Although the Cavaliers return only five starters from a team that
reached the second round of the Division III playoffs, Chillicothe
expects to re-load and compete for not only a Southeastern Ohio
Athletic League Championship, but another run in the playoffs.
* Players To Watch – K/P Drew Basil (6-2, 200, Sr; 23 touchbacks, 35/37 on PAT, 8/12 on FG (long of 50), 37 punts for 40.2 average), QB/LB Shay Netter (6-2, 230, Sr; 79 solo tackles, 72 assists, 9 for loss, 2 sacks), FB/DE Danny Demick (6-0, 240, SR; 12 rushes, 59 yards, TD; 15 solo tackles, 23 assists, 5 for loss, 1 sack), WR/DB Marty Dunn (5-10, 160, Sr; 5 catches, 54 yards), OL/DL J.T. Gray (5-10, 300, Sr), OL/DL Skyler Mallow (6-0, 240), WR/DB Isaac Beverly (6-1, 160, Jr; 67 total tackles, 3 INT), RB/DB Casey Oates (6-1, 170, Jr)
* Outlook – Although the Cavaliers return only five starters from a team that reached the second round of the Division III playoffs, Chillicothe expects to re-load and compete for not only a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League Championship, but another run in the playoffs.
Replacing 4-year starter and Air Force Academy bound quarterback Caleb Knights will be priority number one. Shay Netter, a two-year starter on defense, is expected to be the favorite heading into camp. Netter has a large frame and racked up over 150 total tackles in 2008 from his linebacker spot.
The offense won’t need to be explosive. If the Cavs can cross the 35 yard line, they will get into range of Ohio State bound Kicker and Punter Drew Basil. Basil, a 3-year starter, was 8-of-12 on field goals last year with a long of 50 yards and average over 40 yards per punt.
Other key offensive players are running back/receiver Casey Oates and receivers Marty Dunn, Isaac Beverly, Troy Netter (5-10, 160, Sr), and Deon Collins (6-2, 265, Sr). The Cavs have shown diversity on offense the last few years going from a pass heavy team in 2006 to a power running team in 2008, both of those teams reached the playoffs.
Up front, Chillicothe must replace a large and experienced group that was lost to graduation. J.T Gray is the lone returning starter, and will be called on to be the anchor and to provide veteran leadership. Candidates to join Gray up front are Skylar Mallow, Tyler Holtz (5-9, 215, Sr), David Gearhart (5-10, 255, Jr), Dylan Fisher (6-1, 310), Ryan Ferguson (5-10, 210, SR), Chris Wemer (6-0, 215, Jr), and Chase Thomas (6-0, 230, Soph).
Chillicothe will hang its hat on it stout defense that was one of the stingiest in Southeast Ohio in 2008. Led by Netter, the Cavalier defense will need to replace the losses of DT Curt Smith and West Liberty-bound Jordan Benson.
Up front, Demick, Mallow, and Gray will play end, tackle, and noseguard on the Cavs five man front respectively.
Joining Netter at linebacker will be Jai Cutter (6-0, 190, Sr). In the secondary, Beverly and Oates are returning starters with Oates moving from corner to safety. Dunn and and Collins are leading candidates to fill out the secondary.
8/28 HAMILTON TWP
9/04 BIG WALNUT
9/11 @ WILMINGTON
9/25 PORTSMOUTH *
10/02 @ IRONTON *
10/09 @ GALLIA ACADEMY *
10/16 JACKSON *
10/23 @ WARREN *
10/30 @ LOGAN *