Oakwood looking for third straight playoff berth, tough schedule awaits

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Oakwood Lumberjacks

A tough road schedule (Cincinnati Wyoming, Valley View, Bellbrook and Brookville)
and the loss of offensive standout Chris Hardy to Dartmouth has 13-year
Oakwood head coach Paul Stone looking to his defense for leadership.
That’s not such a bad plight, considering Stone feel’s the defense
could be the best he has ever had at Oakwood.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

WR/DB Robby Sherk (6-2, 185, Sr.), RB/LB Tony Lamb (6-1, 195, Sr.), TE/LB Justin Macaulay (6-2, 210, Sr.), WR/DB Will Garner (6-4, 175, Sr.), OL/LB Joey Lefforge (6-2, 235, Sr.), RB/DB John Whalen (5-11, 180, Sr.) and RB/LB Damian Rudy (6-3, 205, Sr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 7-4, Regional Quarterfinalist

A tough road schedule (Cincinnati Wyoming, Valley View, Bellbrook and Brookville) and the loss of offensive standout Chris Hardy to Dartmouth has 13-year head coach Paul Stone (71-45) looking to his defense for leadership. That’s not such a bad plight, considering Stone feel’s the defense could be the best he has ever had at Oakwood. If the Lumberjacks are to reach Week 11 for the third time in as many years, they might have to find a breakaway threat to replace the ultra-talented Hardy.

The Lumberjacks have reached the playoffs in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 under Stone. The only other trip to the postseason for the school was in 1985. It’s safe to say that Stone has built a “rock solid” program. This fall, he’ll rely on a talented senior class and a solid coaching staff in an attempt to help Oakwood reach the playoffs for a sixth time in eight years.

The coach also feels that despite the loss of Hardy, that may help the team because they’ll be more balanced.

“We have a balanced group of seniors that are very unselfish,” Stone said. “We will have to find a way to score without having a true homerun threat. We have our first meeting ever with Wyoming and our road schedule is brutal. Valley View, Brookville, Bellbrook and Franklin will all be better than 2007. However, our league has been very successful in terms of playoff appearances over the last few years. We have great coaches across the board.”

Speed will be a strength of the Lumberjacks, especially on the defensive side.

Said Stone: “What I’m happy about is that our defense could be the best we have had in my 12 years at Oakwood High School.”

SCHEDULE

8/22 Versailles
8/29 @ Cincinnati Wyoming
9/5 Carlisle
9/12 @ Germantown Valley View
9/19 Eaton
9/26 @ Brookville
10/3 Waynesville
10/10 West Milton Milton-Union
10/17 @ Bellbrook
10/24 @ Franklin

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