Oak Hill loaded for another run; Oaks bring back 17 starters

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Oak Hill Oaks

Expectations are expectedly high at Oak Hill. With 17 starters
returning, the Oaks will be looking to improve on last year’s 11-1
record.

 “Experience is one of our biggest assets,” head coach Greg Phillips
said. “We have five seniors playing that started as freshmen.”


Oak Hill
Division V
Region 19

2009 record: 11-1

* Players To Watch – QB Jesse Slone (6-4, 195), TB Westen Hale (6-1, 205), WR Joey Maynard (6-1, 185), TE/ILB Daniel Woods (6-0, 215), OT/DT Drew Cannon (6-3, 255), OT/DT Chris Fairchild (6-3, 275)

* Outlook –
Expectations are expectedly high at Oak Hill this year. With 17 starters returning, the Oaks will be looking to improve on last year’s 11-1 record.

 “Experience is one of our biggest assets,” head coach Greg Phillips said. “We have five seniors playing that started as freshmen.”

It starts on offense for the Oaks, who hung over 30 points on all but two opponents last year. Among the 10 returning starters are first-team All-Ohio quarterback Jesse Slone (2,432 yards, 30 TD, 1 INT), tailback Westen Hale (1,578 yards, 7.2 ypc), wide receiver Joey Maynard (814 yards receiving, 510 yards rushing), and all five offensive linemen.

“Our team last year was very balanced on offense,” Phillips said. “We hope to do the same this year.”

Things will be solid defensively as well, with seven starters back from a unit that shut out four opponents.

“Defensively, we switched from a 4-4 to a 3-4 defense,” Phillips said. “Our players picked it up real well.”

Phillips knows that with a strong team returning, the target on his team’s backs will be even bigger this season.

“We must not let the success of 2009 take away from our work ethic for 2010,” Phillips said. “Our opponents don’t care anything about last year. They just have more incentive to beat us this year.”

The 2010 season could very well be a big one for Oak Hill if everything falls into place. Last year’s team took a business-type approach to the season, and business as usual could mean trouble for opponents this year.

“The thing I liked about last year’s team was our approach to every game,” Phillips said. “We didn’t get too emotional. We took a work type approach to every game. Our team’s motto so to speak was ‘Do work.’ 2010 is almost here… let’s do work!”

* Schedule –
The Oaks went through the regular season unbeaten last year and could again, but the road is a lot bumpier. Wheelersburg is a new addition as are Wellston and D-III playoff team New Richmond. 

“Our schedule is much tougher than last year,” Phillips said. “We played two teams that made the playoffs last year. This year we play four.”

8/27    Chesapeake
9/3      Wheelersburg
9/10    at Ironton Rock Hill
9/18    Wellston
9/24    at Minford
10/1    at Portsmouth Sciotoville Community
10/8    Portsmouth Notre Dame
10/15  at Willow Wood Symmes Valley
10/22  New Richmond
10/29  at Franklin Furnace Green

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