Bexley will be ‘well-rounded’ this season following program’s first playoff berth


Bexley Lions

Bexley is looking to roar into the playoffs for the second
straight season following its first playoff appearance and playoff win in school
history last year. Do the Lions have what it takes to build on last season’s success?

The following is a look at the 2009 Bexley Lions.

Bexley (7-4) 

* Players to WatchQB/WR/DB Adam Leeds (5-11, 165,
Sr.), OL/LB Tommy Zervas (6-1, 205, Jr.), RB/LB Ronnell Armstrong (5-9, 183,
Sr.), WR/DB Martin Binau (5-10, 144, Sr.), TE/LB Tommy Bolon (5-10, 155, Sr.),
OL/DL Alex Delap (6-2, 186, Sr.), RB/DB Mike Edwards (5-9, 183, Sr.), RB/DB
Christyen Hertlien (5-9, 171, Sr.), RB/DB Ziyad Khaloufi (5-7, 170, Sr.), WR/DB
Drew King (6-1, 150, Sr.), OL/DL Matt Mackay (6-0, 178, Sr.), FB/LB Dylan Myers
(5-9, 180, Sr.), WR/DB Mikey Penn (5-10, 195, Sr.), WR/DB Scott Podlasiak (5-9,
140, Sr.), OL/DL Martin Raabe (5-11, 186, Sr.), OL/DL Matt Stanton (5-10, 205,
Sr.), OL/DL Dan Webb (6-2, 240, Sr.), OL/LB Josh Lake (6-0, 190, Jr.) 

Outlook – There is a first time for everything and
the Bexley Lions will try and make it twice as nice in 2009. 

Bexley is looking to roar into the playoffs for the second
straight season following its first playoff appearance and playoff win in school
history last year. 

Bexley will do so after graduating only 11 seniors. The
Lions return 27 lettermen, including 19 seniors and a half-a-dozen three-year

“We lost some important kids but I think we will be
well-rounded,” head coach John Smith said. 

Edwards is a two-year starter and is coming off a 582-yard,
three touchdown season. Armstrong, primarily a special teams player last season,
will join Edwards in the backfield in 2009. 

Smith is also looking forward to a “good skill group coming
up in our sophomore class.” 

Leeds takes over at quarterback for Seth White, now at Ball

“(Leeds) won’t be as quick to tuck it and run 80 yards for
a touchdown,” Smith explained. “He will be a more willing to stay in the pocket
and make the reads to complete those balls. That is what we dealt with last year
but it was it was a benefit most of the time.” 

White was the D-III co-Defensive Player of the Year last

“We don’t have that premier player that we had last year so
we are going to depend on everybody to fill the role (Seth White) had for us,”
said Smith. 

The defense will center around Lake, Zervas and Myers. 

“They set the tone on what has to happen,” said Smith. “We
need to sure up the secondary a little bit but I think we’ll be better. We have
kids coming back at those positions and I think we’ll be better.” 

Bexley will have to replace some players on the defensive
line as well, according to Smith. 

The Lions move from Region 12 to 10 following the OHSAA
realignment and Bexley was only two students shy of dropping to Division IV. 

“It will be interesting to see. I don’t know if Region 10
gets any easier,” Smith said. “If you get into the playoffs this year, you’re
going to be a darn good football team because there are good teams in the

To get to the postseason again, Bexley must fare well
against a tough Mid-State League schedule that includes Heath, Newark Licking
Valley, Granville, Canal Winchester and Newark Catholic. 

“We would like to consistently be up there competing for the league title every
year and I think we can do that,” Smith said. “If you come out of our league,
you’re going to be alright. The league does a tremendous job of getting us


Aug. 28, at Canal Winchester, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4, Johnstown Northridge, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 11, Columbus Bishop Hartley, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17, at Whitehall-Yearling, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25, at Granville, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2, Hebron Lakewood, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 10, at Newark Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16, Gahanna Columbus Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23, at Heath, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30, Newark Licking Valley, 7:30 p.m.

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