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Ready Roundup

Plethora of players contributing for football squad

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

There were numerous factors behind why the Ready High School football team averaged more than 43 points during a 4-0 start.

While the most obvious might be the continued development of senior running back Akili Taylor, coach Joel Cutler doesn't see his team as a one-player show.

Taylor was among area leaders in rushing yards with 870 through four games and had scored seven touchdowns.

Senior running backs Nickolas Chapman and Bran-den Bailey also have been key contributors to an offense that includes senior quarterback Matt Yoho and senior offensive lineman Brady Taylor.

More help could be on the way as well for Ready, which played Fisher Catholic on Sept. 27.

For the Silver Knights' game Friday, Oct. 4, against Washington Court House at DeSales, senior running back Deandre Golden and senior wide receiver Myles Fowler are expected to be in uniform for the first time.

Golden, a transfer from Watterson who rushed for 398 yards last season, and Fowler, who transferred from Westland, both had to sit out the first five games because of OHSAA transfer rules.

On Sept. 19 in a 49-19 win at Whitehall, Akili Taylor rushed for 274 yards and one touchdown and Bailey added 60 yards and two scores.

"We executed well up front (against Whitehall)," Cutler said. "I was really proud of how we stuck together.

"One of our mottos is, 'Be happy but don't be pleased.' We've done some glaring things that you can't do down the stretch and we know we still want to eliminate penalties and turnovers in the red zone."

Boys golf season ends at sectional

The boys golf team came up one spot shy of advancing to the Division III district tournament.

On Sept. 24 in the 12-team sectional tournament at Darby Creek, the Knights placed third (373) behind district-qualifiers Columbus Academy (312) and Wellington (318). Grandview also shot 373 but Ready finished third based on the fifth-player tiebreaker.

Competing for Ready were seniors Graham Green (92) and Nick Seipel (97), junior Jason Horn (95) and freshmen Ryan Smith (90) and Joey Centers (96).

"Of our top five players, three will be back," first-year coach Dave Whitt said. "We had a great time this year. We averaged 184 for nine holes and I think we could have done a little better than that if Jason Horn hadn't missed the first half of the season with a sports hernia."

Ready finished last (448) in the CCL postseason tournament Sept. 21 at Cooks Creek behind St. Charles (304), DeSales (318), Hartley (328), Watterson (330) and non-league opponent Worthington Christian (355).

On Sept. 23, the Knights had three girls compete in a Division II sectional at Blacklick Woods. Sophomore Alicia Lundy-Morse was the top finisher for the team with a 120, and junior Lee Richter and sophomore Kate Ferguson also participated.

Girls tennis team set for sectional

The girls tennis team will open the postseason Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Division II sectional tournament at Columbus Academy. The event concludes Saturday, Oct. 5.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament Oct. 11 and 12 at Columbus School for Girls.

Competing in singles for the Knights at sectional will be sophomores Mallory Green, Ellie McAndrew and Elizabeth Wolf. Playing doubles will be the teams of sophomores Allie Leidinger and Leah Ruth and junior Ashley Wright and sophomore Dawn Ritter.

Ready lost to Hartley 4-1 on Sept. 24 and finished 0-4 in the CCL. The Knights are 4-7 overall.

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