After winning its eighth state title in 2007, Newark Catholic was
denied a playoff berth and chance to defend it last year. The Green
Wave is eager to get back to the dance.
Newark Catholic (6-4)
* Players to Watch – QB Kevin Cox (6-4, 190, Sr.); C/DE Clay Harris (6-3, 245, Sr.); OT/DT Josh Hendershot (6-4, 265, Sr.); WR/DB Matt Dawson (6-1, 185, Sr.); WR/DB Jacob Nelson (5-11, 170, Sr.); RB Dean Moore (6-0, 190, Sr.); LB/TE Phil Taylor (6-2, 185, Sr.); RB/LB Britt Wilder (5-11, 180, Jr.); TE/LB Michael Lewis (6-4, 195, Jr.); OG/DE Ted Oyler (6-2, 200, Jr.); TE/LB Nate Adams (6-4, 220, Sr.)
* Outlook – After winning its eighth state title in 2007, Newark Catholic was denied a playoff berth and chance to defend it last year. The Green Wave is eager to get back to the dance.
“We return a very humble yet motivated senior class,” head coach Bill Franks (64-26 in eight years) said. “They have had great success in the offseason in basketball, wrestling, baseball and track and field. Our younger group has had a tremendous offseason, and are learning how to follow the example that is set for them.”
Hendershot is a good one to follow. A University of Toledo recruit, Hendershot also fielded offers from Indiana, Bowling Green, Toledo and Eastern Michigan. According to Franks, he’s not the only potential D-I player on the NC roster. The head coach also pointed to Harris, Adams and Cox as having the ability to play at the next level.
Overall, size will not be a problem for NC.
Schedule-wise, the Green Wave face a usual daunting opener in Amanda-Clearcreek (away) before opening Mid-State League competition that includes three D-III playoff teams from 2008 (Granville, Bexley and Licking Valley).
“Amanda Clearcreek is always a dog fight,” Franks said. “The MSL Ohio is always a strong league top to bottom. With three D-III playoff teams on the schedule, there are no off weeks. We must be fully prepared every time we step on the field.
8/28 @ AMANDA-CLEARCREEK
9/11 FISHER CATHOLIC (LANCASTER)
9/19 LAKEWOOD (HEBRON)
9/25 @ HEATH
10/2 @ COLUMBUS ACADEMY
10/16 @ LICKING VALLEY (NEWARK)
10/30 @ GRANVILLE