September 10, 2013
Week 2 news, notes: Siegenthaler, Eagles impress
I got a chance to cover the New Albany football team last season when it opened with a 10-9 loss to Reynoldsburg, and I was left thinking that Darron Lee was a great athlete but nothing special as a quarterback. He of course is using that athleticism as a defensive back at Ohio State.
The kid I was really impressed with was Joe Siegenthaler, who made a 38-yard reception and had 80 yards rushing in limited duty that night.
The son of Wes Siegenthaler, who played for Ohio State in the late 1980s, Joe might be starting to come into his own.
He about 5-10 and about 180, and the kid has moves.
In New Albany's 57-50 win over Westerville Central on Sept. 6, he had a 61-yard touchdown run and also had seven catches for 188 yards.
New Albany has produced a number of good athletes the last few years and I've heard some great things about what the program is doing under new coach Pat Samanich.
When Leslie Anokye gets completely healthy, the Eagles' offense should take off even further.
Another New Albany player who impressed with his athleticism against Central was Obrempong Oppong, who returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and also had a touchdown catch.
*Hilliard Davidson is back to its old tricks again -- great defense, steady offense.
Phillipie Motley, a Pittsburgh recruit who rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown in a 21-0 win over Hilliard Darby on Sept. 6, is the kind of athlete that can make a great system like Davidson's downright scary.
Running back D.D. Clark is another solid running back and Alex Backenstoe is a linebacker and tight end who should end up playing somewhere collegiately.
*This just in: Granville knows how to pass the ball well.
The Aces have been doing it for years actually, and Ajay Alderman is just the latest in a long line of great receivers to come through the program. He had five touchdown catches in a 56-16 win over Heath on Sept. 6.
*What Reynoldsburg's David Moore did when he rushed for a program-record 323 yards against Hilliard Bradley on Sept. 5 was impressive.
It's true that Bradley didn't tackle well throughout the second half of the Raiders' 33-21 win, but Moore showed he is ready to take on a full-time running load. He's not a big kid at 5-8, 204, so he's going to have to keep putting up those kinds of numbers if he has hopes of playing collegiately.