Ullery, who returns for his 12th year as head coach, the Elks have been one of the most consistent programs in Ohio. And they should be again. A tough schedule with non-conference games against Alter and St. Ignatius looms, but so does a dominating Elks defense led by three D-I recruits.
2009 Record: 9-3
* Players to Watch – OL-DL Michael Bennett (6-3, 275, Sr.), OL-DL Benny McGowan (6-4, 290, Jr.), DL Kyle Rose (6-4, 240, Sr.), LB Mike Replogle (6-3, 215, Sr.), DL Connor Donnini (5-11, 275, Sr.), S Jay Mastin (6-1, 200, Jr.), S Brandon Reese (5-10, 185, Sr.); RB Tristan Boykin (6-0, 190, Sr.)
* Outlook – The Elks have been one of the most consistent programs in Ohio under Ron Ullery, who returns for his 12th year as the Centerville coach. Centerville dropped its playoff opener to Cincinnati St. Xavier 37-12 last year.
“We feel really good about the team we’ve got coming back,” Ullery said. “We should be strong up front. We have some experience there and some good players there. We have good size and good speed and decent depth.”
Good luck scoring and running the ball on the Elks who return nine defensive starters (including three D-I recruits) from a unit that ranked No. 1 in the GWOC in scoring (12.1 ppg) and No. 2 in total yardage (214 ypg).
Bennett is considered the No. 1 prospect in Ohio for 2011 and has already committed to Ohio State.
He’ll be joined by McGowan and Rose (West Virginia recruit) on what should be a dynamite defensive front four.
“Michael is probably one of the top ones we have had in explosiveness off the line on both sides of the ball,” Ullery said. “Benny was out all of last season and would have been a starter for us.”
Replogle anchors the LB corps and is headed to Indiana.
Offensively Centerville returns six starters from an offense that averaged 326 yards per game on the ground.
Boykin is the leading returning rusher after churnning out 749 yards and four TDs last season. Boykin, who has an offer from Buffalo, was also Centerville’s leading receiver last season (17 receptions, 396 yards, two TDs).
* Schedule – Centerville will play Cleveland St. Ignatius for the first time since the 1991 D-I state title game, won by St. Ignatius 24-21. The BIG game though happens a week before that when neighborhood rival Alter invades Centerville Stadium for the first time since 1967. The teams haven’t played since then with the Knights holding a 3-1 series edge. Back-to-back home games against fellow GWOC monsters Northmont and Wayne also looms.
8/27 @ LAKOTA EAST (LIBERTY TWP.)
9/10 ALTER (KETTERING)
9/18 ST IGNATIUS (CLEVELAND)
10/1 @ KETTERING FAIRMONT
10/8 NORTHMONT (CLAYTON)
10/15 WAYNE (HUBER HEIGHTS)
10/22 @ SPRINGFIELD
10/29 @ BEAVERCREEK