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Old 08-06-14, 03:25 PM
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Sidney Yellow Jackets 2014

Week 1 - A St. Marys Memorial
Week 2 - H Bellefontaine
Week 3 - A West Carrollton
Week 4 - H Fairborn
Week 5 - A Canfield
Week 6 - A Trotwood-Madison
Week 7 - H Butler
Week 8 - A Troy
Week 9 - H Piqua
Week 10 - H Greenville


It's about that time again. Another season nearly upon us. Exciting times here in Sidney with the new turf and all. On top of that numbers are up. Recent years the roster numbered between 50-60 players. This year it's over 75. I can't remember off the top of my head the last time there were more than that. It had to be before 2007.

Not a ton of information on the team yet though aside from the roster which can be found here. I'll have more as we inch closer to week 1.

Roster Breakdown - 11 Seniors - 18 Juniors - 22 Sophomores - 25 Freshmen
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Old 08-10-14, 10:09 AM
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Notes

The QB spot is still up for grabs.

Still running the spread with all 4 WR's returning lettermen and significant players last season.

Eric Barnes returns for his 3rd season at RB. Still a down hill runner but has trimmed down and gained more speed. Career totals 243 Carries - 916 yards - 3.7 AVG per carry, and 7 TD's.

Defense will be led by DL Devin Santos (59 tackles, 2.5 sacks) and Brian Taborn (58 Tackles, 1 sack).

The LB corp and secondary have a lot of new faces but they are all athletes and seem to be meshing well together.
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Old 08-24-14, 06:38 PM
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Fall Sports Preview - Sidney Daily News

If the Yellow Jackets can improve this year like they did last year, it's going to be an excellent season for coach Adam Doenges' crew. The record was the same in 2013 as 2012 at 4-6 but the statistics were not. For instance, Sidney went from averaging 200 yards per game in 2012 to 300 yards per game last season. And that translated to a scoring average of 27 points per game, an increase of 11 over the 2012 campaign.

This will be Doenges fourth season as the head coach, and he's made progress since his opening season in 2011 wound up 0-10. "I think we can progress again," said Doenges. "Last year we lost four games where we were either tied or leading at halftime. So that's been posted in the weight room ever since--finishing games off. So there's been six months of talking about it and it comes down to composure. We have to be able to keep our composure and withstand adversity.

He's already seen improvement in one area...numbers. He reports that in grades 9 through 12, there are 77 out for the sport, and that's an increase of nearly 20 from last year. And, he notes, that's with a very small senior class that numbers 11. "We only lost two kids that decided not to come out, and we picked up quite a few."

Though he has a lot of players returning this season, there is one gaping hole to fill, and that's at QB. Jordan Fox was a rock under center last season, earning first-team All-GWOC North honors. He threw for 1,647 yards, fourth best in the entire GWOC, and rushed for nearly 500. And he was a standout at LB, leaving a hole on the defensive side.

In preseason so far, the QB position has been a battle between 6'0" 216 lb. sophomore Jack Feazel, and 5'8" 160 lb. senior Caleb Roberts. "Jack took the majority of the snaps in scrimmages, but Caleb took quite a few too," said Doenges. "It's been competitive."

Sidney returns a lot of players on offense, led by 5'9" 175 lb. senior RB Eric Barnes, who led the Jackets in rushing last season with 663 yards and 6 TD. "Eric has made himself faster and stronger, and we're expecting big things out of him," said Doenges. He'll be running behind a pretty veteran OL, with three starters returning.

Lorenzo Taborn, 6'4" 300 lbs. and a junior, will be at LT. Brian Taborn, 6'1" 200 lbs. and a senior, will be at RT. Derek Larger, a 5'10" 181 lb. senior returns at Center. "It's a four-way battle for the other two offensive line spots," said Doenges.

He will line Tyren Cox up at TE and also split him out, and he's a big target at 6'2" 213 and a junior. He caught 25 passes for 351 yards last season. "We think he can do a lot of things for us," said Doenges.

Then there's Darryl McNeal, 5'10" 175 and a junior at WR. He caught 28 passes last season and 6 TD's, 4 of them in a spectacular performance in a 42-28 shootout over Troy. "He's a big-play receiver," said Doenges.

Anthony Yates, whose season was cut short by injury last year, is back at WR and Punter. Before going out, he averaged nearly 39 yards per punt.

Among the new players Doenges expects to play key roles this season are sophomore Conor Beer, 5'8" 170 at WR. Junior Damien Duff, 5'10" 175 at WR. Junior Devin Santos, 6'0" 210 on the OL and senior Karoly Timmons, 6'0" 235 on the OL.

Defensively, the Jackets have a lot of spots to fill. "We're going to be pretty green on defense, but we feel we have the kids," said Doenges. "But there are a lot of question marks on that side of the ball." Duff, a FS last year, will be at SS this season, and Brian Taborn and Santos are both returning at the DE positions.

Alec Gordon is a 6'1" 208 lb. sophomore who Doenges said probably would have started last year as a freshman had it not been for a car accident that cost him the entire season. He's ready to make up for lost time at LB, where he will likely be joined by letterman Tristan Carlson, a 5'10" 170 lb. junior, and Sam Niswonger, a junior who is 5'8" 170 but hasn't played since junior high.

In the defensive backfield will be Duff, McNeal, Beer, 5'10" 150 lb. sophomore Xavier Wise, 5'8" 135 lb. senior Phil Franklin, and 5'11" 178 lb. sophomore Will Wallace. "We play a 4-2-5 defense, with five DB's," said Doenges. "We face a variety of offenses, so we've kinda been doing this the last few years and it makes us flexible."

The Jackets open with traditional opening-night rival St. Marys Aug. 29 on the road before returning for their first home game on the new turf the following week against Bellefontaine. A highlight of this season is the trip to Canfield in week five. It's a trip of about 225 miles to northeast Ohio, and the game will be on Friday night at 7 p.m. The team will stay over and visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame the following day.
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