Thornville-Sheridan faces season after being devastated by graduation

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Thornville Sheridan Generals

Sheridan has made the
playoffs six times since 2001 but the road ahead looks this season tough for the Generals. With the graduation of 20 seniors, the entire offense needs
to be replaced as well as the defensive line.

Will the Generals rebuild or reload for the 2009 campaign?


Thornville-Sheridan (11-1)

* Players to Watch
– OL/DL Drew Carpenter (6-1, 220, Sr.), RB/DB Drew Abram (5-8, 175, Sr.), RB/DB
Tyler Cremeans (5-8, 155, Sr.), QB/DB Kyle Carpenter (5-10, 155, Sr.), QB/DB
C.J. Myers (5-10, 165, Jr.), RB/LB Kyle Pfeifer (6-1, 190, Sr.), RB/LB Garth
Hall (5-10, 175, Sr.),  RB/LB Taylor
Golden (5-10, 240, Sr.), OL/DL Drew Carpenter (6-1, 220, Sr.), OL/DL Josh Busby
(6-5, 240, Jr.), WR/DB Cort Forgrave (5-9, 155, Sr.)

* OutlookSheridan has made the
playoffs six times since 2001 but the road ahead looks this season tough for the Generals..

With the graduation of 20 seniors, the entire offense needs
to be replaced as well as the defensive line.

“We have a lot of kids that are going to have to play both
ways this year for us,” head coach Paul Culver said. “Hopefully there is some
competition for some of those spots but when you lose that many kids it is hard
to find that many to take their place.”

Kyle Carpenter and Myers will be competing for the starting
quarterback position. Carpenter was the backup last season but the youngster
Myers has the bigger, better arm, according to Culver.

Busby and Golden will have to step up in the trenches on
both sides of the ball.

Drew Carpenter (6-1, 220, Sr.) was an All-Ohio first team
defense selection.

“We’ve just got to convince our kids that we aren’t going to
have as much depth as we’ve had in the past and there are going to be more kids
going both ways,” Culver said. “We always preach that each year it is the
seniors’ football team. You’ve got to step up, take the reins and lead the
team. Some senior classes are better at that than other ones.

“They’ve got a long way to go to represent the football
program in the way that we want to them to and to expect to work and to prepare
and to be leaders.”

Culver is hoping this season’s group is up to the challenge to
continue to build on the foundation of success laid this decade.

“Last year was tremendous and I would hope the next group
learned by watching the guys in front of them but that remains to be seen,” he
said.  

“I have been around this game long enough to know what it
takes to have a good football team and I think we have some potential but
potential doesn’t translate to what happens on the field unless you are working
hard and doing what you’re supposed to be doing.”

With the Muskingum Valley League schedule on the horizon,
the task doesn’t get any easier for Sheridan.

“We always approach our schedule one week at a time and one
game at a time and just always try to improve,” said Culver. “That is the big
thing we are going to focus on this year and maybe more so than we have in
recent past.”

“Playoffs are always a goal. We’ve been fortunate to make it
in a few times in the past and we will be working towards that goal again this
year but you have to do it week to week.”

Schedule 

Aug.
29, at Bellaire, 12:30 p.m.

Sept.
4, West Muskingum, 7:30 p.m.

Sept.
11, at New Concord
John Glenn, 7:30 p.m.

Sept.
18, Zanesville
Maysville, 7:30 p.m.

Sept.
25, Cambridge,
7:30 p.m.

Oct.
2, at McConnelsville Morgan, 7:30 p.m.

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

Oct.
16, Dresden Tri-Valley,
7:30 p.m.

Oct.
23, Crooksville, 7:30 p.m.

Oct.
30, at New Lexington,
7:30 p.m.

 

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