Large senior class hopes to guide Dublin Scioto back to the postseason


Dublin Scioto Irish

Scioto missed the playoffs last year (12th in this region) but the Irish hope their luck will change this year behind a huge senior class of 35 players.

The following is a look at the 2009 Irish.

Dublin Scioto (5-5)

* Players To Watch –

DL Grant Pleasant
(6-3, 230, Sr.), QB Charlie Suich (5-11, 185, Sr.), OG
Chris Latimer (6-2, 250, Sr.), OT Tyler Tanner (6-4, 295, Sr.), RB/LB Alex
Gordon (5-10, 165, Sr.), RB Clay Strawser (5-11, 175, Sr.),

WR Stacey Blunt
(6-1, 175, Sr.), TE Jamare Mills (6-5, 240, Jr.)

* Outlook – Scioto missed the playoffs last year (12th in this region) but the Irish hope their luck will change this year.

Pleasant is ranked as the No. 85 senior in the state by
Ohio High and has scholarship offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo.

“He is a big, fast, physical player that doesn’t quit,”
head coach Karl Johnson said.

Suich enters his second season as the starting quarterback
and he has the confidence of his coaching staff.

“Charlie has a strong arm and good feet,” Johnson said. “He
should be a threat in the air and on the ground.”

Scioto returns an excellent offensive line led by Latimer
(three-year starter) and Tanner (two-year starter).

The Irish also have a pair of good running backs in Gordon
and Strawser.

“Alex is a tough, old-school football player,” Johnson
said. “Clay is a solid playmaker that could have a breakout year.”

Blunt is the top receiver on the team and he is ranked as
one of the top 150 seniors in the state according to Ohio High.

“Stacey has the potential to have a big year and to be a
big playmaker for us,” Johnson said.

Last year was a disappointment for Dublin Scioto and the
team is determined to not have a repeat performance. The Irish will be one of
the most veteran teams in the state and that usually goes a long way in

“We will have a senior class of about 35 that have stuck
together through thick and thin,” Johnson said. “They are excited about their
season which gets everyone else excited. Over the last three seasons, we have
learned that there is a fine line between being a good team and being a great
team. Our competition does not allow for you to take a breath, relax, or feel
comfortable. We need to stay focused on each opponent and learn to finish every
play and every game.”

Like most everyone else, Johnson thinks Region 7 is
well-stocked with quality teams.

“Our region again is a very tough region,” he said. “Logan
is loaded and Louisville is always good. In Central Ohio, adding the Olentangys
will make those league games (Ohio Capital Conference) even more important.
Brookhaven is back in at D-II and Marion-Franklin should be a very good team
again. The winner of our region has the potential to win it all, but the other
regions are very good as well.”

Johnson is entering his 10th season at Scioto and has a
career record of 66-35.


Aug. 28, Grove City, 7:30 p.m. *

Sept. 4,
at Grove City Central Crossing
, 7
p.m. *

Sept. 11, at Worthington Kilbourne, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18, Lewis Center Olentangy, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25, at Westerville South, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2, Westerville North, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9, Westerville Central, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16, at Powell Olentangy Liberty, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23, Dublin Jerome, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30, at Marysville, 7:30 p.m.

* Note: Grove City, Grove City Central Crossing need
to have a ballot issue pass in August in order to support football teams and
athletics for the coming school year. If that issue fails, many teams in this
region will be scrambling at the last minute to fill scheduling vacancies.


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