The following is a brief high school football preseason preview.
High school: Fairborn Skyhawks
Division / region: D-II, Region 6
League / conference: Greater Western Ohio Conference, South Division
Head coach: Roy Thobe, 12th season at Fairborn; 47-74 career record with Skyhawks.
Assistant coaches: Mark Landers, Brad Walker, Mark McCormick, Jerome Crosswhite, Chris English, Charlie Spain, Jon Parr, Josh Copeland, Jarrod Smith Chris Hunter, Will Hoskins.
2013 record: 1-4 GWOC South; 2-8 overall.
2013 highlights / notable achievements: Defeated Stebbins 44-31 in Week 2; defeated West Carrollton 28-20 in Week 9; offense was limited to eight points or less in four games; GWOC North crossover games against Sidney (4-6) and Piqua (4-6) were added in Weeks 4-5 and Bellbrook (4-6) and Northmont (8-3) were dropped.
5 key returners:
Lesle Switzer, 6-2, 190, jr., WR/DB
Aron Childers, 5-10, 175, jr., RB/DB
Corey Gayheart, 6-0, 235, sr., OL
Brandon Easterling, 5-9, 165, so., RB/CB
Dusty Johnson, 6-2, 235, jr., ILB
Liam Bailey, 6-2, 205, jr., ILB
Max Morgan-Elliot, 6-3, 230, so., DE
Wendell Wheeler, 6-0, 240, so., DE
Brandon Lilley, 5-11, 160, so., QB
Jordan Pumroy, 6-0, 160, jr., WR/CB
Brent Grody, 6-0, 185, jr., QB
Austin Hill, 5-11, 175, so., OLB
Christian Rountree, 5-11, 170, so., CB
Austin Sears, 6-5, 235, jr., OL
Jarod Olade, 6-1, 175, jr., WR
Tray Stidham, 5-10, 225, jr., OL
Tyler Cutlip, 5-7, 150, jr., RB
Gracen Barnhart, 5-8, 150, so., WR
Coach’s comments: This season looks to be a very exciting year for the Fairborn football team. We return three starters on offense and four starters on defense, which allows for several athletic newcomers an opportunity to play. With a great group of young core players working in the offseason each position should provide great competition. As a team we will embrace the week-to-week challenges and will look to be competitive for four quarters, giving us an opportunity to be successful each Friday night. Our team has built great chemistry and energy in the offseason and we are looking to take this chemistry and energy into the season.
Fri., Aug. 29 at Tecumseh, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 5 Stebbins, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 12 Beavercreek, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 19 at Sidney, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 26 Piqua, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 3 Springboro, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 10 at Miamisburg, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 17 Lebanon, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 24 at West Carrollton, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 31 at Xenia, 7 p.m.