Dayton Carroll returns talented skilled players, offensive line

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Dayton Carroll was the No. 6 seed in Division II, Region 8 last year and knocked off Cincinnati Withrow on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

Led by running back David McComas, Carroll is looking to take the next step in the postseason this year.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB David McComas (6-0, 190, Sr.), QB Mike Escobar (6-2, 190, Sr.), OL Cory Sorice (6-4, 310, Sr.), DB Taurean Young (5-10, 185, Sr.), DB Pat Sedalar (6-0, 180, Sr.), OL Clint Hancock (6-0, 225, Sr.), DB Rylie Beck (6-2, 185, Sr.), RB Joe Ararta (5-8, 180, Sr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 10-2, Regional semifinalist

Dayton Carroll was the No. 6 seed in Division II, Region 8 last year and knocked off Cincinnati Withrow on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

McComas rushed for 1,653 yards and was named first-team all-district and second-team All-Ohio. He could surpass those impressive numbers this year as a talented offensive line returns to lead the way for the explosive back.

Sorice anchors the offensive front and he was also named first-team all-district and second-team All-Ohio last year.

Escobar is a solid quarterback and he completed over 50 percent of his passes last season.

The top players the Patriots must replace are first-team All-Ohio linebacker Scott Shear and second-team All-Ohio DB Nate Scheidt.

“We have a chance to be good if we work hard and get a little better each week,” head coach Steve Bartlett said.

Bartlett has been a winning coach throughout his career. He’s racked up 93 wins in 13 years at Carroll, and had 58 wins at Southeastern in eight seasons.

This year, he sees a tough slate ahead for his team. However, it will be a surprise if the Patriots are not postseason bound once again.

“We open at Center Grove which is one of the top teams in Indiana and then we play our backyard rival Beavercreek,” Bartlett said. “Our third game is DeSales, so this is a pretty tough pre-league series. Then we jump into the GCL (Greater Catholic League) Central and North. So, we play some good teams.”

SCHEDULE

8/22 at Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove

8/29 at Beavercreek

9/5 Toledo St. Francis DeSales

9/12 Franklin Bishop Fenwick

9/19 at Cincinnati Purcell Marian

9/26 Kettering Alter

10/4 at Hamilton Badin

10/10 at Dayton Chaminade-Julienne

10/17 at St. Bernard Roger Bacon

10/24 Cincinnati McNicholas

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