Winton Woods’ Everhart wants ‘to get in the playoffs and let it roll’


Winton Woods Warriors

Winton Woods entered the 2008 playoffs
as the No. 1 seed in Region 8 and advanced to the regional finals where it fell
to eventual state runner-up Cincinnati Anderson in a tight 24-21 contest.

With Anderson in D-I now, Winton Woods is aiming to build on that success behind a talent nucleus returning.


Cincinnati Winton Woods (11-2)

* Players To Watch –

QB Dominique Brown
(6-2, 226, Sr.),

RB Jeremiah Goins
(5-10, 235, Sr.),

DB Avery Cunningham
(6-1, 185, Sr.), NG Cameron Brown (6-2, 278, Sr.),
CB Corey Webber (6-0, 171, Jr.), ILB David Hampton (6-1, 175, Sr.), RB Thomas
Owens (5-10 ½, 205, Jr.), DB Chuck Wynn (5-11, 185, Jr.)

* Outlook – The Warriors entered the 2008 playoffs
as the No. 1 seed in Region 8 and advanced to the regional finals where they fell
to eventual state runner-up Cincinnati Anderson in a tight 24-21 contest.

Brown runs the show at quarterback and he is a verbal
commitment to Cincinnati. Brown is ranked as the No. 43 senior in the state by
Ohio High and he was a second-team All-Ohio selection last year when he rushed
for over 1,000 yards.

“He’s an explosive runner,” head coach Troy Everhart said.
“Dominique was the unanimous player of the year in our league (Fort Ancient
Valley Conference). No one put anyone else against him. When the coaches in the
conference that you play against notice that (Brown is a special player), that’s
the first time I’ve ever seen that where no one else is even nominated.

“He might play safety in college and I think he could play
on Sundays (in the NFL) as a safety.”

Goins has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last
two seasons (over 1,300 yards last year) and is closing in on Winton Woods’
career rushing record. He was a second-team All-Ohio pick last season.

“He has unbelievable quickness inside of the box,” Everhart
said. “People underestimate his movement. He’s better than (Mister) Simpson
(from Cincinnati Colerain) that was Division I AP Player of the Year a few years

“Jeremiah needs that next speed. He’s got the fifth gear;
he needs the overdrive. He can get you that hard yard and he will block for
Dominique. But (Goins) has great lateral moves. He’ll start off right, move left
and he’s just an impressive kid. He doesn’t have any offers yet; it’s a matter
if people want a true fullback. But people are interested.

Cunningham captains the defense from his safety spot and he
is ranked as one of the top 150 seniors in the state by Ohio High.

“Avery is probably the best safety in Cincinnati,” Everhart
said. “Just having looked at all the lists and where kids are ranked, people
didn’t have enough film on him. He had great camp season this summer. He was
banged up as junior and people were a little cautious of him. Every camp he goes
to, people are singing his praises. Off his sophomore year, he was getting great
rankings. He was a starter from day one as sophomore.

“We’ve got three secondary guys that could play D-I in
college (including Webber and Wynn). We’ve also got three out of four
linebackers that could be D-I players. We’ve got to find some down linemen
defensively to help Cameron.”

Everhart calls Cameron Brown “a sleeper” and says he has
the potential to be “one of the better defensive linemen in the state.”

Webber started as sophomore last year and had four

As for Hampton, he will be a defensive back in college, but
Everhart says he’s a very good high school linebacker even though he’s a bit
light to be playing the position.

“Dave’s an explosive kid and we probably should be playing
him in the secondary, but he just so active around ball and we like to keep him
in the box,” Everhart said. “The first thing they do at these college football
camps is run the 40 and he was running in the high 4.4s and low 4.5s. And those
are legitimate times.”

Following several years of success and with plenty of
standout players returning, the Warriors are very confident entering the 2009

“I think our kids now understand we should be in playoffs
and should have a chance to host a first-round game,” Everhart said. “Instead of
hoping, it’s expected.

 “Expectation two is to play for championships – first the
league, then the region then the state. When we were D-I a few years ago, we
sold the kids on winning the league and we didn’t talk too much about the
playoffs. Now being D-II, we have a fighting chance to get in the playoffs and
hopefully do some damage.

“That first-round game is a dogfight. It doesn’t matter if
it’s 8 versus 1, 7 versus 2. Our regional final against Anderson was a
bloodbath, but that first round game is always a tough one too (Winton Woods
defeated Dayton Dunbar – which has moved down to D-III – in the first round last
year). I just want to get in the playoffs and let it roll. I would expect that
our guys after getting in the playoffs the last two years and experiencing the
joy of winning, I would expect they are hungrier this year and I would expect us
to move down the road.”


Aug. 28, at Cincinnati Moeller, 5:30 p.m.*

Sept. 4,
Cincinnati Withrow
, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 11, at Fairfield, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18, at Columbus Watterson, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25, Kings Mills Kings, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2, at Cincinnati Anderson, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9, at Harrison, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16, Milford, 7:30 p.m.

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

Oct. 30, Glen Este, 7:30 p.m.

* Notes: Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at
Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium


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