Entering head coach John Miller’s fourth year, Toledo Christian appears
on the cusp of something special. The Eagles are 21-10 over the last
three seasons and earned the school’s first playoff berth in 2007.
Another postseason trip could be just months away.
Toledo Christian (5-5)
* Players to Watch – K J.C. Miller, (5-7, 175, Sr.); LB Greg Barringer (5-11, 175, Sr.); OL Ben Sanders (5-11, 260, Sr.); DL Mike Gaston (5, 11, 225, Sr.); RB/DB Graham Miller (5-10, 185, Jr.); QB Nick Rightnowar (5-11, 155, Jr.); WR/LB David Westmeyer (6-0, 170, Jr.); OL/LB Anthony Dodd (5-10, 210, Jr.) * Outlook – Entering head coach John Miller’s fourth year, Toledo Christian appears on the cusp of something special. The Eagles are 21-10 over the last three seasons and earned the school’s first playoff berth in 2007. Another postseason trip could be just months away.
TC returns a number of key players on offense, and generating points should not be a problem.
Speedster Graham Miller will again be a dual-threat out of the backfield where he rushed for 1,231 yards and 10 TDs on 193 carries and caught 19 passes for 263 yards and a TD.
Rightnowar returns at quarterback where he completed 126-of-209 passes for 1,835 yards, 21 TDs and 10 interceptions.
Westmeyer is the main receiving threat after catching 30 passes for 490 yards and four TDs.
Defensively Barringer (59.5 tackles), Gaston (15.5 tackles, seven for loss) and Dodd anchor the unit.
Senior kicker J.C. Miller, who has made 74-of-78 career PATs and 9-of-13 career field goals, is an added threat. Last season Miller was 31-of-31 on PATs.
“The 2009 season looks bright,” John Miller said. “The seniors will be relied on heavily for leadership on and off of the field. The junior class is very deep athletically and many of them have plenty of Friday night game experience. We are very optimistic with the group of athletes that we have this season.”
On the schedule TC gets a facelift, replacing non-league foes Toledo Libbey, Woodward and Troy Christian with Delta, Ada and Fort Loramie. You can bet an Oct. 23 meeting with Northwood is circled. Last year the Eagles lost to the Rangers 75-14. Rival Ottawa Hills is the last game on the docket.
“The offseason weightlifting program has been a success with many athletes participating and showing substantial gains,” Miller said. “We look for this group to make a run for the league title and postseason play.
“Our numbers appear to up this year and the work ethic of the players is improving to the level where we feel we can be competitive each week. We are looking to finish strong.”