Is this the season Chaminade Julienne ends its playoff drought?

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Chaminade-Julienne Eagles

Dayton CJ made the playoffs every season from 1999-2005, including
a D-II state title in 2002 but the Eagles have yet to make the postseason since.

CJ hopes to end that drought this season but will have to do so without three-year quarterback Kurt Hess under center.


Dayton Chaminade Julienne (6-4)

* Players To Watch – RB
Ahmad Mack (5-9, 162, Sr.), WR Laron Brown (6-4, 178, Sr.), QB/DB Michael
Simpson (6-0, 175, Soph.), QB/DB John Buerschen (5-10, 185, Jr.)

Outlook –Despite boasting
one of the top passers in the formidable Greater Catholic League the last three
seasons in Kurt Hess, the Dayton Chaminade Julienne Eagles had their wings
clipped missing the postseason each year.

Now, with Hess graduated, the Eagles will have a new face
under center and it will most likely come down to Simpson or Buerschen,
according to head coach Andy Helms.

We’ve got a mix of guys that we think we can
step up and lead the team right now,” he said in a television interview with
WHIO. “There is a lot of football we are working on right now and a lot of guys
with opportunities to perform and make plays.

“We’re still evaluating but that is what we
have three scrimmages for.”

Mack rushed for 572 yards and five touchdowns in nine games
for the Eagles and was a second team all-GCL selection. Brown ranked in the top
20 in receiving in the GCL with 270 yards and three touchdowns in just six
games.

We have a very fast team this year,” Helms
said. “We’re trying to utilize that speed, spread the field and use different
weapons. In any spread offense you are going to try and spread the field and
use your weapons.

“We feel like we do have a lot of speed this
year and that is something we can capitalize on and score some more points this
year.”

CJ made the playoffs every season from 1999-2005, including
a D-II state title in 2002 but the Eagles have yet to make the postseason since.

Schedule 

Aug.
27, Troy, 7:30
p.m.

Sept.
4, Dayton Thurgood Marshall, 7:30 p.m.

Sept.
11, Dayton Patterson Career
Center
, 7:30 p.m.

Sept.
18, at Cincinnati
McNicholas, 7:30 p.m.

Sept.
25, Hamilton
Badin, 7:30 p.m.

Oct.
2, Franklin Bishop Fenwick, 7:30 p.m.

Oct.
9, at Dayton
Carroll, 7:30 p.m.

Oct.
16, at Purcell Marian, 7:30 p.m.

Oct.
23, St. Bernard Roger Bacon, 7:30 p.m.

Oct.
30, Kettering
Alter, 7:30 p.m.

 

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