After struggling a bit over the first half of the decade, North Union
posted three straight winning seasons from 2006-2008. The success
grew even greater in 2009 as the Wildcats posted a 10-0 regular season that was good enough to earn the No. 1 seed in Region 20. This year they want to do better…
Richwood North Union
2009 Record: 10-1
* Players To Watch – LB/RB Warren Shields (6-3, 210, sr.), RB/S Travis Laird (5-11, 170, sr.), RB/S Clay Hastings (5-10, 170, sr.), QB Evan Jamison (6-6, 215, sr.), K Blake Taylor (5-4, 145, sr.)
* Outlook– After struggling a bit over the first half of the decade, North Union posted three straight winning seasons from 2006 to 2008. The success grew even greater in 2009 as the Wildcats posted a 10-0 regular season mark that was good enough to earn the No. 1 seed in Region 20.
The Wildcats fell to a tough St. Henry team in the first round, but the goals this year will be to duplicate last season’s performance and go even further.
“We have extremely high expectations for the 2010 football season,” third-year head coach Jesse Miller said. “We return great experience and athleticism. We are focused on returning to the playoffs and competing for a state championship.”
Eleven starters return for North Union, including Shields, the Division V defensive player of the year who posted 115 tackles last season. Shields also had 682 rushing yards and eight TDs.
The Wildcats bring back plenty of other stars on offense as well.
Jamison (942 yards, 11 touchdowns) returns, as do Hastings (709 yards rushing, 172 yards receiving, 14 TD) and Laird (579 yards rushing, 278 yards receiving, 13 TD).
North Union is stocked with experience, good speed and strength, which will be needed to offset the team’s size.
“Our team must have seniors that step up as leaders both on and off the field,” Miller said. “We must find ways to overcome our lack in (physical) size with speed and athleticism.”
* Schedule – This year’s team will face similar challenges to last year, including Division IV playoff team Sparta Highland and traditional power Marion Pleasant. But the Wildcats seem set to find themselves in the playoff hunt once again. Said Miller: “The players on this team have great confidence and a tremendous will to win.”
8/27/2010 at Milford Center Fairbanks
9/3/2010 Sparta Highland
9/10/2010 at Marion Pleasant
9/17/2010 Galion Northmor
9/24/2010 Mount Gilead
10/1/2010 at Caledonia River Valley
10/8/2010 Marion Elgin
10/15/2010 at Cardington Cardington-Lincoln
10/22/2010 Delaware Buckeye Valley
10/29/2010 at Morral Ridgedale