October 24, 2013
Football news, notes: Unsung Darby defense continues to shine
There might not be a player like Caleb Day leading the way for the Hilliard Darby football team this fall, but it's impossible to deny that the program knows what it's doing on defense.
The Panthers hasn't faced an opponent like Westerville Central, which they meet Oct. 25. Still, it's impressive that Darby, which didn't have tons of experience returning, has been giving up just 11.1 points this fall.
Senior Josh Humbert is listed on his ScoutingOhio.com page at 6-4, 264, and he has a Division I offer from Akron.
Then there's senior free safety Devon Rogers, a 5-10, 200-pounder who has been offered by Air Force.
Senior linebacker Trevor Parker has been the leading tackler.
None of these guys have the reputation of Day, who went on to sign with Illinois, or 2013 graduate Cameron Kohl, who is playing for Ohio Dominican, but they're obviously doing something right.
Another player in the program who likely will play in college is senior offensive guard Tony Hajjar, who has offers from Notre Dame College in South Euclid and Sienna Heights (Mich.). He's 6-3, 265.
*Another program that is proving it is legit is Worthington Kilbourne.
The Wolves are 7-1 heading into a huge game Friday at undefeated and top-ranked New Albany.
Because Kilbourne has struggled the last few years, names like Joe Schick (center), Seth Hill (RB/DB), D.J. Freer (DL), Gavin Elifritz (DL) and Chandler Bridges (RB/DB) don't exactly roll off the tongue, but this senior class is special.
They bought into a hard offseason plan and it's paying off.
Schick is 6-3, 270, and has led the program's focus on strength-building and conditioning.
Although none of the players I listed have Division I offers that I know of yet, there's still time for them to make a name for themselves especially if they can make the playoffs.
It should be interesting to see if Kilbourne can hang with New Albany, especially since it's logical to think the Eagles will come in in a bad mood after barely getting by winless Big Walnut last week.