You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Overdoses have doubled in Clark County in the past 24 hours

Tigers attempt to scratch out another regional run

West-Liberty Salem returns eight on high-scoring offense


In his first season as coach, Dan McGill took the West Liberty-Salem Tigers to the regional finals.

What’s in store for season No. 2? Much of the same, they hope.

The Tigers return the majority of their offense from a team that averaged 42 points. It’ll be counted on early to put up points in support of the defense, which returns four starters.

“I like where this team’s mind is at right now,” McGill said. “They feel like they have a lot to prove. I don’t think they’re looking back at last year as a feather in their cap, so to speak, but ready to prove they’re a very good team this year.”

The Tigers (10-3 overall; 5-2 Ohio Heritage Conference) reached the Division VI regional championship before falling to OHC rival Mechanicsburg 34-28 in two overtimes. The other two losses? Both came against OHC competition — 32-22 loss to Mechanicsburg and 33-29 to OHC champ Triad.

McGill expects another tough run through the OHC.

Junior quarterback Brandon Upton (2,113 yards passing, 25 touchdowns) has options in seniors Landon Williams (48 catches, 841 yards, 13 TDs) Kam Evans (19/327/3), Trent Thomas (45/584/4) and junior Dusty Moell.

Junior Trevor Anderson returns at running back (350 yards rushing). Senior Dylan Leopard and sophomore Brandon Wolfe will also see carries.

Seniors Drew Smith, Beau Humphrey, Aaron Kindler and sophomore Trent Schumucker are key on the offensive line.

“The offense is getting a good grasp of what we’re trying to do,” McGill said. “It’s another year into my expectations for this system. I feel like offensively they’re executing fairly well in both the run and passing game right now. … The receivers have developed great timing already with Brandon. Those guys worked on their own all summer to continue to improve on that. So far it’s been showing.”

Senior linebacker Ben Burden (116 tackles, six sacks, second-team All-Ohio) leads on defense. The hard-hitting Burden will also provide valuable leadership on a defense that graduated its defensive line.

Smith, Humphrey, Kindler and Schumacker will anchor the line along with Leopard. Wolfe joins Burden at linebacker in the Tigers’ 4-2-5 defense.

Experience is plentiful in the secondary with Anderson (89 tackles), Evans (33 tackles, 3 INTs), Thomas (37 tackles, 2 INTs), Williams and Moell.

“Ben sets a physical tone for our defense. The other guys feed off his physicality,” McGill said. “The biggest concern is we’re replacing all four defensive linemen. So far I’ve been pleased with their progress. Some of those guys we’ve needed to step up, I’m starting to see that now.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

High School Wrestling: Graham, St. Ed duel to become ‘king of the state’
High School Wrestling: Graham, St. Ed duel to become ‘king of the state’

Before going after its fifth consecutive Ohio High School Athletic Association team title, the Graham wrestling team is looking to defend its claim as the top program in Ohio regardless of division. The Falcons welcome St. Edward at 7 p.m. Saturday in a dual between the top team in Division II (Graham) and Division I. St. Edward is ranked third and...
Dayton Flyers recruit becomes school’s all-time leading scorer
Dayton Flyers recruit becomes school’s all-time leading scorer

McKinley Wright, one of the four players in Dayton’s 2017 recruiting class, became Champlin Park (Minn.) High School’s all-time leading scorer Tuesday. Wright, a 6-foot point guard, scored 22 points in a victory over Elk River. With his 1,392nd point, he passed Champlin Park alum J.T. Gibson. Wright is the second UD recruit in the class...
Michigan State snags commitment from Dayton prep standout
Michigan State snags commitment from Dayton prep standout

Dunbar four-star prospect Joseph Scates has gotten his recruiting decision out of the way early. The Wolverines junior announced Tuesday night he is going to Michigan State. “I just want to take this time to thank god for blessing me with the ability and talent to have a chance at the next level,” he wrote.  Per 247sports composite...
Girls Basketball State Poll: Is your team ranked?
Girls Basketball State Poll: Is your team ranked?

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): DIVISION I 1. Newark (12) 14-0 190 2. Mason (6) 11-1 179 3. Lakota West (2) 13-1 171 4. Tol. Start 11-1 132 5. Solon 9-2 100 6...
LeBron James sneakers available at auction for more than $4k
LeBron James sneakers available at auction for more than $4k

LeBron James fans might be able to get their hands on a pair of his sneakers, but it's going to cost a lot more than the standard Foot Locker price.
More Stories