Senior-led Lions learn life-long lessons from outstanding 9-2 football campaign

November 19th, 2009    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

A 28-12 loss to Logan Elm’s Braves brought an end to a superb season for the New Richmond varsity football team. The Lions, who finished 9-2, trailed at the end of each quarter 14-6, 28-6, and 28-6. The 9-2 standard was the best among Clermont County’s high school varsity football teams.

Junior quarterback Garrett Myers scored both of the touchdowns for the Red and Black on respective rushes of 10 and one yard.

“I wish we could have played better. We didn’t play as good as I thought we could in the first half,” said Dan Scholz, head coach of the New Richmond varsity football squad.

Garrett Myers (12), New Richmond junior quarter back, has no trouble in finding running room behind the blocking of teammates Mike Maupin (25), Austin Warden (11), Chris Dean (51) and Joey Smith (70) in the Division III state playoff game that took place at Circleville Logan Elm High School. Photo courtesy of Jim Robinson.
"We would like everybody to know we were so impressed with the tremendous support we got with the people having to make a two and a half hour drive to the game. . .

"Our players learned this year that if they work really hard, they put themselves in a good position.

"Our seniors stepped up to be great leaders. They did a fantastic job."

The senior members of the Lion varsity included Brandon Branson (6-feet, 2-inches, 207-pounds) offensive and defensive lineman, Andy Case (6-0, 187) offensive lineman and outside linebacker, Chris Dean (5-11, 205) center and defensive lineman, Brian Gelter (6-0, 241) offensive and defensive lineman, Kevin Hamilton (5-9, 142) wide receiver and defensive back, Mike Maupin (5-8, 156) fullback and half back and inside linebacker, Brian Mazzaro (5-9, 145) wide receiver and defensive back, Andrew Nealan (5-10, 175) full back and defensive lineman, Mike Skaggs (5-11, 165) quarter back and wide receiver and safety, Joey Smith (6-4, 305) offensive and defensive lineman, and Logan Wolfe (6-1, 254) offensive and defensive lineman.

The remainder of the Red and Black's roster included Cole Bird (6-0, 181) freshman quarter back and tight end and inside linebacker, Austin Campbell (5-10, 159) freshman offensive lineman and inside linebacker, Shane Campbell (6-2, 167) junior tight end and outside linebacker, Alex Chesney (5-11, 165) junior wide receiver and outside linebacker, Cody Deller (6-0, 171) junior offensive lineman and outside linebacker, Miles Derkson, junior wide receiver and defensive back, Derrick Dillow (5-11, 155) sophomore quarter back and defensive back, Alex Dye (5-8, 174) freshman offensive and defensive lineman, Matt Eldridge (5-10, 170) freshman offensive and defensive lineman, Alex Forsee (6-2, 165) junior wide receiver and tight end and outside linebacker, JR Forsee (6-4, 262) freshman offensive and defensive lineman, Matt Forsee freshman tail back and wide receiver and safety, Zach Gelter (5-9, 241) junior offensive and defensive lineman, Jay Glueck (5-10, 154) sophomore fullback and inside linebacker, Jacob Gundler (6-0, 151) sophomore wide receiver and safety, Will Hayward (5-6, 131) sophomore full back and defensive lineman, Nick Hill (5-6, 131) sophomore tailback and defensive back, Alex Horn (5-11, 173) freshman tight end and full back and inside line backer, Luke Hoskins (5-7, 159) freshman offensive and defensive lineman, M. Grey Houston (5-7, 202) freshman offensive and defensive lineman, Tre Jetter (5-10, 156) junior wide receiver and defensive back, Robbie Lemar (5-8, 139) sophomore full back and defensive lineman, Clay Loadman (5-8, 152) freshman half back and wide receiver and outside linebacker, Clint Lytle (5-8 220) sophomore offensive and defensive lineman, Marty Mahaffey (5-11, 179) junior offensive and defensive lineman,Tyler Malicoat (5-9, 144) sophomore wide receiver and defensive back, Joey McCabe (6-0, 153) junior wide receiver and safety, Brandon Miller (5-8, 159) freshman offensive and defensive lineman, Brandon Mues (5-6, 130) freshman wide receiver and outside linebacker, Garrett Myers (5-9, 166) junior quarterback and halfback and safety, Chad Nort (6-1, 159) freshman tight end, Aaron Pollard (5-6, 117) freshman wide receiver and defensive back, Jacob Preston (5-6, 134) freshman quarterback and wide receiver and defensive back, Colt Reese (5-7, 118) freshman wide receiver and defensive back, Kevin Reid (5-5, 168) freshman full back and half back and inside linebacker, Zach Ritter junior punter and placekicker, Danny Scholz (6-0, 185) sophomore tight end and inside linebacker, Kevin Scholz (5-11, 142) freshman offensive lineman and outside linebacker, Austin Skaggs (5-5 107) sophomore wide receiver and defensive back, Jeff Snider (6-0, 300) sophomore offensive and defensive lineman, Josh Spires (5-11, 158) sophomore fullback and outside linebacker, Isaac Stroud (5-11, 275) junior offensive and defensive lineman, Jay Troy, freshman offensive lineman and outside linebacker, Austin Warden (6-1, 186) junior quarter back and wide receiver and outside linebacker, James White (5-6, 148) freshman fullback and defensive lineman, Nick Williams (5-7, 157) junior fullback and outside linebacker, and Tanner Wolfe freshman quarter back and wide receiver and safety.

Scholz was assisted with his coaching duties by Greg Hawkins, Chuck Warden, Joe Moorehead, Larry Howell, Tom McOwen and Tim Dunn.

Scholz pointed out there would probably some adjustments to be made to the individual defensive statistics.

Case made 76 tackles, Andy Scholz 60, Gundler 55, Branson 48.5, Warden 45.5, Mahaffey 40, and Deller 31.5.

Hamilton intercepted five enemy passes, Mazzaro four, and Gundler and Mike Skaggs two.

Gundler recovered three of the foe's fumbles, and Case, Scholz and Ward two apiece.

Nealan led the Lions with 924 yards rushing for an average of 7.4 yards per carry with the longest being 70 yards, Myers had 899 yards on 6.7 yards per carry and 60 yards being the longest run. Maupin carried for 73 yards, an 8.0 average with 53 being the farthest romp.

Myers threw 10 of the Red and Black's touchdown passes.

Mazzaro caught 11 passes for 204 yards and six touchdowns.

Hill returned 17 punts for a 9.8 average and 12 kickoffs for a 14.8 average.

Maupin returned eight kickoffs for a 17.6 average and Hamilton four for 17.0.

Myers topped the team with 1,429 yards of total offense, Nealan totalled 924, and Maupin 731.
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