Senior class expected to lead CHS

| August 23, 2016

COSHOCTON – Senior leadership will be one of Coshocton High School’s main strengths this year on the football field.

“We have a strong senior class that is all great leaders,” said Head Coach Jim Woodrum. “I also feel like we are a pretty physical team. Our weakness though is that we are young. We are going to have to build our depth and I think we can accomplish that by the end of the season.”

Joining the 12 seniors on the roster are 15 juniors, nine sophomores and 18 freshmen.

“There are no newcomers,” Woodrum said. “Everyone has been with the program all along and three or four of them have been starters since they were sophomores. Ashton Jarvis, Jonathan Eberwine and Chris Addy had real good camps. Actually a lot of the guys we expected to have good camps have.”

This is Woodrum’s seventh year as head coach and 25th year with the team, which is coming off of a 7-3 season.

He couldn’t think of any major holes that need filled from last season, but instead believes the team just needs some game experience.

“You can practice all you want, but you’ve got to get under the lights,” Woodrum said.

The CHS Redskins will play five games at home this year including one against new opponent Columbus Crusaders.

“They replace West Holmes,” Woodrum said. “We are only playing them for one year though because Ridgewood will take that place next year.”

Coshocton plays in the ECOL and Woodrum said he expects Meadowbrook to be a strong opponent again and to see a lot of improvement throughout the league.

The Redskins will be led offensively this season by senior quarterback Andrew Mason.

“This is his third year as quarterback and he’s got to play big for us,” Woodrum said. “Our veteran offensive line has to be leaders up front too. We are actually kind of a veteran team. We just don’t have a lot of depth after our seniors.”

CHS opens its season at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 against Fairless High School.

“We have similar goals every year,” Woodrum said. “We set weekly ones and season goals which are to win all our home games, the league and to make the playoffs.”

Those home games this year will be played on new artificial turf that was installed at the Redskins’ Stewart Field.

“The guys are real excited to get on it,” Woodrum said. “They keep asking me about it. We are used to turf though because most of the teams we play have it.”

Helping Woodrum coach the Redskins are Josh Coffman, Tim Fortney, Judd Baker, Alex Ballentine, Steve Smith, Jason Minosky, Jeremy Ady, Jamie Helter, Gary Forbes and John Lonsberry.


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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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