Mt. Carmel Fire football ready to light county sky

May 24th, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

These guys have no plans to make a fuel of themselves. The Mount Carmel Fire football team’s plan is to set the Saturday night skies aflame with excitement and sportsmanship on a national and international plane of competition.

Kyle Dincler, a football standout at Amelia High School from where he graduated in 1997, is the co-founder and majority owner of the Fire. John Reeves, a Turpin High grad, is the other owner and founder.

Said Dincler, “I love football and I haven’t played in nine years and I had a blast when I played, so I wanted to start my own team that has discipline, respect, hard-work ethic, and camaraderie. I want to have a good atmosphere around the team.

“I want this to be a good football team that has an outside mission of developing friendships among the team and for us to be able to mentor to people.”

David Coghlan has handed the ball to Ryan Walriven who faces a tackle from Thomas Harder.
The mission of the Mount Carmel Fire is "To allow adult men the opportunity to compete in amateur football in an atmosphere that fosters discipline, respect, sportsmanship, and fun for everyone involved; To provide adult men with opportunities to advance from the semi-pro level of competition to collegiate and for professional, national and international levels of competition; To support and develop amateur athletics in our local community; To build positive and encouraging relationships within the local community; To provide ministry opportunities at person, team, and community levels, through fellowship and service."

Dincler, who teaches Bible and history at Miami Valley Christian Academy, is 6' and weighs 230-pounds. He will be a tight end. He was a starter and Queen City Conference all-star on Amelia High varsity grid squads that won or shared titles. He comes from good genes. His dad, Tim, a 1968 graduate of Amelia, is a many times powerlifting champion.

David Coghlan is a 2005 graduate of Clermont Northeastern where he was an outstanding quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. He is 5'-10", 165 pounds.

"I've worked on my speed and strength," said the University of Cincinnati business major. "I want to play a sport again. I've always loved playing football and the competitive atmosphere. I can't wait to play football again."

Thomas Harder is a 2005 graduate of Glen Este where he starred in basketball. Previously he had been a star for the Milford Christian Academy varsity cage team. He has never before played organized football.

"I want to try playing football. I haven't played sports since high school and this is a way for me to be active and play some sports. I'll get to see what football is actually like," said the University of Cincinnati business student who is a groundskeeper for Carl and Martha Lindner.

Andy Hesketh is a recent graduate of Bethel-Tate High School where he lettered in football, basketball, track and field, and baseball. He was a Southern Buckeye Conference all-star quarterback.

Today, the 6-1, 195-pounder is a fabricator for Pesce Marble Granite in Amelia.

He said, "I had several scholarship offers, but while practicing for the East-West all-star game at the end of my senior year I got a collapsed lung and I was never able to go to college. Now I have a 2-year-old son and it's time for me to grow up and be a good example for my son. My heart never left the game of football and with the Christian atmosphere of this team it is making me a better human being while being able to play the game. I love it."

Ryan Walriven is a 2000 graduate of New Richmond where he was a stellar standout in basketball. Today at 6-1, 225, Walriven is a successful bodybuilding competitor. He is employed in the quality assurance department of Cincinnati Financial.

"I want to play an organized sport again like football that is a very physical sport," he said. "I'm definitely looking forward to this. I even quit bodybuilding to do this."

Chris Kent is the Flame's assistant offensive coordinator. He graduated from Batavia in 2000 where he was a Southern Buckeye Conference football all-star. Today he is a mutual fund stock trader for Fidelity Investments.

"(Fire coach) Coleman (Lucas) asked me to do this and I was hesitant until he told me the purpose of the team and then I wanted to be a part of it," he said. "I'm looking forward to this. It's neat for me to work with people I played against in high school."

His dad Tom was a former Amelia football standout and a Clermont County League all-star end his senior season of 1969-70.

Lucas is a graduate of Akron St.Vincent-St. Mary's High School where he was a football standout. Today lives in Clermont County and is a manufacturer's representative for RZ Marketing Group.

"I've been in football most of my life and I wanted to get back into it," he said. "The goal of our team is to have fun and be respectful. We're shaping up to becoming a good team, but I'd like for us to have more guys. We have about 24 guys, but we'd like to have at least 30-35."

The Mt. Carmel Fire roster currently consists of Jeff Bobbitt (Clermont Northeastern graduate - number 81), Rob Campbell (Covington Catholic - 75), Tom Christie (Milford - 65), Shane Clouse (New Richmond - 13), David Coghlan (Clermont Northeastern - 3), Alex Coon (Amelia - 23), Eric Danbury (Western Brown - 88), Kyle Dincler (Amelia - 44), Justin Fragassi (Glen Este - 12), Thomas Harder (Glen Este - 4), Andy Hesketh (Bethel-Tate - 24), Josh Hogan (Colerain - 22), Brad Kelch (Amelia - 41), Randy Lowe (Turpin - 56), Jeff Mahaffey (New Richmond - 72), Tom Miller (Turpin - 20), John Reeves (Turpin - 80), Adam Shaffer (Amelia - 11), Matt Stroop (Western Brown - 85), Zach Taylor (Amelia - 79), Ryan Walriven (New Richmond - 28), Robbie Williams (Amelia - 73), and Kevin Woods (Amelia - 62).

The Mt. Carmel Fire Schedule: June 2 West Virginia Crash, June 9 at Ohio Hurricanes, June 16 Butler County Blazers, June 23 Delphos Dark Knights, June 30 at Southern Ohio Patriots, July 7 at Butler County Blazers, July 14 Northwest Ohio Raiders, July 21 at Kenton Cougars, July 28 at West Virginia Crash, and Aug. 4 Southern Ohio Patriots.

All home games will be played at Anderson High School and will begin at 7 p.m.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Mount Carmel Fire, please call Dincler at 588-0142.
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