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Carey hoping math won’t be a factor in ’13

September 1, 2013
By Aaron Korte - Sports Writer ( , The Advertiser-Tribune

CAREY 0.05.

That was all the computer points that separated Carey from making the postseason last fall.

Carey coach Todd Worst said he didn't think about it for long after the disappointing discovery at the end of the season. He said his kids and some of his coaches may have stewed over it more than he did.

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For good reason, too, as the Blue Devils won five straight to close the season, yielding just 29 points in that span on their way to an 8-2 record. It's not the 0.05 that bothers Worst. It's the 2.

"It probably bothered the kids more than it bothered us. We would have liked to have had the opportunity to play again, but it comes down to we needed to win one more game and we didn't," Worst said. "Whether you miss by a little bit or a lot, you're out."

Worst said he's sure his players have thought about it in the offseason and some of his coaches have reminded them of the missed opportunity.

Fact Box

Carey Blue Devils
Head coach: Todd Worst.
2012: 8-2 (6-1 MAL).
Assistant coaches: Bob Damschroder; Jonathon Mershman; David Steen; Tim Baldridge; Joe Clinger; Derek Stock.
1Jevyn Pratt5-5104WR/DB9
2Cody Ferguson5-11165RB/S10
5Tyler Hoover5-10140WR/DB11
7Gavin Woods5-8117QB/S9
8Trevor Karcher5-11155RB/DB10
10Satchel Strahm6-0175WR/DB11
11Bryan Powers6-0160RB/DB11
12Abel La Roche6-0140QB/S10
13Jared Kuhlman5-7122RB/S9
14Matthew Holsinger5-9175QB/DB12
15Wade Neal6-2160SE/DB11
17Dylan Kincade5-3117WR/DB9
18Zach Boes6-2176WR/DB11
19Dylan Noon5-8154QB/DB11
20Derek Wentling5-8130RB/DB10
21Alex Distel6-0155RB/DB11
22Jared Wentling6-2173TE/S11
23Terry Nordyke5-10166RB/LB11
24Dion Blanton5-7160RB/S10
25Bryce Tackett6-3180RB/DE12
27Gage Lowe5-9160TE/DE10
30Brandon Zechman5-10160RB/DB12
31Garrett Billock5-9140RB/S9
32Will McMahon6-0205TE/LB11
33Tyler Higgins5-5155RB/LB12
34Lucas Allison5-7160RB/LB11
36Dylan Musgrave5-7165RB/LB12
37Levi Smalley5-9185RB/DT11
41Jocosa Way6-1180TE/DE10
42Zach Brodman5-6155RB/LB11
46Jonathon Racheter6-0190RB/LB9
49Noah Billock5-11180RB/DE11
50Jacob Stover5-10170G/LB9
52Caden Johnson6-0180T/DT10
53Marcus O’Flaherty5-10230C/DE10
56Anthony Blair5-11210G/DE12
57Colton Orians6-0265T/T12
58Nathanyal Griffin6-1200G/DE10
59Zach Sauber5-9205T/T12
61Kyle Swartz5-8220G/T12
62Gavin Lowe5-9160T/T10
63Brent Mullholand5-8140C/DE9
66Steven Yonts6-3290T/T11
67Brandon Black6-0170T/DE9
69Brady Mullholand5-8185C/DE11
70Adric Stombaugh5-10170G/DE10
71Xavi Boes5-6260T/T9
72Noah McCartney5-11200C/DE11
73Tyler Green5-9255T/T11
74Deven Patrick5-10195T/DE11
76Devon Orwick5-11190C/DE9
77Jacob Goble5-11260T/T12
78Heth Smallwood6-5303T/T11
81Aaron Jacoby5-10140WR/DB10
82Nolan Roszman6-2160WR/DB11
85Drake Williams6-0165TE/DE11
89Carter Smith5-11130SE/DB10
2013 Schedule
Aug. 30at Upper Sandusky
Sept. 20at Mohawk
Sept. 27ST. JOE
Oct. 5at Calvert
Oct. 11at Lakota
Oct. 25at Hopewell-Loudon

"It was disappointing to finish as well as we did and not have another chance to play," he said.

The school has another chance, albeit its last one, to play in the Midland Athletic League before the Blue Devils move on to the Northern 10.

"I think overall the MAL has been good for us," Worst said. "We joined the MAL right after I got out of high school. When we first got in, the MAL was a really good football conference. It's not as much anymore. The top teams are still good but the middle teams are just not there for the competition week in, week out."

Worst said there's one goal in mind for the league.

"You don't want to go out with the tail between your legs," Worst said.

He said St. Joe lost some skill kids and has a new coach, Calvert should be a threat and Mohawk improved as the year went on last year. He also said Hopewell-Loudon and Seneca East also will be factors in the league race.

"I'm not real sure what it's going to look like," Worst said of the league picture. "I hope we're competitive."

What won't be changing anytime soon is Carey's offense: the triple option.

Matt Holsinger comes back to lead the way at quarterback, something the coach is grateful for.

"With the spread teams, you can put somebody in there and if they know their reads, their first read, second read, (they can succeed). But it takes a while so sometimes when you see that senior quarterback, they look a lot better," Worst said. "It's the same thing for us. We're reading down lineman instead of defensive backs. So it helps have someone coming back with experience and a little bit of killer instinct as far as wanting the ball. Obviously, we're going to do our reads for handoff, keep or pitch, but a lot of times people forget about running quarterbacks and it just so happens we like to take advantage of it."

The rest of the backfield will be new faces as far as starters go. Fullback will manned by Zach Brodman and Levi Smalley. At running back, Brandon Zechman, Bryan Powers and Alex Distel will see some time churning up the yards. ?At the split ends, Satchel Strahm and Zach Boes will play while Jared Wentling and Wade Neal working at tight end. Will McMahon will be in as blocking tight end.

On the line, Jacob Goble will man the left tackle with Anthony Blair next to him. At center, Brady Mulholland will handle the snaps and be flanked by Kyle Swartz at right guard. Zach Sauber will play right tackle.

"Considering how we finished the year, we're glad to see those guys back," Worst said of his offensive line, which features four starters returning. "They're not the biggest guys but as a group I thought they worked pretty hard to prepare themselves for the year. We'll see how that turns out."

The defense is 4-2-5 formation primarily.

Mulholland and Blair will play the defensive ends with Smalley, Swartz, Goble, Marcus O'Flaherty and Tyler Green figuring into the defensive tackle rotation.

The linebackers will be some mix of McMahon, Tyler Higgins and Brodman.

Holsinger, Boes and Strahm will rotate in at the corner spots with Powers, Distel and Wentling helping at strong safety, which Carey employs two of.

The free safety will be Zechman, who will be backed up by Abel LaRoche.

Punting in fall camp has been between Boes and Wentling, while Strahm returns to kick for the Blue Devils.

In classic Carey tradition, Worst said the goal is always to be at least .500 so the team picture can get on the team room wall.

"I would hope that they want to do better than they did last year," Worst said. "It's going to be kind of tough. We're starting the season with a couple of tough teams in Upper (Sandusky) and Bluffton. The challenge is going to be early. I hope if we don't get the first two, the team doesn't cash it in.

"I think as long as they understand that it's more about improving throughout the season, not necessarily playoffs or how many wins you do have," he said. "Obviously that's what everyone else looks at but we want to improve from the beginning to the end. That's always my goal."



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