Sidney hopes this is the year it earns postseason berth

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Sidney Yellow Jackets

Sidney has not qualified for the playoffs since 1989 and the Yellow Jackets hope this is the year they can break through.

“We hope to stay injury free, run the ball effectively and cut down on
mistakes in order to compete with the top teams in the Greater Western
Ohio Conference,” head coach Dan Cairns said.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB/LB Josh Topp (5-10, 175, Sr.), RB/DB Jack Foy (5-10, 175, Jr.), WR/TE/DE/OLB Lamar Taborn (6-6, 215, Sr.), TE/DE Arie Thompson (6-4, 210, Sr.), OL/DL Ryan Freisthler (6-1, 230, Sr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 5-5

Sidney has not qualified for the playoffs since 1989 and the Yellow Jackets hope this is the year they can break through.

“We hope to stay injury free, run the ball effectively and cut down on mistakes in order to compete with the top teams in the Greater Western Ohio Conference,” head coach Dan Cairns said.

Leading the group of returnees is Topp who was named All-Southwest District in 2007 and can run the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry, 13 yards per punt return and 25 yards per kick return.

“Josh is one of our go-to guys on offense and defense,” Cairns said. “He is a very talented running back who is also one of our starting corners on defense. He is also our return man for kicks and punts and he only comes off the field at halftime.”

The other home run threat offensively for the Yellow Jackets is Foy who averaged eight yards per carry last year and runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds.

“He is a big playmaker for us and was the only sophomore starter on our team last year,” Cairns said. “He is a tremendous athlete who is dangerous in the open field.”

Arguably the biggest college prospect on the team is Taborn who runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds and plays all over the field in high school.

“He is a legitimate Division I recruit and is being recruited by several Big Ten schools and numerous others,” Cairns said. “He is a great athlete with good hands who is not afraid of physical contact. He was our leading receiver last year.”

Looking at the schedule, a few games always stand out from the rest from Sidney’s perspective.

“Piqua, Trotwood and Troy are all big games for our program,” Cairns said. “Piqua and Trotwood because of their playoff experiences over the last few years and Troy because of their rich football history and tradition.”

A positive note for Sidney is that it will play six home games and only four road tilts this year.

SCHEDULE

8/22 Dayton Meadowdale
8/29 Bellefontaine
9/5 @ Beavercreek
9/12 Miamisburg
9/19 @ Springboro
9/26 Fairborn
10/3 @ Trotwood-Madison
10/10 Piqua
10/17 Vandalia Butler
10/24 @ Troy

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