters on defense and tons of varsity experience. However, the Mustangs do return a lot of skilled players. The offense and special teams will be relied upon heavily in the early going until the defense is able to get some game experience under its belt.

“I think with what we have back, it’s hard to tell what will happen this season. We could go anywhere from 6-4 to 10-0 if everything falls into place,” Keller noted. “We have kids that are accustomed to winning and they understand the responsibility they have. We lost a lot of talent, but some kids got a lot of time because of our large margin of victories.

“One of our strengths is the skilled players we have back,” Keller continued. “It might be the deepest, most talented group we’ve ever had. We are going to have to replace eight starters on defense and players who had a lot of experience. We’re going to have to win a lot of games by 40-30 type scores early on. Our offense will have to carry us until the kids on defense gain experience.

“I think our special teams play will also be good. Puckett was a first team all-District kicker. He’s got range out to about 40 yards. Cline as a kick returner is also good. He returned about seven or eight kickoff/punts for touchdowns last year. With the athleticism we have, we really feel good about our special teams. We feel good about two of three things (offense and special teams) going into the season so that’s not too bad,” Keller added.

As for the schedule, Keller said his team hopes to contend for another SVC title and win the Rumpke Trophy.

“Our three non-league games (Teays Valley, Circleville and Logan Elm) are for the Rumpke Trophy. We want to win that again, as well as the SVC. With our program (it has finished 52-8 in the regular season over the past six years, including a current 25-game winning streak), we hope to always qualify for the playoffs. Last year was a good year and we want to build off of that.

“One of our biggest keys will be replacing a few of our coaches. We lost our defensive coordinator and getting the coaching staff to mesh will the kids will be one of our biggest adjustments,” he added.

SCHEDULE

8/22 vs. Ashville Teays Valley

8/29 at Circleville Logan Elm

9/5 at Circleville

9/12 vs. Bainbridge Paint Valley

9/19 at Chillicothe Southeastern

9/26 vs. Chillicothe Zane Trace

10/3 at Frankfort Adena

10/10 vs. Chillicothe Huntington

10/17 at Piketon

10/24 vs. Chillicothe Unioto

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