Coming off first playoff berth in 19 years, Middletown ready to continue climb

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Middletown Football

It was a breakthrough season in 2009 for Middletown. The Middies
qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 19 years and defeated
host Moeller in their opening game (45-10) before falling to Anderson in
the regional semis (41-20). Still, coach Jason Krause, who earned a
share of the state coach of the year award, likes what he sees with his
program.


Middletown
Division I
Region 4

2009 Record: 10-2

* Players to Watch – LB Kyle Schwarber (6-2, 225, Sr.), WR Zach Edwards (6-0, 180, Jr.), S Alec Fultz (5-11, 185, Sr.), OL Kevin Henderson (6-2, 245, Jr.), QB Giovonie McKnight (6-3, 185, Jr.).

* Outlook – It was a breakthrough season in 2009 for Middletown. The Middies qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 19 years and defeated host Moeller in their opening game (45-10) before falling to Anderson in the regional semis (41-20). Still, coach Jason Krause, who earned a share of the state coach of the year award, likes what he sees with his program.

“I think last year showed the kids in our program that the things we are doing work,” said Krause, who is back for his third year at the helm. “We had a nice run and won 10 games. I think the kids believe in the things we are asking them to do.”

Krause welcomes back 12 starters (six offense, six defense).

“It will be a junior-dominated team,” he said. “We played a lot of sophomores last year. We’ll have a few seniors who will also have to step up.”

McKnight figures to step in at quarterback.

“He has a strong arm and is extremely athletic,” Krause said. “He is also a smart, intelligent kid, too.”

* Schedule –
Again, no Colerain on the GMC slate bodes well, although the Middies have had success against the Cards. Regardless, a trip to Lakota West in Week 4 and the season-ending clash with Princeton are big.

8/28    SIMON KENTON (KY)
9/3      TROY
9/10    @ LIMA SENIOR
9/16    @ LAKOTA WEST (WEST CHESTER)    
9/24    HAMILTON
10/1    @ SYCAMORE (CINCINNATI)        
10/8    MASON            
10/15  @ FAIRFIELD
10/22  LAKOTA EAST (LIBERTY TWP.)        
10/29  PRINCETON

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