The Tigers had a rare down year for a program that is use to
playing for regional championships over the past decade, but that down
year still resulted in a trip to week 11.
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*Pickerington Central (7-3, Region 3 Quarterfinalist): The Tigers had a rare down year for a program that is use to playing for regional championships over the past decade, but that down year still resulted in a trip to week 11.
The Tigers had to replace a plethora of players on both sides of the ball from their 2011 team, which finished state runner-up in Division I. In 2012, PC found a way to win seven games, which included two improbable victories over Reynoldsburg and Gahanna Lincoln.
However, the Tigers did fall victim to city rival Pickerington North for the first time in school history and what made matters worse, they lost to the Panthers twice by a combine score of 61-0. Central did manage to earn a share of the OCC Ohio championship when Pickerington North lost to Grove City in week 10.
The Purple and White return plenty from last year’s playoff team starting with three offensive linemen. Brendan Dudziak (6’6/270/Sr.), Josh Clouse (5’10/190/Sr.), and Tyler Boyd (5’11/270/Sr.) all started up front for the Tigers a season ago.
Senior quarterback Colby Simkins (5’10/190) returns for his second season under center, while running back Tawain Gordon (6’0/190/Sr.) should have a breakout season after splitting time as a junior.
Central welcomes back two of the better receivers in Central Ohio in junior Eric Marshall (5’10/170) and senior Andrew Meyer (6’1/190). Meyer was hampered by injuries throughout his junior season. Tight end Cris Reyes (5’11/195/Sr.) returns as well.
On defense, the Tigers will be stout once again. Linebackers senior Isaiah Richmond (6’0/220), junior linebacker Clay Burk (5’11/195), senior Jae’Sean Tate (6’4/215), and junior Clayton Glasco (6’2/215) should be a force. Tate is an Ohio State verbal for basketball, but owns several D1 football offers as well.
Keith Roberts (5’10/200/Sr.) and DaVon Hamilton (6’3/285/So.) will hold down the defensive line, which was very undersized a year ago. Seniors Vinnie Allen (5’9/170), Jordan Piecczynski (5’8/180), and Rudy Stefanitsis (6’1/190) along with Marshall return in the secondary. In addition, keep an eye on sophomore Seth Currens (6’3/185), who dressed varsity as a freshman.
Another solid weapon for the Tigers will be sophomore kicker Devon McMillin (6’1/175), who made some key extra points as a freshman.
Pickerington Central will replace opening week games with Cincinnati Colerain and Columbus Marion-Franklin with heavyweights Centerville and Middletown. The Tigers will have a bye week (2) between the two Southwest Ohio opponents.
“Our two non-league games have even a bigger impact on our season with the modification to the Division I regional assignments,” head coach Jay Sharrett believes. “Level two points are more critical due to splitting level two points once a team enters conference play.”
Sharrett, who is (101-21) in his 10 years as the Tigers’ boss, believes he has close to 12 potential Division 1 prospects on his team. Meyer owns an offer from Ohio University.
Pickerington North (0-0)
Grove City (0-0)