Upper Arlington has ‘a lot of enthusiasm around the program’ this season

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Upper Arlington Golden Bears

The Golden Bears (10-2) downed Marysville 28-16
in their playoff opener last year before falling to Pickerington Central 24-16
in a regional semifinal. Coach Mike Golden returns five starters on offense and
three on defense.

Here is a look at the 2009 Upper Arlington Golden Bears.


* Players to Watch –

C J.J. Blevins
(6-2, 282, Sr.), OLB/SS Mark McClain (6-1, 195, Sr.), DB
Phil Jascot (6-1, 191, Sr.), OT Pete Scrivens (6-4, 272, Sr.), LB Daniel
Bodomungo (6-1, 246, Sr.), QB Kyle Cassady (6-2, 176, Sr.).

* Outlook – The Golden Bears downed Marysville 28-16
in their playoff opener last year before falling to Pickerington Central 24-16
in a regional semifinal. Coach Mike Golden returns five starters on offense and
three on defense. 

“There is a lot of enthusiasm around the program,” Golden
said. “The expectations are always high at Upper Arlington. Our freshmen were
undefeated and the JV team was 8-1 last year. There are a lot of good kids in
the program. I think we’re just excited for the year. 

“I think we’re going to be very good up front. We have a
number of kids back who played on the line last year. We are excited about that
and we will build around our offensive and defensive lines.” 

Cassady is the grandson of Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, who
won the Heisman Trophy for Ohio State in 1955. 

“Kyle was going to be our starter last year, but he broke
his arm in the first scrimmage and was out for the whole year,” Golden said. “He
is an exciting player. He is a really good athlete. He plays on our lacrosse
team.” 

It doesn’t get any tougher than UA’s opening game
assignment. The Golden Bears open in the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Series at Ohio
Stadium, but they must play defending USA Today national champion Fort
Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas.  

“There is a lot of excitement about that game and the
chance to play in Ohio Stadium,” Golden said. “It is definitely a challenge to
play against a team that won the national championship last year.” 

As always, the Ohio Capital Conference Central Division
race will be tough. 

“I think Hilliard Davidson, Dublin Coffman and us should be
pretty good,” Golden said. “Darby is good, but they are facing a split with the
new Hilliard school. Worthington Kilbourne has some senior leaders. They could
contend as well. Thomas Worthington continues to build as well.” 

Schedule 

Aug. 29, vs. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
(Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Series at Ohio Stadium), noon 

Sept. 4, Columbus Beechcroft 

Sept. 11, Findlay 

Sept. 18, at Thomas Worthington 

Sept. 25, Worthington Kilbourne 

Oct. 2, Hilliard Darby 

Oct. 9, at Grove City Central Crossing* 

Oct. 16, Galloway Westland* 

Oct. 23, at Hilliard Davidson 

Oct. 30, Dublin Coffman 

*-Southwestern City Schools must pass a levy in August for
Central Crossing and Westland to have football in 2009. Otherwise, UA will play
alternative opponents.

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