Lexington looking to continue climb as one of North Central Ohio’s best

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Lexington Minutemen

Lexington went from 2-8 in 2006 to a playoff team last year – one of
the top turnarounds in the entire state. This season, they want to keep
improving and take the next step.

“Our goals for the 2008 season are to win the Ohio Cardinal Conference
and make the playoffs,” third-year head coach B.J. Payne said.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB/DB Courtney Avery (5-10, 170, Jr.), WR Tyler Dickson (6-0, 185, Sr.), RB/DB Antonio Pickens (5-9, 175, Sr.), SS Tucker Nuetzel (5-11, 170, Sr.), FB/MLB Kyle McCombs (5-10, 220, Sr.), WR/S Michael Gallik (5-10, 170, Sr.), OL/DT David Willis (6-2, 255, Jr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 8-3, Regional quarterfinalist

Lexington went from 2-8 in 2006 to a playoff team last year – one of the top turnarounds in the entire state. This season, they want to keep improving and take the next step.

“Our goals for the 2008 season are to win the Ohio Cardinal Conference and make the playoffs,” third-year head coach B.J. Payne said. “Last year was the second time in school history that we made the playoffs. Obviously having never made it back-to-back years in school history is something we want to change. We expect big things this year. Hopefully we have a chance to continue to make some noise in our conference and our region.”

Avery has been the starting quarterback since the first game of his freshman year and has been offered by Army and Bowling Green already. Last year, he had 14 touchdown passes, two interceptions and was named first-team all-conference.

Nuetzel led the team with 125 tackles and was named first-team all-district.

McCombs had 110 tackles, five sacks and was named all-conference.

Other all-conference selections included Dickson, Pickens, Gallik and Willis (28 pancakes, graded out 91 percent).

Payne discussed the difficulty of the Minutemen’s schedule, as well as the Division II, Region 6 playoff contenders.

“The Ohio Cardinal Conference is tough week in, week out,” he said. “Every team does
something different, so it really prepares you come playoff time. Our non-league
includes Mt. Vernon, Willard and Shelby. Shelby has turned into a very nice rivalry
and their kids play the game the way it should be played.

“Our playoff region is stacked as usual with many fine teams within our region. The great thing about our region is how close and similar teams are. You do not see blowouts in the playoffs in our region. Every playoff week it seems the game could go either way.”

SCHEDULE

8/22 MOUNT VERNON
8/29 SHELBY
9/5 @ WILLARD
9/12 @ MANSFIELD SENIOR
9/19 ORRVILLE
9/26 @ CLEAR FORK (BELLVILLE)
10/3 @ WOOSTER
10/10 MADISON COMPREHENSIVE (MANSFIELD)
10/17 WEST HOLMES (MILLERSBURG)
10/24 @ ASHLAND

 

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