Below are capsule looks at OCC-Capital Division football teams. To read full offseason stories, including comments from all coaches, for each team as well as all teams throughout central Ohio over the coming weeks, visit the Spring Football Edition of Friday Night Live at

Below are capsule looks at OCC-Capital Division football teams. To read full offseason stories, including comments from all coaches, for each team as well as all teams throughout central Ohio over the coming weeks, visit the Spring Football Edition of Friday Night Live at

•Coach: Joe Weaver, third season

•2010 record: 10-3 overall, 5-2 (tied for second) in OCC-Capital Division

•Final 2010 computer ranking: Fifth in Division II, Region 7

•Outlook: One might think that coach Joe Weaver would prefer to see his players focus solely on football during the offseason.

The reality, however, is that Weaver encourages his players to participate in other sports. And when spring rolls around, he knows he can find most of his players on a baseball or lacrosse field or competing in track and field.

If they aren't playing another sport, then they are in the weight room, Weaver said.

Quarterback and defensive back Tyler Beam jumped right into basketball once the football team ended last season with a 42-14 loss to Uniontown Lake in a Division II regional final on Nov. 19. As soon as the boys basketball team ended this past season with a 57-30 loss to Centennial in the second round of the Division II district tournament on Feb. 25, the junior turned his attention to baseball. He said he will turn his attention to football activities once the spring season has ended.

Weaver plans to use some of the 10 offseason coaching days allotted by the OHSAA for 7-on-7 passing drills with other teams.

•Coach: Zebb Schroeder, first season

•2010 record: 3-7 overall, 2-5 (sixth) in OCC-Capital Division

•Final 2010 computer ranking: 21st in Division I, Region 3

•Outlook: First-year coach Zebb Schroeder is hoping that physical Fridays in June and July will turn into physical Friday nights next fall.

Schroeder, who was named on March 16 to replace Mike LoParo, wants his players to understand that the smallest player on the team can play physical.

Schroeder is leading a program for the first time after spending the past eight years as an assistant at Olentangy Liberty. LoParo was 16-15 overall and 11-8 in the OCC-Capital Division in his three seasons at Delaware, including the program's first playoff appearance in 2008.

Schroeder said between 30 and 40 players have attended 6 a.m. workouts three days a week during the past month. Schroeder plans to implement a fun, physical environment in which players and groups will compete against one another on Fridays after the school year ends. He expects between 20 and 25 seniors to come out for the team, although the junior class may have only 12 to 15 players. The sophomores, who won nine freshman games last season, have 30 to 40 potential players.

The coach's allotted 10 days with the players in the offseason will include three mini-camps in late June to acclimate the players to the new terminology. The Pacers will have a team camp July 14-16 at Ohio Wesleyan, using the Battling Bishops' facility for two practices a day and film study. The other four days include two for a special teams camp and two for 7-on-7 scrimmages.

•Coach: Rodney Hopkins, second season

•2010 record: 0-10 overall, 0-7 (eighth) in OCC-Capital Division

•Final 2010 computer ranking: Tied for 29th in Division I, Region 3

•Outlook: One of the less obvious drawbacks the Falcons endured last fall after not having a team in 2009 might have occurred inside the locker room.

According to coach Rodney Hopkins, it took time for the players who were returning from other schools and a talented but small group of newcomers to jell.

Hopkins is planning to create more cohesiveness this offseason by taking the Falcons to Wittenberg University for a team camp in July.

The Falcons went 5-5 in 2008 but stumbled last fall to 0-10.

Hopkins is planning a more straight-forward approach next season, particularly on offense.

With junior fullback John Pyles behind an offensive line that should include his sophomore brother, Josh Pyles, and sophomore Robert Follrod, the Falcons expect to run the triple-option offense.

Hopkins installed the offense last year after Franklin Heights had run a form of the spread under former coach Jeff Pica.

There were only 15 freshmen out last fall, although the group has talent, according to Hopkins.

•Coach: Anthony Naples, first season

•2010 record: 6-4 overall, 5-2 (tied for second) in OCC-Capital Division

•Final 2010 computer ranking: 13th in Division I, Region 3

•Outlook: Anthony Naples acknowledges that the best-case scenario for him and the Yellow Jackets program is that they build from what was accomplished the last four seasons under former coach Gary Keller.

With players such as Leevi Stump expected to remain in the fold next season, that process should be somewhat easier.

After Keller stepped down last December following the Yellow Jackets' first winning season since 2003, it took the school's administration more than three months to hire a replacement.

Naples, who coached Westland to a 10-20 overall record from 2002-04 and has been the athletics director at Madison Plains the last two years, was hired April 4.

The expected return of Stump gives Naples' optimism additional fuel.

Stump, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound running back who will be a senior next fall, made second-team all-district last fall. He rushed for 875 yards and 12 touchdowns and finished with 17 total scores.

Shawn Maxwell is another junior who should be back after he completed 21 of 47 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns while splitting time at quarterback.

Junior Bradley Fenton (6-3, 185) was one of the team's leading tacklers last season and also should return.

•Coach: Mark Mueller, eighth season

•2010 record: 10-1 overall, 7-0 (first) in OCC-Capital Division

•Final 2010 computer ranking: Second in Division II, Region 7

•Outlook: One of the things the seniors said before last season was that none of them had experienced a playoff game.

Since joining the OCC-Capital Division in 2006, the Eagles have won consistently. But after making a Division III state semifinal appearance in 2006, they missed the playoffs the next three years despite posting seven wins each of those seasons.

Last year, the Eagles made the Division II playoffs, losing to Dresden Tri-Valley 30-27 in overtime in the first round.

With seniors all over the field, the biggest question for New Albany heading into the offseason was where its leadership would come from next season.

"We're going to need some people to step up and lead," said coach Mark Mueller, whose team finished second (31.15 points) in the Division II, Region 7 computer rankings last season behind Marion-Franklin (31.8657).

Before the 2009 season, Mueller implemented a plan for developing good character players. The idea was taken from Jim Tressel's book The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life. The Eagles spend 20 minutes in the classroom every Monday before practice. They call these sessions "character education."

•Coach: Brian Cross, fourth season

•2010 record: 6-4 overall, 5-2 (tied for second) in OCC-Capital Division

•Final 2010 computer ranking: 16th in Division II, Region 7

•Outlook: Brian Cross has more than 200 wins in his high school coaching career, but one thing has not changed much as he looks toward his 30th season leading a program — having the players get bigger and stronger during the offseason.

As he prepares the Pioneers for their fourth season, Cross said the foundation for a winning team begins in the weight room.

Cross said the biggest questions are at linebacker; however, he is encouraged because of the expected return of most of the offensive line.

Junior Jonathan Peddicord leads the returning linebackers and also plays fullback. Junior Alex Smith, a 6-foot, 215-pound transfer from Watterson, may help fill a vacancy at linebacker.

The offensive line is expected to return Bill McCague (6-3, 250 pounds), a first-team all-league performer at right guard, as well as sophomores Cole Snowden (guard; 6-2, 235) and Spencer Wilson (center; 6-2, 260) and junior tight end Taylor Hardy (6-3, 210).

Junior Doug Ganim (5-9, 240) leads the defensive line at nose guard. He also is playing first singles on the tennis team this spring.

•Coach: Jeff Severino, fourth season

•2010 record: 6-4, 3-4 (fifth) in OCC-Capital Division

•Final 2010 computer ranking: 17th in Division II, Region 7

•Outlook: The Warriors players who do not participate in a spring sport are staying active nonetheless.

A spring basketball league for those athletes, including eighth-graders at the middle school, is being held for a third year. Run by Steve Hill, it has become a fun way for individuals to stay sharp.

The Warriors are coming off a 6-4 season in which they made tremendous offensive strides operating in a new spread offense, which coach Jeff Severino plans to keep despite losing senior quarterback Devonte Marable.

Much of the offensive line should return, including sophomore center Boban Stepanovich (6-4, 270) and junior tackle Reno Reda (6-5, 225), a Division I college prospect. Juniors Jake Hopson (6-0, 175) and Tyler Hodge (5-8, 175) are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job when fall practices begin Aug. 1.

In the meantime, the Warriors will spend three days attending a team camp in mid-July at Muskingum University. Coaches are allotted 10 days with their players overall, and Severino said the other days will be used practicing on Mondays beginning in June. On three of those days, the team will participate in 7-on-7 sessions with Granville, Walnut Ridge and one other opponent, possibly Lakewood.