Centerville ‘confident’ with season on the horizon

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Centerville Elks

The Elks have been one of the most
consistent programs in Ohio under Ron Ullery, who returns for his 10th year as
the Centerville coach. Centerville dropped its playoff opener to Cincinnati
Elder 52-27 last year. Ullery welcomes back five starters on offense and seven
on defense.


Centerville (7-4)

* Players to Watch – OL Michael Bennett (6-2, 270,
Jr.), OL Benny McGowan (6-3, 280, So.), OL Chris Duffy (6-1, 240, Sr.), WR Kyle
Torpey (6-0, 180, Sr.), HB/FB Nick Miller (5-9, 230, Jr.), QB Zak Bertram (5-11,
190, Sr.), DL Kyle Rose (6-4, 235, Jr.), LB Jamael Green (5-11, 215, Sr.), LB
Mike Replogle (6-2, 210, Jr.), DB John Overstreet (5-10, 170, Jr.), S John Ehrensberger (6-0, 185, Sr.)

* Outlook – The Elks have been one of the most
consistent programs in Ohio under Ron Ullery, who returns for his 10th year as
the Centerville coach. Centerville dropped its playoff opener to Cincinnati
Elder 52-27 last year. Ullery welcomes back five starters on offense and seven
on defense.

“We had a great senior class last year, but we still had a
lot of young guys who got experience and ended up starting as the year went on,”
Ullery said. “I think we’ve got a lot of expectations, but we’ll still be
relatively young. We may have as many as nine juniors starting on defense.

“We feel real confident. We have some young and hungry guys
who are eager to be coached.”

Bertram will be a first-year starter at quarterback in the
Elks’ option attack. He played some at running back last year. Miller and Rose
were each placers in the state wrestling meet.

Centerville will play Liberty Twp. Lakota East, Mason and
Cincinnati Moeller before diving into Great Western Ohio Conference play.

“Our division will be really strong once again,” Ullery
said. “I think (Huber Heights) Wayne would be the favorite with their
quarterback, Braxton Miller, back. He might be the best high school player I
have seen. He is an outstanding talent. (Clayton) Northmont will be good again.
Springfield should be strong defensively. If they come up with a quarterback,
they should be pretty good. Beavercreek has an explosive offense as well.

“We could have three or four playoff teams again. Our
division is that strong.”

Schedule

Aug. 28, Liberty Twp. Lakota East

Sept. 4, at Mason

Sept. 11, Cincinnati Moeller

Sept. 18, at Troy

Sept. 25, at Miamisburg

Oct. 2, Springfield

Oct. 9, Beavercreek

Oct. 16, at Clayton Northmont

Oct. 23, at Huber Heights Wayne

Oct. 30, Kettering Fairmont

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