Eastmoor out to earn third straight playoff berth; Tanner makes a difference

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Columbus Eastmoor Academy

Head coach Jim Miranda reached his 100th career win late last season,
and he’s got a crop of outstanding players who will try to add some
additional “X”s to the win column. The team’s led by senior stud Ron Tanner, an Ohio State recruit.


Columbus Eastmoor Academy
Division III
Region 10

2009 record: 8-3

* Players to watch – FS Ron Tanner (6-1, 190, Sr.), LB Shawn Jackson (5-11, 190, Sr.), DB/WR Kevin Tucker (5-9, 155, Sr.), OL/DL Jabari Howard (6-1, 280, Jr.), OL/LB Bryan Booker (6-1, 220, Jr.)

* Outlook – Head coach Jim Miranda reached his 100th career win late last season, and he’s got a crop of outstanding players who will try to add some additional “X”s to the win column.

The team’s led by Tanner, an Ohio State recruit, who will try to help send the team back to the playoffs for the third year in a row. The season opener against rival (and Miranda’s old high school) Columbus Northland will set the tone.

“I’m pretty positive,” Miranda says. “Some of the leadership that we have and some of the experience that we gained from our big guys up front, I’m pretty optimistic about this opportunity. This summer is going to be really important in how well we come together.”

Some healthy competition at corner and running back should drive the players to work harder in the weight room in the weeks leading up to kickoff.

Tanner has proven himself as an effective leader on the field, and his smarts helped Eastmoor outscore their opponents 266-113 during the regular season last fall when they went 8-2.

Still, they’ll need to be on top of their game to advance further in the playoffs. They were knocked out by Napoleon 28-14 in Round 1 last year.

* Schedule – Eastmoor’s first game could be one of their best. They’re taking on Northland in a city matchup. Northland also happens to be Coach Miranda’s alma mater. Eastmoor lost just two games last fall – one against Columbus St. Charles and one against Columbus Marion-Franklin. They have rematches with both teams in weeks 2 and 7, respectively.

8/27    @ NORTHLAND (COLUMBUS)
9/3      ST CHARLES (COLUMBUS)
9/17    WEST (COLUMBUS)
9/24    @ BRIGGS (COLUMBUS)
10/1    SOUTH (COLUMBUS)
10/8    @ WALNUT RIDGE (COLUMBUS)
10/15   MARION-FRANKLIN (COLUMBUS)
10/22   @ INDEPENDENCE (COLUMBUS)
10/29   @ AFRICENTRIC EARLY COLLEGE (COLUMBUS)

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