By Rob Kiser
SIDNEY — When you play football at Lehman Catholic, you understand the goals going into the season.
Coming off a 7-5 season last year and a third straight trip to the postseason, the Cavaliers goals remain the same under coach Richard Roll. The Cavaliers have advanced to the playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons.
“The goals remain the same,” Roll said. “Win the league and make it to the playoffs.”
And there is no reason to think they won’t with a plethora of depth on both sides of the ball.
Roll has three options to replace Stepehn Monnin at quarterback.
They include sophomore Elliott Gilardi (5-11, 150), junior Kameron Lee (6-3, 190) and senior Dylan Arnold (5-10, 155). Regardless of who the quarterback is, all three are likely to be on the field somewhere.
“Things are starting to shake out (at quarterback), Roll said. “All of them are athletic enough, they will be playing somewhere.”
Arnold is in the mix at running back, along with senior Jacob Earhart (5-10, 185), along with juniors Owen Smith (5-11, 165), Brandon Barhorst (5-10, 155), Aldo Barrera (5-6, 155) and Alvaro Barrera (5-6, 145).
Earhart led the team in rushing a year ago with 1,122 yards on 177 carries and 12 touchdowns.
Arnold was the leading receiver with 45 catches for 604 yards and 11 touchdowns. Barhorst caught 38 passes for 498 yards last year and will also see action at tight end.
The receivers include Lee, seniors Seth Brown (6-3, 175), Ethan Neu (6-1, 155) and Jared Rourke (5-10, 150) and junior Braiden Sherman (5-11, 145).
“It is a good problem to have,” Roll said about the depth at the skill positions. “We have to find a way to rotate people and keep people fresh.”
Along with Barhorst at tight end, will be junior Michael Bunker (6-5, 215).
“We definitely have the ability to create matchup problems with our receivers,” Roll said. “I like having a 6-5 tight end or a 6-3 receiver.”
The offensive line will be anchored by junior Collin Haller (6-0, 195) at center.
The guards will include senior Wyatt Long (6-0, 200) and junior Seth Sargent (6-4, 240).
The tackles will be junior Michael Wesner (5-9, 180) and sophomore Logan Bunker (5-11, 175). Also seeing action on the line will be junior Logan Richard (5-11, 160) and senior Joe Schemmel (6-1, 155).
“We like what we have — and only one of them is a senior,” Roll said about the starters up front. “There isn’t a lot of depth, but we feel good about who we have playing there. We have some young guys who could be ready by week eight or nine.”
On defense, the Cavaliers will be switching back to a 4-4.
“We did that because of our personnel,” Roll said. “We never totally abandoned it, so it has been (an easy transition for the players).”
Seeing action on the line will be Brown, sophomore Jared Magoteaux (6-1, 190), senior Chris Shepherd (6-4, 350), Michael Bunker and Logan Bunker. Michael Bunker had nine sacks and 51 tackles a year ago.
“We will be moving those guys around and rotating them,” Roll said.
At inside linebacker Earhart and Long return and will be joined by Richard and sophomore Nicholas Largent (5-10, 155).
Earhart had 79 tackles a year ago, while Long had 69.
The outside linebackers will include Barhorst, Smith, Sherman, Aldo and Alvaro Barrera.
Smith had 114 tackles a year ago, while Barhorst added 76.
The secondary will include Lee, Rourke and Gilardi at cornerbacks, with Arnold and Neu at safety.
“We have guys we can move around back there,” Roll said. “Owen Smith and Brandon Barhorst will move back into the secondary at times and there are other guys who can move up.”
Lee will handle the punting duties, while sophomore Michael Denning (6-1, 180) will handle the kicking duties.
Lehman will be challenged right out of the gate, hosting Fort Recovery before traveling to Minster.
The Indians knocked the Cavaliers out of the playoffs last year enroute to winning the state title.
“We open up with the defending state champs,” Roll said. “Our non-conference schedule is pretty tough.”
Roll sees the NWCC as a four-team battle.
“I hear Fort Loramie has a real strong team,” Roll said. “I expect Riverside and Upper Scioto Valley to be good as well. There are four strong teams in the conference. I expect us to be right in there.”
Continuing a success that has become the Lehman tradition.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.
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